Mini USB Drive Mod: Keys




This is a mod that will give you a sweet little USB drive up to 4 gigabytes! Also, this is really small. Have fun and hope you like it!
EDIT: The USB drive will still work and hold memory after you are done. There is no reason to cut of the circuit board; it would be almost impossible to do that with the USB drive you will need for this project!
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Step 1: Get the Supplies!

You will need to buy some stuff to make this USB mod because the original USB drive must be TINY.
You will need:
Kingston Data Traveler mini fun ($13 to $30) from
A old laptop keyboard or some keys.
Tape. Optional if you (Like Me) do not want to make this permanent.
Xacto knife. Maybe a screwdriver (not philips head) or other prying tool would work.
That is All!

Step 2: Take Off Casing

You will need to take the casing off the usb drive. Dont worry, its pretty easy. Just pry it apart with the Xacto knife. Behold: A really teeny USB drive!

Step 3: Trim and Cut Keys

Take the keys from the old laptop keyboard. If you are having trouble getting a keyboard, do what I did: Ask the computer admins at your school. The one I talked to, Jack, was happy to give me a keyboard, with one key missing, that cost about $200 to replace!
Now, to work. Cut out all the attaching crud off the back of the key, then trim one end to fit the USB drive.
repeat on other key.

Step 4: Protection

If you (Like me) do not want to make this permanent, then wrap some duct tape around the part of the drive that will be covered.

Step 5: Glue!

Pretty simple: just glue on the keys from the laptop keyboard one at a time and wait for the glue to dry.

Step 6: Sand

You will want to sand the glued drive to make everything smooth.

Step 7: Optional: Filling in the Holes

You might have noticed that the sides look wierd, because they are not filled in. I got annoyed by that, so I used some hot glue to fix it. Here is how:
Squirt some hot glue into the sides, and keep it pretty even, with no bubbles.
Now, run the hot tip of the hot glue gun, smoothing out the side with the side of the tip.
Now you can color it with black paint or a sharpie.

Step 8: Show It Off!

Here are some finished pics.

Step 9: Have Fun!

Have some fun using your new drive! Be Proud!
You can take screen shots by pressing print Screen (prntscrn or prt sc).
Also download wisdom-soft screenhunter (free version) for better screenshots.
See how many Firefox windows you can open!
use iTunes!
Try out Firefox 3 beta 5. The BEST browser!
Play games.
And finally, show off your new USB Drive to all your friends and teachers.
Yes, i stopped uploading screen shots of Firefox-opening, just scroll down to the comments section to see them. I will post the record (that I know of).

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    on a school computer i figured out that if you use the arrow key to get to the icon (Google earth the slowest) then hold enter for ever they wont start to open till you let go and then a minet after so much fun to do to friends when there not looking then you say hey and they turn around to a disaster we held it fore 5 minest they all came up like 476 then we put more on top of it and 2 came up then it said system fail yer and shut off

    thats 478


    11 years ago on Introduction

    quote from dell picture: "For some reason, this USB drive looks best next to or in Dell computers. cool!" perhaps it's because you used Dell keys? : D

    8 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    windows computers are the only ones that are broken before they are sold...although you are probably right about dell's. my friend had a dell desktop running windows XP and eventually, it got so full of viruses and other assorted malware that it became very slow and almost unusable so it was replaced with a Mac. lol

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It wasn't a problem with the computer, he just didn't maintain it. Did he ever uninstall programs he ever used, or had a antivirus like Norton?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I've had my e1505 for a few years now, and I run it HARD all day, and most of the night 365 days a year - only thing broken on it is the D key, and that's because it gets used way more than anything else. oh, and the screen hinge is a *little* wobbley.


    9 years ago on Step 3

    Even two years ago laptop keyboards didn't cost $200. If you're really having trouble finding one free, you can usually get a complete keyboard for about $20-30 off Ebay.


    9 years ago on Step 9

    I could do this.   Windows 7 and a nice computer.  You'll hate my taskbar, though.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 9

    Ah, I only got 408 open, then it crashed before I could screen-shot it.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Holy s****! And with transparency on! Nice computer. Ill put this on the instructable if it is ok with you.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Go for it.. I should make on for a looping batch... that's how I opened them. Batch was as follows: :launch [path to firefox.exe] goto :launch that's it.. loop until you kill the batch


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea... I just had an idea to crash a victim's computer with this instead of a shutdown shortcut like this


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Well, i might not agree that windows computers are broken when they are sold, but it is certainly harder to get a virus on linux :) ! I use Ubuntu most of the time, and have installed it on many windows computers that are "Broken"; While windows is not always broken, it is quite bloated, and does require virus protection. Even with it it runs slower than linux. So I choose Ubuntu. But I try to respect windows users.

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