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Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 20, 2008 10:23AM
w/ bigger & cheaper flash drives available every day, what is proper "retirement" program to offer to our older/smaller (& more expensive) flash drives of yesteryear?

and,

is there an unofficial minimum size flash drive one should use these days?

still using a few 1GB's as the minimum here for specific tasks that they fit, otherwise it's 2GB or 4GB for general on the road use. the 512MB's and smaller, have become "family projects," trying to fit them into Lego blocks, keychain fobs, and other inanimate objects that seem like fun at the time...



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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 20, 2008 10:26AM
trickle-down to the kids after being properly formatted. The kids lose ' em eventually.
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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: May 20, 2008 10:27AM
I have a 32MB drive that I purchased back in 2001 when the only place to find them was online. I still use that to print CD face labels on my printer. I use a 512 (freebie) and a 4GB every day. The 4GB is my daily back-up of purchase orders and hard drive contents for work.
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Posted by: olnacl
Date: May 20, 2008 10:28AM
give to my cheap co-worker



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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: May 20, 2008 10:29AM
Donate them to a local school? Or better yet, donate them to my school! I have many kids that would love to have one!



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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: May 20, 2008 10:29AM
I use them.

Or if I don't need them, I give them away to friends/family that can use them.

They are nice to have on hand to transport files for use during client meetings. I format the thumb drive on my Mac (as FAT16) and add the client files prior to using it on their Windows machine. (This procedure ensures against any Windows viruses from its use with other clients.)

They are also useful as a compartmentalized redundant backup system for important files.
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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: May 20, 2008 10:31AM
They are good for camera firmware downloads/updates. I have a lot of the so I am going to buy a bunch of new cameras.
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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: May 20, 2008 10:33AM
USB Flash RAID? smiling smiley
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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 20, 2008 10:35AM
I use them a lot like we used to use floppy disks...
Put files on 'em to pass around.

If I get 'em back, great... if not.. not a big deal.

But I consider anything over 256 to be still "useful" and don't give those away lightly.

I'd love to be able to buy like a 50 pack of 128's or 256's to pass out to the teachers to bring work back and forth from home.... most of them haven't exactly mastered emailing things to themselves yet.



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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: beerman
Date: May 20, 2008 10:36AM
blusubaru, that's exactly what I was thinking. Remember the days of memory card risers?
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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: SteveO
Date: May 20, 2008 10:36AM
This is a good question and one I've been wrestling with myself. I have had need lately for a thumb drive but then I think, why not just use one of my old flash drives with its universal card reader gadjet thingy? Not as elegant as a thumb drive but it will do the job.
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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: kap
Date: May 20, 2008 10:40AM
We loose them before they get old.



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Posted by: maco
Date: May 20, 2008 10:41AM
Throw them in a drawer.
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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 20, 2008 11:12AM
Give them to luddite friends in hope to drag them into the last century. grinning smiley I gave a used 512 MB flash as a birthday present 2 months ago. She had not used it yet. Then I showed her it would hold the contents of *EVERY* floppy she owned (put 2 backups on CD, one to keep at work, one at home) and was amazed at the speed and convenience.

I just got a new tiny 8 GB USB drive. I have almost left it somewhere three times in the last week.



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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 20, 2008 11:21AM
1) Use for giving files to people instead of CD-R's, less hassle to make and more environmentally friendly

2) If you have old CompactFlash cards, you can use those as boot drives for older PB's, such as a PB1400, so as to be able to run the machine silently: [retromaccast.ning.com]




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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: May 20, 2008 11:59AM
I've passed my old ones on to friends.



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Re: Poll: What do you do w/ your old/small Flash Drives?
Posted by: M>B>
Date: May 20, 2008 07:25PM
I use them for saving favorite URL's and e-mail addresses so I can just walk up to any computer, plug it in and surf my favorite sites and send mail to friends!
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