Wat do with old, slow and low capacity USB flash drives?

Can they be repurposed for something useful?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i use one for transferring files to my soft modded PS2 because the ports on it are USB 1.0 and are extremely picky about what drive you use

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I use them for Windows installations on old machines, to play with some Live distros and for these

      maybe for bios updates

      too.

      Also I transfer files from my android phone with an OTG adapter.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Forgot to add that I use them on PS2 to put roms on them to play on emulators. Same thing on a modded Wii and to install apps on a modded PS3.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Load up my mixtape (str8 fire) and leave them in public places.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just keep a few around for live distros. Every stick made in the last decade was >= 16GB anyway.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    load them with antisemitic memes and leave them on some public place.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Storing log files

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you can always use a zip disquette as your output destination if you do AI image generation and don't want to waste SSD writes on garbage gens you'll delete anyway.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    maybe for bios updates

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I keep them as emergency linux boot drives. Always carry one with me.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    maybe for doing a backup of your keepassxc database.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've probably bought 25 thumb drives in the last 10 years and I've lost every single one of them

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You should use those lanyard attachments on the side.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'll send you photos of me banging your mom and then you can leave them in a place where your dad will find it.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Some people use them as boot disks for small servers. I don't use them often anymore beyond reinstalling an OS.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    eat them

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Use Ventoy and make a multiboot USB out of one of them. The others I think just fill with whatever info you want. Ebooks, memes, red pill stuff etc.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wanted to 'use up' the writes they still had on them (yes I'm autistic) but then I realized some of these frickers have MLC flash. They are old, small (capacity), slow (~5MB/s seq write, random is abysmal like ~20KB/s), big (physically chunky, can't even use them in side-by-side ports on most computers).....but they'll probably last a long long time, probably got more writes left in em than I can imagine. Fricking hell. I tried fliping the removable bit so I can turn them into a raid0 Windows Storage Space, going from computer to computer, but no luck flipping that bit, couldn't find the tools needed for these ones. Reckon I need to admit defeat and let them live long comfy lives in retirement now.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is it true that they can be used as an external RAM?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      """"""""""yes"""""""""", but I'd imagine using a USB 2.0 or worse drive for a pagefile would be so unfathomably agonizing that you'd be better off just having less ram.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Windows ReadyBoost, in case you want to improve Vista's performance on a 512mb RAM system but don't want to just install more ram for some reason.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >vista on 512MB
        >even vista on 4GB

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Install ventoy and dump some .isos in them mine has w10/w11(home pro education iot enterprise ltsc etc), Debian, mint, clonezilla, openwrt.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    fill them with viruses and drop them on the streets

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I use them as keydisks for machines with FDE that I don't want to enter passwords for on bootup. A good usecase not harmed by low capacity/speed.

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    detached efi/boot/header for LUKS disk

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      qrd? sounds interesting

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Back up your encryption keys and passwords.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Store them, as many as possible, filled with random data. It gives the wagie at the police station more work, they have to image and catalog each and every one. Increases the cost of the investigation. There are several cases where suspects walked free because they overwhelmed the police forensics department with too many drives and the case was binned on cost grounds.

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    cherish them, because modern usbs fail in monthsx and often after one write

  24. 2 months ago
    sage

    >up with a couple pictures of a woman in her underwear.
    >write a batch script to copy and run a preconfigured SilentCryptoMiner from the usb to the pc and rename it to nudes.exe
    >write some generic woman's name on the USB like "Jessica"
    >Leave the USB in public and enjoy your free money

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >fill with cp. I don't mean pics of nude little grilz, I mean picsets and vids of fat middle aged men rearranging babies insides with their wieners.
    >put it all in self extracting archive
    >write script that runs whois on host (machine usb plugged into) and send that as a report to fbi.
    >put "DO NOT COPY" stickers on them and place randomly in cbd, public transport

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i keep one in my butthole, just incase

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    One is a travel stick with a copy of your passport and few other docs. You can keep it in your key ring.
    To be honest when I needed it (long story) my embassy said they don't accept usb sticks because it's a security risk. So maybe fill them with some goddamn comic books then

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      you lose your keys you're fricked.
      t. have a syncthing folder with all that shit on muh phone.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Eh, they might check it during international travel. In theory it's counter intelligence stuff, in practice they are mostly looking for cp and stuff like that, but I wouldn't want to have a bunch of copyrighted material on my HDD when they take a quick look.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >To be honest when I needed it (long story) my embassy said they don't accept usb sticks because it's a security risk.
      greentxt without doxxing?

      but yeah this is muh

      you lose your keys you're fricked.
      t. have a syncthing folder with all that shit on muh phone.

      & literally all I'd have to do is email them a picture of a certified copy of muh passport, d/l, medicare card etc.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >To be honest when I needed it (long story) my embassy said they don't accept usb sticks because it's a security risk.
      greentxt without doxxing?

      but yeah this is muh [...] & literally all I'd have to do is email them a picture of a certified copy of muh passport, d/l, medicare card etc.

      as long as I either have muh phone or can log into a device I can get the files.

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Linux boot sticks. Or I infect them and "drop them" at airports.

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Put one of your favourite anime series on each one, then wrap them up and encase them in concrete. Just in case.

  30. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    put empty bitcoin wallets on them and throw them away

  31. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For <512MB sticks, I store encryption keys and other small, but critical data on them.
    In the 512MB-4GB regimen, Windows RE images and other rescue disk ISOs.
    Over 4GB, I still consider day-to-day useful, and they receive no specia treatment.

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