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    What to do with an 8Gb usb memory stick

    I just got a free Samsung 8Gb memory stick, and it looks very stylish, is very compact, and would even work as a keyring.. but I can't really think of anything useful to do with it. It seems such a waste.

    Memory sticks were so handy a few years ago, but in the era of smartphones and dropbox, I don't use them much anymore.

    Any creative ideas?

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    I have a 4GB I keep around to install windows.
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    You can use a flash drive to lock your PC while you're away from it. Or put a bootable OS on it in case your PC ever crashes and you want to try recover it.
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    Bootable usb-stick, slap something like puppy linux on it to recover important files such as non-backed up pictures or texts from virus locked computers, and a few virus scanning/malware removal programs.

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-mu...t-usb-creator/

    Just download that, and then use that to both make it bootable and download the added programs you want to it.

    Leave most of it empty for space to save those documents i mentioned. Hopefully you won't need it, but if you ever do it'll be computer saving (also if it's on keyring and always with you, can make you look like Hacker Wizard Computer God to people who have no idea of computers but get theirs virus ridden).

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    If it's fast enough (doubt it) and you have little RAM (not likely) you could attempt to use it with Readyboost. Though results will vary and it will never be as quick as an actual SSD.

    I use old drives/memory sticks for game install backups. As games are now download, I like having a backup should I need to reinstall. Though honestly, it's probably quicker on the download than from a USB stick. The only reason I do prefer them is I will not eat up all my bandwidth (as it's limited currently) on a couple of games.
    It is a technical difference, but's there none the less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillButNotBen View Post
    Memory sticks were so handy a few years ago, but in the era of smartphones and dropbox, I don't use them much anymore.
    You can get USB sticks up to 256GB capacity now, much faster than smartphone storage too with read speeds up to 300MB/sec. I don't use anything so exotic mind you -- just picked up a basic 32GB Sony USB 3.0 stick today.
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    I use my USB stick for carrying around encrypted containers and my Keepass database, could probably just use BT sync as well. I mean who want to access my stuff anyways.

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    Put all kinds of weird, inspiring or cryptic stuff on it, add a big "hello lucky person who found this stick" readme-file on it, and casually drop/place the stick somewhere and pat yourself on the back and start calling yourself an artist from now on :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olero View Post
    Put all kinds of weird, inspiring or cryptic stuff on it, add a big "hello lucky person who found this stick" readme-file on it, and casually drop/place the stick somewhere and pat yourself on the back and start calling yourself an artist from now on :)
    Use permanent marker and write "Minecraft save files", then spend a while in a survival game (not ironman), when you die backup the save to the USB and geocache it.
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    I have one loaded with MP3s that I use with my car stereo. Receivers capable of this are pretty damn cheap these days.
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    DRM-free games
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    Hmm. All good ideas, but nothing really leaps out at me. Is it possible to do them all at once? Can I make a bootable USB that has 4-5 different options to boot into?
    I guess I might use it for a rescue disk/backup type thing.. but that's rather dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillButNotBen View Post
    Hmm. All good ideas, but nothing really leaps out at me. Is it possible to do them all at once? Can I make a bootable USB that has 4-5 different options to boot into?
    I guess I might use it for a rescue disk/backup type thing.. but that's rather dull.
    4-5? Not enough.
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