After sifting through the Web for DIYs, here are seven of the most doable (and unusual) homemade thumbdrives out there.
Flickr user charles_mangin
Turn an old floppy disk into a USB drive
There's more than one reason to boast about this hand-crafted USB drive. Besides finding a way to upcycle an old relic from the '90s, Flickr user Charles Mangin found a way to wire the drive so that, when plugged in, the red activity LED lights up.
This DIY drive is just adorable. A 49-cent IKEA toy and a capped USB drive are combined to create a stealthy thumbdrive. Beheaded and plugged into a USB port, the stuffed animal looks like it got its head stuck in the computer.
How awesome is this DIY? Friends and colleagues will do a double take when they see a torn USB cable plugged into your computer.
Using any thumbdrive and a USB cable you no longer need, this project can be completed for under $15. Get the step-by-step here.
(Just make sure no one throws it away after mistaking it for a ripped cord.)
Instructables user fungus amungus
The double-sided USB drive
What's better than one storage drive? Two!
Ed Lewis, the creator of this double-ended USB drive, explains that he created this drive with a desire to keep his work and personal files separate. He writes, "Sure sure, this could be done with two folders on one drive, but I enjoy the switching of one drive to the other as a physical reminder of what I'm working on."
OK, maybe this isn't a USB drive, but this was closely related and too awesome to exclude from this collection.
First spotted on Lifehacker, this DIY shows you where to put a USB port where least expected: in your mouse. More than that, you have the option to also embed an internal drive in your mouse for extra storage space.
Crazy, right? The DIY uses a few store-bought items and tools you likely have laying around the house.