WOF: Do you carry a USB drive every day? If so, what's on it?

By Matthew
Aug 17, 2012
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  1. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 893   +98

    Had 3 for a while, 2x2GB and 1x16GB, the 16GB died on me sadly, the other tow have various tools, one is bootable memtest along with a variety of repair tools, the other has random files and pictures I collect. Both of these drives have been through the washing machine numerous times, one spent over two months in the bottom before I found it, still works. I've dropped one out of a moving car doing 50km/h, stopped picked it up and it was still good. Quite remarkable for RetailPlus branded usb keys that are not designed to withstand this kind of abuse, and they were free on top of that, well, five finger discount. Any large files I put on an encrypted 320GB WD Black HDD in an InWin Ammo.
  2. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    I never leave home without (at least) one. I'm the one my friends come to when they have infected their system beyond repair, short of an fdisk to fix it. I keep Hirens Boot CD on one, a copy of Ubuntu on another, Backtrack on a third. I also keep an ISO (image) of all OS drives in the house on a 2.5" external 500GB.
  3. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 948   +29

    I used to carry one, but I have no idea where it's now. All it was used for is transferring files, and I don't need to do this often enough which is why I don't really try to find it.
  4. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,648   +51

    School stuff, a few movies, avast setup, malwarebytes setup, ccleaner, pictures and I think regular nintendo emulator. I seldom use it but its on my key chain, I think its 16gigs.
  5. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,573   +47

    I've been carrying a 32gb around with me the past few week between friend's houses. It has my entire collection of Family Guy on it at the moment.
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 815   +19

    Had a Micro Center generic one fail on me, then next week all files were again accessible. Guaranteed forever tho. Sometimes carry one. Kept my Spanish class lessons on there, now I keep versions of Firefox for whatever reason. Also keep my vnc program on there for remote controlling computers for my business. Usually have to visit the site/home at least once because the routers are too complex for the user to set up, and my vnc program doesn't work behind a router firewall.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,783   +639

    I keep a few, mainly for transferring between machines + a 32 gig loaded up with utilities (usually out of date)
    Likewise, though mine is full of UK comedies ( Peep Show, The Office, Green Wing, Darkplace, Man to Man with Dean Lerner, Spaced, Black Books, Monty Python etc.) since there's always someone at the conclusion of every gathering who thinks it's a good idea to inflict an Adam Sandler or Ben Stiller movie on everyone.
  8. amazing how many people here "fix PCs" on a daily basis that requires permanently carrying USB, opposed to just bring it when needed.

    that, and the frequency of booting from a usb drive. seriously? daily?
  9. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    1 x 32 GB Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0
    1 x 4 GB Kanguru FlashBlu High-Performance Drive
    2 x 8 GB Lexar Jumpdrives

    And, of course, a 500GB Zalman USB 3.0 portable with a Scorpio Black inside :)
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,759   +1,422

    The point is not that the USB drives are used daily. The point is carrying the USB sticks daily and when needed you have them with you. I carry a knife daily but that doesn't mean I use it every day. As for carrying the USB sticks only when needed, I'm glad you are fortunate enough to know when you will need them.
  11. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Posts: 671   +39

    I use to have a 2gb usb for school but now that I graduated we have parted ways. Just don't need it for everyday use usually.
     
  12. KbloodyK

    KbloodyK TechSpot Member Posts: 24

    I carry a 128GB portable SSD as well as an internal 32gb SSD and two 32GB micro SD cards and a 32GB dongle size USB. I also have a 1TB HDD in my car (which I always have there) and on all of my media storage items, I have: every single episode of every single Seth Macfarlane TV show, Dexter, The Walking Dead, tons of movies, multiple bootable operating systems (about ten different versions of Linux, Lion, windows 8 Preview, and Back Track 5) I have a few different types of SDKs and hundreds of iphone, android, and windows games! I have a backup off all of my devices (laptop, desktop, Thinkpad, Samsung galaxy 5.0 Samsung Galaxy s2, Kindle DX) and I have tons of comics, and ebooks. And as well as about 100gb of encrypted secret stuff that I know you all have as well! (and if you say that you don't, you lie) :)
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,783   +639

    @ KbloodyK
    100gb...sounds like a sizeable volume!...Encryption would make it Aes128 Secret Stuff ?
  14. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 803   +201

    128GB/256GB is small chips now for portable storage.
    Can't fit much HD content on that.
    I turned a 320GB 2.5" into a nice little external drive but its more of a temporary place for entertainment.

    32GB and 64GB flash drives can be had for $20-$30 all day but to answer the question, I have a 16GB flashdrive I carry with me all week. I work at a hospital that also supports nearby clinics. With my on-call and various tasks/workload I need my USB key just about everyday.

    From changing wall mounted PC's in operating rooms to working on thin clients, it's a crucial part of my life! Almost picked up a Patriot 64GB for $25, when I can get it for $20 I'll probably bite the bullet.
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    One for data (a 32 GB unit), and the other with Linux on it. However, if I am carrying my notebook+bag, the number can go up. :)
  16. killeriii

    killeriii TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Bought a "Tough n Tiny" 8GB a few months ago. Love it. Hardly notice it's on my keychain.
    I have some mp3's on it to play in my car on occasion. But mostly it's kept empty to transfer files when I need.
  17. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    I carry a spare 8gig flash drive in my pocket. Nothing really on it that's important. Used to care 2 on my key chain with bootable tools and OS's installers, but they get too beat up on my key chain.

    I carry this one for it I need to get files from a customers laptop and I can't find the shop's flash drive. Or if I'm I happen to be somewhere and need to take a file with me.

    It's amazing that with all computers can do for us, sending large files still seems to be a bit of a pain.
  18. I carry a 8GB usb drive
    I have my collage works and assignments. I have installed GoodSync so that when ever I plug in to my pc it syncs to dropbox. it will have assignments and note I copy from class and if I make any new files in dropbox it will be automatically copied to pen drive. Its a very handy. OH BTW I dint set up to sync whole dropbox but a specific folder which I keep college work.
    All the things are backed up in 3 places.
     
  19. These come very handy for work-related backups. Too bad my stupid employer disables my workstation's USB ports, but there's always a way to circumvent everything...
  20. JessicaDeveloper

    JessicaDeveloper TechSpot Staff Posts: 22 Staff Member

    My flash drive has heavy softwares that I don't want upload in my cloud or installers, sometimes photos or music. But no sensitive information.

    That remember me, @adonisfigueroa is specialist losing flash drivers.
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,759   +1,422

  22. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Posts: 527

    I have a multi boot usb drive (Puppy Linux, RC, Bart PE and HBCD). Plus utilities and antivirus tools I use in reparing PCs. I use PortableApps as my launcher.


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