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Anyone still EDC flash drives?

ca Offline Grant Lamontagne

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Anyone still EDC flash drives?
on: March 14, 2024, 11:56:17 AM
I still carry a few flash drives even though most of my needed info is in Dropbox or similar cloud based services.  In my line of work there are always places I find myself with limited connectivity, so a flash drive of some type is much more useful than cloud based offerings.

And, if you have to EDC a flash drive, why not make it a cool one?   :D

Let's see your flash drives!   :pok:

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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #1 on: March 14, 2024, 12:03:00 PM
Yep, on my work keys. It has come in handy when I've accidently deleted something I need. I try to back it up every couple of days :tu:

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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #2 on: March 14, 2024, 12:33:49 PM
I have 3 flashdrives with me. 1 contain Linux distros ( openSUSE, Fedora, Linux Mint) and space for videos and pics, 2nd contains Windows and 3rd is secure locked flashdrive for secure pics, documents (work related stuff). I carry these on my EDC bag.



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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #3 on: March 14, 2024, 12:42:36 PM
    I still carry one, but don't use it so much now.  Not cool looking at all.  Best wishes.  G
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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #4 on: March 14, 2024, 08:14:09 PM
I use USB drives on my work keys too!


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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #5 on: March 14, 2024, 10:35:31 PM
2 actually,  don't have pics currently
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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #6 on: March 14, 2024, 10:52:20 PM
I haven't carried one in several years now. Probably go back to keeping one on hand when I eventually upgrade my mobile phone.  Í hate that the phone manufacturers have dropped MSD cards from their newer lineups.
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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #7 on: March 15, 2024, 01:35:19 AM
I used to carry one of these, it kept all my medical info ready just in case, yet when I had my accident and was in the hospital I kept waving it and the one nurse came to me and said I don’t know why you even carry it, the hospital doesn’t even have a computer that has a usb port to plug it into to read it,, so I just stopped carrying it, I suppose if I found it (I know it’s around here somewhere, I swear I just saw it the other day but where  :think: ) that I could wipe it clean and use it as an edc memory stick, I know I have a hidden file on it, only thing we have that will even read it is our comp that hasn’t even been started in over a year and it’s a freaking antique, I suppose I could ask the kid, but what to put on it?
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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #8 on: March 15, 2024, 10:44:59 PM
My initial comment in this thread was more just to show off the cool drive, but the reality is it was dead when I got it and has only managed to stick around for a few years because of the novelty transforming!

These are the actual, functional drives I carry. 

The red one is just a MicroSD reader, the Gorilla Mini I think is 16gb and the OTG drive is 1tb.

These are the regular drives I carry and use, mostly for reference materials that I use at work and other places.

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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #9 on: April 06, 2024, 07:47:24 PM
I've had this WalletSafe 50 from PacSafe for yonks and they certainly don't make them any more, but this one just refuses to die. It's about the size of a Chums Surfshorts wallet. Holds cash, cards, coins and a plethora of random EDC crap, all in a very small footprint.

One of my own innovations was this credit card fitted with elastic loops. Here you see (L to R) a MiniChamp, 64Gb Corsair Voyager OTG, 256GB USB/C double-ended SanDisk, and a Ugreen USB Micro to C adapter for charging and data.

 
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I use them mainly for Windows installs, file sharing with friends, and because 256GB isn't very much for a modern cameraphone when you have photogenic kids, dogs or SAKs!


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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #10 on: April 20, 2024, 10:21:30 AM
I have a data traveller like Antti posted, but with Ventoy installed so I just dump the iso files of things I want to boot and select from a menu on boot.

https://www.ventoy.net/

Currently have win7, win10, Win11, some recovery utilities disks, Ubuntu all on the same stick.

In a pinch if I need to move files I use cloud or plug my phone in as storage.
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Re: Anyone still EDC flash drives?
Reply #11 on: April 25, 2024, 02:17:38 PM
I have a data traveller like Antti posted, but with Ventoy installed so I just dump the iso files of things I want to boot and select from a menu on boot.

https://www.ventoy.net/

Currently have win7, win10, Win11, some recovery utilities disks, Ubuntu all on the same stick.

In a pinch if I need to move files I use cloud or plug my phone in as storage.
I also have Ventoy installed. I have multiple distros and win 10 and win 11 on USB just if i need to install diffrent distro on my laptops.

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