10 great ways to hack and trick-out your USB flash drive

LifeHacker has a nice piece called LifeHacker Top 10: USB thumb drive tricks. Some of the instructions could be a little better, and they should include some more screenshots, but this is definitely worth a look.

The tricks are:

  1. Boot an operating system
  2. Encrypt your drive
  3. Make a portable MP3 player
  4. Speed up or lock down Windows Vista
  5. Run a logoff message to unplug the drive
  6. Quick launch your workspace
  7. Assemble a PC repair kit
  8. Put on the DemocraKey "computer condom"
  9. Sync your data
  10. Assign custom icons

What are some other cool tricks you can do with a USB flash drive? Join the discussion.


Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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