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Unusual USB Drives

USB Flash drives come in all shapes and sizes, but there are some companies who come up with out of the box designs, like the examples above. Our favorites? Definitely the NES controller, mini DSLR camera, Jason and Steampunk drives. Unfortunately, many of these are just one-off creations, but if you search hard enough on Etsy, a few of these items may surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a steak knife weed wacker.

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SanDisk Ultra Fit

SanDisk's $6.85 (today only) Ultra Fit is no larger than a fingernail, but the ultra-low-profile, high-performance drive fits snugly into your host devices and safely stays there-nothing to stick out or break off. Leave it in place as a stays-put storage boost of up to 64GB. When it's time to move your content it happens fast, up to 10-times faster than a standard USB 2.0 drive. With SanDisk SecureAccess software, you can secure your private files in a password-protected folder while keeping other files available to share. With 128-bit encryption, the drive keeps your sensitive files private, even when you share it with friends. Product page.

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Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive

Toshiba's Encrypted USB Flash Drive doesn't just protect data with AES encryption, but rather a real passcode on the device itself as well. It utilizes a mini-keyboard to authenticate access and also incorporates a rechargeable battery allowing the user to authenticate access before plugging into a USB port. Simply enter in the secure PIN and plug the drive into any USB 2.0 port to access the data. If a brute force attack is detected - 10 or more unsuccessful attempts - all data from the drive becomes irrecoverable. Product page. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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USB Project Wall

When you see a USB drive randomly sticking out of a wall, the last thing you'd think of would probably be an anonymous file sharing network, but that's exactly what this project is all about. Started 4-years-ago by Berlin-based media artist Aram Bartholl, "Dead Drops" encompasses a wide variety of file types, including movies, games, television shows, comics, family videos, photos and even art projects. To partake in "Dead Drops", you need to first find or create a hole in a wall, crack open the USB drive, wrap it in waterproof tape and then place it in the hole, with only the port exposed. To ensure that it doesn't fall out, use fast-setting concrete to cement the stick into the crack or hole. The largest capacity drive so far was is located in Sydney - a 120GB drive installed by a Chinese exchange student. Continue reading for a video, more information and a link to the Dead Drops database page.

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Human Thumb USB

Photographer Justin Poulsen is a conceptual photographer from Toronto, Canada, who wanted his portfolio to really stick out, as he specializes in building physical props for his surreal photos. So, he created literal thumb drives that look like severed human thumbs. He says his goal was "allowing potential clients to experience both the tactile and visual quality of my craft." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Gold Bar USB Drive

Gold bars are held as gold reserves by central banks and traded among bullion dealers is the 400-troy-ounce (12.4 kg or 438.9 ounces) Good Delivery gold bar. While this version may not be used by any banks, it does allow you to store up to 64GB worth of files. On a related note, did you know that the world's largest gold bar stands at 250 kg (551 lb)? It was manufactured by the Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi. Product page. Continue reading to see more.

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Lexar JumpDrive S73

Lexar's JumpDrive S73 64GB USB Drive is currently being offered for only $21.99, today only, originally priced at $149.99. With speeds up to 3x faster than standard drives, the S73 USB 3.0 flash drive gives you the power to quickly transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than 2 minutes (compared to less than 20 minutes using a standard USB 2.0 drive). Product page. Continue reading for some hands-on images and more information.

Notable features:
  1. Store and transfer content faster with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology.

  2. Speeds up to 3 times faster (up to 45MB/s read and 20MB/s write.

  3. Colorful capacity options (8GB in blue, 16GB in purple, 32GB in orange, 64GB in green, 128GB in black and 256GB in white).

  4. Retractable connector with convenient thumb slide.


[via Amazon]

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Kingston DataTraveler 512GB

Kingston's HyperX Predator DataTraveler 512GB is currently being offered for $445 shipped, today only, originally priced at $1750. DT HyperX Predator offers superior quality in a high-end design. Its zinc alloy metal casing makes it shock-resistant; all drives must pass extensive durability and shock testing. It also features a custom Kingston key ring and HyperX Valet Keychain for added value. Product page. Continue reading for another unboxing video and more information.

Notable features:
  • Dramatic speed up to 240MB/s.

  • Highest capacities - uncompromised data storage to carry your digital world on a portable USB drive.

  • 4-Channel architecture - unsurpassed performance to play applications straight from the drive.

  • USB 3.0 - latest USB standard guarantees backwards compatibility with USB 2.0.

  • Zinc alloy metal casing - resilient protection for data in a cutting-edge design.

  • HyperX valet keychain - exclusive accessory for a stylish twist to portable storage.


[via Amazon]

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SanDisk's Cruzer Force 32GB USB Drive is currently being offered for only $13.79, today only, originally priced at $39.99. It comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software, which makes it easy to create an encrypted, password-protected folder. You'll be able to share the files you want--and keep sensitive files private. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Notable features:
  • Reliable storage for photos, videos, music and other files.

  • Password protection and file privacy with included SanDisk SecureAccess software.

  • Durable & sleek metal casing.

  • Backed by five year warranty.

  • Password protection available, 128-bit AES encryption.


[via Amazon]

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Silicon Power's 64GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Flash Drive is currently being offered for only $23.98, this week only, originally priced at $69.99. This drive incorporates the 360 degree swivel design with the stainless metal structure which allows users to operate and store with just a thumb push. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video (16GB version) and more information.

Notable features:
  • USB 3.0 Super Speed - Read/Write up to 120/50 MB/s.

  • Swivel Design - Four-Point Positioning Technology.

  • Stylish Look - Classic Diamond-cut Pattern.

  • Software - Recuva File Recovery Free Download.


[via Amazon]

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