Portability is the whole idea behind the USB flash drive. As the name suggests, the flash drive was designed for storing data on a medium that could be carried anywhere users needed to go. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology combined with the durable solid state, rewritable memory made this portable "memory stick" catch on quickly.
The first flash drives outfitted with a USB interface were introduced to the commercial market in the year 2000 from both IBM (DiskOnKey) and Trek Technology (ThumbDrive). Those drives featured a max storage capacity of a whopping 8 MB, which had 5-times the storage capacity of floppy disks at that time.
As the years past, the amount of data they could store increased dramatically, so much that we can now store HD movies, thousands of songs, and millions of pictures on a drive smaller than a Bic lighter. While storing data is their primary function, flash drives have been adapted for use in a host of other roles beyond their intended function.
Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual roles for which USB flash drives have been used.
Note: we don't endorse any of the uses here as we have not tried most of them. You should read the comments on the hacker sites to find out the issues with the methods.
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