Weird Flash Drives. 
Why USB Flash Drives Are So Popular.


UPDATED: June 29, 2024

Shopping for USB flash drives is like searching for a snowflake during a snowstorm. There are millions of different ones and it's hard to pick just one favorite over another. Why are USB flash drives so popular and are they worth it.

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USB flash drives are a worthwhile accessory to have. They are compatible with a larger number of different technology devices. Flash drives can store a very large number of documents, photos, and videos, are very affordable, and very easy to transport.

Whether you buy them 10 at a time or individually, using a flash drive is a stable way to store important media.

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Elvis USB flash driveElvis

Darth Vadar Flash DriveDarth Vadar

Einstein Flash DriveAlbert Einstein

star wars usb flash driveStormtrooper

C-3PO  Star Wars Flash DriveC-3PO

You're probably wondering where the best place is to get custom, unique, and cool USB flash drives. We'll get to that in a moment. They certainly make great gifts for your friends or family, but while you're at it, why not give yourself a little flash drive fun too?

These accessories are a hit with digital photographers because they're useful, reliable, and affordable. You can store and transfer your favorite photos effortlessly. News Flash: Flash drive capacities are getting higher and prices are getting lower. 

Darth Maul Star Wars Flash Drive
Cork and Bottle USB Flash Drive
Pencil USB Flash Drive
Surfboard Flash Drive
DSLR Camera USB Flash Drive
Chinese Good Luck Fortune Flash Drive
Soccer Ball USB Flash Drive
My Little Pony-USB Flash Drive

If you're a fan of a certain sport, hobby, movie, or cartoon character you've got a great chance of finding a USB flash drive that's just right. You can use these handy storage devices to back-up your photos, store your school homework, or share secret files with James Bond.

They're cheap and you can take them on vacation, tote them along in your purse, or carry a couple of them in your camera bag.

If you're looking to save money, you can get highly rated flash drives from companies like Sandisk at bargain prices when you buy in bulk.

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Star wars has been popular for a long time, so a Star Wars flash drive appeals to the young and old crowds. Darth Vadar, Stormtroopers, C-3PO, R-2 D-2, Yoda, and Luke Skywalker all have USB flash memory drives fashioned in theri honor.

Star Wars USB Flash Drives

Are you interested in guns or other weapons to store and transfer your photos and files? There are plenty of weird flash drives that are shaped like weapons. 

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Gun Flash DriveUnique Gun Flash Drive

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Do you like a certain vegetable or fruit?  Have no fear! Watermelon USB flash drives are here.

How do these weird flash drives perform? That's the million dollar question. I have to confess that I am not a professional USB flash drive tester.

The most well known manufacturers are Lexar, Sandisk, Transend, and Kingston. I've used Sandisk mostly, but have also used cards from the other 3 mentioned and have NEVER had any issue with flash memory.

There are simply too many to review. Flash memory has gotten extremely affordable recently and making them has become a widespread process that many companies can participate in.

pERSONALIZED Flash Drives 

One creative option you can choose to take is to get personalized flash drive. They could be customized with your own family name, a special event of could be used to promote your business. The possibilities are endless.

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You can order custom USB flash drives from an individual company like Flashbay or Logotech, or a major online retailer like Amazon. Pro photographers like me can use USB drives to share photos, promote their brand,  or deliver image files to clients. 

Customized USB flash drives are small, but they can have a big impact. They are fully functional and have real value for your clients to re-use frequently and see your brand or your message repeatedly, each and every time they're picked up.

where to buy unique, cool, strange, and weird flash drives

You can either look at a major retailer for a good variety of drives, or visit an online retailer that has a large selection.

Most of the photos of the flash drives in this post came from Amazon. That's likely the best source for the biggest variety of flash drives, particularly if you want unique or weird ones.

Just do a search for USB drives on Amazon using the words USB drives and whatever theme interests you. One of the best features of searching on Amazon is that you can filter the results to include only 4-star USB drives and up.

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Large Variety of USB Flash Drives on Amazon

You can also look for retailers that specialize in a certain theme of products like sports teams or music.

If you don't like on-line retailers, you can see a much smaller selection of cool USB drives at big box stores like OfficeMax, Office Depot, BestBuy, Kmart, Walmart and Staples. Selection is definitely quite a bit more limited, but if you;re not looking for something specific you'll still be able to find a few interesting USB drives.

definition of flash drive

If you're wondering what a flash drive's a small electronic device containing flash memory that is used for storing data or transferring it to or from a computer, digital camera, etc.

According to Also called flash memory drive, thumb drive, USB drive. It's a very small. portable, solid-state hard drive that can be inserted into a USB port for storage and retrieval of data.

Think about his for a moment, up until around 2005 computers had floppy disk drives.

USB flash drives are often used for the same purposes for which floppy disks or CDs were once used. For storage, data back-up and transfer of computer files.

They are smaller, faster, have thousands of times more capacity, and are more durable and reliable because they have no moving parts. Additionally, they are immune to electromagnetic interference (unlike floppy disks), and are unharmed by surface scratches (unlike CDs). 

5 Creative Ways to use your unique usb flash drive

Here's the kicker. Unique flash drives don't have to be used strictly for photos and documents. Yes, you're right, this is a site about digital photography and these drives are perfectly suited for sliding photos onto and off of them. But beyond that, there are some impressive USB flash drive hacks worth mentioning.

These are some that you will find interesting, but there's a lot more. Those can be explored in depth by searching good for "creative hacks for USB flash drives." Here are the top 5 creative ways to use your cool USB flash drives.

1. Work Faster.

If your computer is a little short on RAM memory, you can use a USB drive temporarily to boost your speed. Here's the 5-step method:

  1. Delete all the stuff on your USB drive.
  2. Right click on My Computer.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Click on Settings under Performance.
  5. Click on the Advanced tab.
  6. Click on the Change button under Virtual memory. Select your USB drive.

2. Protect you computer from being destroyed by a virus.

You can install rescue software to scan your computer for viruses and recover lost files from your flash drive. You can use the flash drive to boot up your computer in an emergency if your computer has been infected to the point when it won't boot on its own.

3. Protect your sensitive information.

You can install a free app like TrueCrypt or by using onboard tools included with Windows to encrypt your secret documents. Your passports, confidential documents, your "private photos," even encrypted password saver link KeyPass can be safely stored on your flash memory drive.

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4. Put a little light on the subject. The photo on the right is a USB powered flashlight without memory, but you can do one of the oldest USB hacks known. Create a USB reading light using your USB drive, some wire, and an LED.

5. Limit access to your computer. You can "lock" bad guys out from using your computer. Install one of many free programs like Predator or Rohos Logon Key on your flash drive. That literally makes your USB drive into a key that must be used for anyone to access your computer. Beware: Don't lose it or at least make a duplicate key.

How to connect a weird usb flash drive

  1. Insert the flash drive into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Depending on how your computer is set up, a dialog box may appear.
  3. If a dialog box does not appear, open Windows Explorer and locate and select the flash drive on the left side of the window.

Now it's your turn to take the next step. Pick a vendor to search and find the unique, cool, weird flash drive that fits your personality

I hope this guide on flash drives was helpful. They're easy to use and have come way down in price.  Have fun by going unique, creative, or weird.

Digital photography has advanced so much. Have a blast!

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