This isn’t a flash drive, by the way. It is a real rotating hard disk (a tiny one though). It was the smallest one I could find. I hook it to my keychain (and yeah, its a little large compared to a regular USB drive, but not so large that you can’t do it). I was worried the “leather” case might not hold up to holding it on a carbiner, but it has done nicely for about 6 months.
Sure these are a bit more expensive than a 1GB flash drive (I paid around $150 for mine, and they are usually less now days), but keep it mind that this holds 8 times the data and does not wear out with repeated writes like a flash memory.
I currently have the following on my drive:
- A “menu” (pstart)
- Thunderbird (reads IMAP mail from my main server)
- Open Office
- The Gimp
- Foxit PDF
- VLC (for viewing videos)
- An HP41C emulator
- Cryptainer (makes encrypted drives)
- A tiddlywiki for keeping notes
- My home page
- Lots of documents, videos, mp3s, bookmark URLs, etc.
- Puppy Linux
Try getting all that on a flash drive!
- High capacity Mini HDD portable storage
- Pivoting USB Connector provides ease in connectivity to any available USB Port
- High capacity storage in a small form factor of less than 2 inches square (1.75″ x 1.96″ x 0.56″)
- USB Connection for universal compatibility
- No external power supply required
- Brushed aluminum style metallic finish
- Cross-platform compatible- works with Windows and Mac
You can find here. The best portable apps are Firefox and Thunderbird from and you can also find a large list at or others at my bookmarks: .