You Can Take It With You (Your Data, That Is)

I use a lot of different computers, and sadly most of them run Windows. However, I recently purchased a 8GB pocket-sized USB 2.0 hard drive from Memorex. I had been carrying around a 1GB flash device, and had found a few good “portable” applications (applications that will run entirely from a flash drive). But the 8GB lets you carry everything


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)
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird (reads IMAP mail from my main server)
  • Gaim
  • Open Office
  • The Gimp
  • NVU
  • Foxit PDF
  • VLC (for viewing videos)
  • An HP41C emulator
  • Cygwin
  • 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!
Special Features:

  • 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: .

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