I found a free flash drive!

by AFI
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Laying right on the ground. It's only 8GB but it fits on your keychain. Must be my lucky day!

I looked inside of it and there was a bunch of databases on it. I tried to find company info to return it but there is no info. Oh well, free flash drive. Neato!
  • Profile picture of the author TheGrooby
    Damn, I guess I do remember when storage came that small. 8MB!
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  • Profile picture of the author BudgetSEO
    I'd store 2 songs LMAO :p

    Hahah I am rich lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    Laying right on the ground. It's only 8MB but it fits on your keychain. Must be my lucky day!

    I looked inside of it and there was a bunch of databases on it. I tried to find company info to return it but there is no info. Oh well, free flash drive. Neato!
    I think she means 8gb ( which are really common), can't remember seeing a 8mb flash drive that would store a "bunch" of databases.
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  • Profile picture of the author 82ana
    That's mine!
    I lost a flash drive a year ago... only it was 32 gb and I broke it, but everything else adds up. Sort of. In short, it could be mine...
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    Oops! Yes I meant 8GB of course. I don't even think they make drives in MB anymore, do they?
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    • Profile picture of the author AlPaxum
      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      Oops! Yes I meant 8GB of course. I don't even think they make drives in MB anymore, do they?
      They haven't in many, many years. Although, I still have the hard drive from my first PC sitting in a box and it's 800MB. lol.. Not going to use it though since it would serve absolutely no purpose. I already have well over 2500GB of storage on my pc so a measly 800MB would be a joke. haha
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    8GB is a LOT of space really! I STILL remember a time around 1999 or so when I went to a computer show asking about a hard disk drive that the person LAUGHED AT! She asked how could ANYONE need SO MUCH SPACE! It was a 5.24" hard disk at a time quite a while after they standardized on 3.5"! So HOW big was that incredibly large drive? About 2.5GB! It is hard to believe I could buy about 3TB now for about the same price.

    So 8GB is a pretty good size.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      The greater value would be the databases contained in the flash drive, but that's just me.
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  • AFI,

    Same thing happened to me at the library a year ago!

    Absolutely zero contact info or anything I could determine the owner by.

    I left notice at the reference desk, and nobody claimed it!
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I have this convo with my kids all the time...

    Just because you found something sitting on your friends' nightstand unattended, does not mean that it was Free for you to take...
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    • Profile picture of the author EverNoticeThat
      I remember when i got my first computer, i think it was mid-late 90's and i paid 200 bucks extra for windows 98 special edition, 2 usb ports (nobody here had them then) and a whopping 4 gig hard drive.

      People told me "you'll never use all that space" and that i wasted my money on that useless new tech, the usb port. The next year the iMac came out and brought usb to the masses.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by EverNoticeThat View Post

        I remember when i got my first computer, i think it was mid-late 90's and i paid 200 bucks extra for windows 98 special edition, 2 usb ports (nobody here had them then) and a whopping 4 gig hard drive.

        People told me "you'll never use all that space" and that i wasted my money on that useless new tech, the usb port. The next year the iMac came out and brought usb to the masses.
        Well, you have to be careful about early adoption, etc... My third drive was an 80MB drive! It was a FULL HEIGHT 5.25" drive! Most of you guys have probably NEVER seen a FULL HEIGHT 5.25" drive. Almost every 5.25" drive made was HALF height or LESS! Anyway, soon after that they had faster, quieter, cooler, and just BETTER 80MB+ drives in HALF height. And my fourth floppy drive was one that was not to really be beat for about 6 YEARS! But they decided customers, like me, weren't important! They tooled up for a customer, IBM, and apparently IBM pulled out, and they went under. That was too bad. If they had survived, we might have had MUCH larger floppies in the mid 80s. I actually got what might have been one of the very last controllers they made! I got it from a person that worked there, to replace one I had. SHE told me the sad story about WHY they were going under.

        Drives have come a LONG way though. My first 3 drives were 5MB, 30MB, and 80MB. My last drive was 500GB, as I recall, and my next one will probably be over 2TB! The sad part is that due to bandwidth, obsolescence, lack of space in the past, etc... I probably only have about 400GB worth of stuff 8-( You have to realize my current laptop only has 160GB. 8-( Listen to me... ROTFLMBFAO! ONLY!!!!!!! I tried to take every unique occurrence of everything, and back them up to my 500GB drive.

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        • Profile picture of the author AnitaCross
          Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

          Well, you have to be careful about early adoption, etc... My third drive was an 80MB drive! It was a FULL HEIGHT 5.25" drive! Most of you guys have probably NEVER seen a FULL HEIGHT 5.25" drive. Almost every 5.25" drive made was HALF height or LESS! Anyway, soon after that they had faster, quieter, cooler, and just BETTER 80MB+ drives in HALF height. And my fourth floppy drive was one that was not to really be beat for about 6 YEARS! But they decided customers, like me, weren't important! They tooled up for a customer, IBM, and apparently IBM pulled out, and they went under. That was too bad. If they had survived, we might have had MUCH larger floppies in the mid 80s. I actually got what might have been one of the very last controllers they made! I got it from a person that worked there, to replace one I had. SHE told me the sad story about WHY they were going under.

          Drives have come a LONG way though. My first 3 drives were 5MB, 30MB, and 80MB. My last drive was 500GB, as I recall, and my next one will probably be over 2TB! The sad part is that due to bandwidth, obsolescence, lack of space in the past, etc... I probably only have about 400GB worth of stuff 8-( You have to realize my current laptop only has 160GB. 8-( Listen to me... ROTFLMBFAO! ONLY!!!!!!! I tried to take every unique occurrence of everything, and back them up to my 500GB drive.

          Steve
          My first computer was a xerox something or other... just the motherboard. A number of us where I worked got a really good deal on the boards, so we were all going to build our own. It didn't even have a hard drive, I had two 8" floppy drives instead. I bought an empty circuit board and assembled an add-on board that brought the ram all the way up to 256K... I still have the half height 19" rack-mount I bought for the floppy drives... Come to think of it the drives are still out in the garage, too. (The metal recycle guys wouldn't take it with the circuit boards attached.)

          My next computer, years later, was a 286 with a 40MB hard drive running MS-DOS. It had to be partitioned because the largest drive the computer could handle was 32MB...

          Man, what a trip down memory lane.

          lol

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          • Profile picture of the author seasoned
            Originally Posted by AnitaCross View Post

            My next computer, years later, was a 286 with a 40MB hard drive running MS-DOS. It had to be partitioned because the largest drive the computer could handle was 32MB...

            Man, what a trip down memory lane.

            lol

            -Anita
            The 32MB limit was an M/S DOS one! The clusters were a SOMEWHAT modest size. They improved space later by making the clusters bigger. That means smaller files WASTE more space. The actually didn't finally FIX the problem until NTFS which was on Windows NT and Win2000. Of course, the 286 probably doesn't run NT very well. 8-(

            Steve
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            • Profile picture of the author alg
              Well you can check data and see if u can find owner and hey nice find
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    • Profile picture of the author ConsumerBoard
      You should have left it .. the person who lost it might be searching like hell for that flash drive.
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      • Profile picture of the author pcalvert
        I would put that flash drive in a safe place and not do anything with it (for now). And then I would be on the look out for "Lost" adverts or posters. The data on that drive may be very important to someone.

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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    long time before one of my friends found a blue color 32 MB flash drive while he was walking along the streets. He still has it.
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  • Profile picture of the author just Zer0
    Just a warning to Warrior's - be careful when you buy USB Flash Drives from the internet or a marketstall.

    My friend purchased an 8GB model from eBay only to find that it was only 2GB even though it said it was 8, and anything over 2GB would get deleted from the pen.

    Only buy USB Flash Drives from reputable companies. Personally I use SanDisk and have never had an issue of any kind, they make excellent drives.

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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      And don't lose it. That might start a whole new thread.
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