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A while back, I did a post regarding how we'd save the wealth of information that's on these forums. (Besides printing out every single page of the thousands of ebooks :p)

I talked about getting a decent USB stick and putting all the info that's available on the site into the usb stick. (Yes, I know you'll need a computer to get the information out, with a computer comes the need of electricity etc.)

I found this page today, which talks about how you can armor your own USB stick. Great for those who are 'do it yourselfers' on here. :D

http://www.tcnj.edu/~jones37/usb_armor.html

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If you have internet explorer you can go to FILE then SAVE AS on a website and save the page as a big file. But still electronic. Guess you could just PRINT every page. LOL. I personally try to copy/paste any relevent info/paragraphs into a large word document that I saved as "survivalist boards stuff". Just a hodge-podge of good info...
 

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Corsair makes an armored model. It's called the Survivor:
http://www.corsair.com/products/survivor.aspx

The problem with many "armored" models like the Cruzer Titanium and Ironkey is that the internals are usually plastic and the manufacturer adds a small coating of some metal so that it looks like solid metal. It resists impact dents and scratches but not crush damage.

The Survivor (I have all 3 of the above) can lose its endcap if run over by a vehicle but the main body has a very high crushpoint, and the o-rings installed in the tube make it waterproof (not resistant, proof).

Use Truecrypt to encrypt the contents and you should be good to go.

If you're willing to drop a little money on it the largest capacity they offer is 32GB. That's giga-byte. More than enough to store text-files, images, audio or video on pretty much everything.
 

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Good post Yerba, hence the reason of my original post, adding a cast metal casing to the entire USB pendrive.
 

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Well if I had a machine shop I'd just make the case out of Tungsten Carbide and fill the inside with non-conductive shock-absorbing bonding agent. Now you're talkin'!
 

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Corsair makes an armored model. It's called the Survivor:
http://www.corsair.com/products/survivor.aspx

The problem with many "armored" models like the Cruzer Titanium and Ironkey is that the internals are usually plastic and the manufacturer adds a small coating of some metal so that it looks like solid metal. It resists impact dents and scratches but not crush damage.

The Survivor (I have all 3 of the above) can lose its endcap if run over by a vehicle but the main body has a very high crushpoint, and the o-rings installed in the tube make it waterproof (not resistant, proof).

Use Truecrypt to encrypt the contents and you should be good to go.

If you're willing to drop a little money on it the largest capacity they offer is 32GB. That's giga-byte. More than enough to store text-files, images, audio or video on pretty much everything.
The Ironkey is an awesome device. I have washed it and dropped it numerous times and it never gets damaged. The fact that it self destructs internally after 10 failed log in attempts is really cool. I absolutely would recommend it.

I agree with the Truecrypt suggestion. Every PC in my house has it.
 

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I would put a bootable partition on it too... a linux distro like DamnSmallLinux (only 50 mb) would allow you to access your data with minimal hardware.
 

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I have an IronKey basic and love it. I didn't realize you only had 10 tries and played with it 3 times before checking, so I only have 7 tries left :(
 

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I have a corsair 4gb survivor which is basically a 200m water resistant aluminum tube with a screw-on o-ring sealed alum cap. I removed the rubber finger grips as they & the aluminum do not bond. The ironkey is ok but I'd use something like diskcryptor
http://diskcryptor.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=452.0;attach=251
which encrypts whole partitions only, it does not create partitions/volumes like trucrypt. Or simply add a portable version of freearc to the stick. I need to upgrade to a 16gb at the minimum.
 

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hey guys I've read some negative stuff on anything over 4GB when it comes to USB flash drives... apparently the failure rates just zoom as you increase capacity... I almost bought the 32GB unit until I read about the failure rate... the recommendation was to just use multiple 4GB units... if I can find it I'll post it..
 

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Neat!

Also consider sheet lead. Find a (free) discarded car battery, 'harvest' the lead.

Wrap whatever in the lead and maybe ground it.
 

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What's wrong with a Pelican case? You can throw a half dozen sticks in there and wrap them in lead or whatever makes you happy. Waterproof, virtually indestructable...
 
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