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Old 16th Aug 2010, 19:20   #21
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I'm using this Flash Drive

I'm thinking I'll have to attach a normail USB end on this drive and then maybe I can use a small button battery to power the leds when I slide it out. Then it could light up without even being in a computer when I slide out the drive. Or maybe just pull power from the USB when its plugged in some how. Any suggestions??


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Old 19th Aug 2010, 00:25   #22
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Nice Mrdude42!

Okay the internal dimensions are 21 mm by 24 mm

I'm going to try to find a drive that has LEDs on it so I can simply rewire that power.
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Old 25th Aug 2010, 23:35   #23
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Good idea

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Nice Mrdude42!

I'm going to try to find a drive that has LEDs on it so I can simply rewire that power.
Yea. That'd probably be a better/way easier idea to find a drive with existing LEDs...Hmm...

Perhaps this USB Drive would work?

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Old 4th Oct 2010, 15:49   #24
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I also would like to mod my USB key for SC2

The heavy metal USB case is Cool...

If you get it working please tell us.
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Old 10th Oct 2010, 14:49   #26
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I did this today. I took an 8 GB imation drive and put it in the Starcraft 2 case. I had to do some major redecorating and i can only get the orange lights to light up. The blue one won't work (The SC 2 one supplies more power for the LED's).

I had to change the shape of the plastic slider (I had to melt some of it off to make it th correct shape)

I had to use part of my debit card to hold it down (Yes it was already broken and the SC2 drive is square so my rectangle one didn't reach the clips)

I had to file down part of the metal casing (interior) so it would slide without catching (which would have eventually torn off the memory chip)

I had to solder wires where the SC 2 drive previously had tabs that slid onto contacts for the lights meaning there is alot of drag over the card holding the drive in because the drive lifts the card so it's a really tight fit.

Some big cons are:

- Part of the orange tag are melted slightly form the soldering (If you solder do it as fast as possible to reduce damage)

- I can't go back if i want. I have changed too much (ok i could go back but it will never be the same)

- Lose the blue LED

- The USB plug is slightly off (on an angle to the left)

- If you do it wrong. Game over

Some suggestions from me would be to use a really thin and small drive (Like the sandisk one mrdude42 is using)

Make sure it all fits. Mine has alot of drag when sliding.

CHECK THE POLARITY WHEN JOINING FOR THE LED's! THEY ARE POLAR AND WONT WORK IF YOU GET IT WRONG! (Con4 is - Con5 is +)

And my final suggestion is if you find a square flash drive that is over 2GB USE IT FOR THIS it will be better!
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Old 2nd Aug 2012, 02:28   #27
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Wondering if there has been any progress on this. I actually purchased a 2nd drive so I could attempt this on one of them.
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Old 14th Nov 2016, 04:20   #28
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Hey all. I'm thinking of updating mine to an even bigger drive soon. I'll post some updated pics when I get it done.

In the meantime, I found this video helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQRNBJvWtqE

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Old 18th Nov 2016, 18:25   #29
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Ok I updated my Starcraft 2 USB Thumb Drive to have 128GB and USB 3.0 finally!

My main goal was to find a USB drive that would fit but also was fast.



My first drive was the Lexar JumpDrive P20 128GB but that proved to be too long to fit inside the enclosure...

Disassembling the Luxor Jumpdrive P20 drive wasn't too hard:



The Luxor didn't fit :/



So my next attempt was with a Corsair Flash Voyager Slider X2 128GB.

It was a real pain to disassemble...



But I got it out and it just barely fit in the Starcraft USB Drive's case!



I had to file down a section on the plastic that holds the usb drive so it could lie flush.



You also need to make sure you leave this gap here for when the whole thing is slid back into the closed position.



In the end I just used a hot glue gun to keep the board in place. I'm not sure if this will last or break down after repeated use but I'll update if it becomes a problem. It seems sturdy enough.



I'm not sure how to figure out where to hook up the power for the LEDs so I left that along. I marked where the LED is on the board above. It's a blue LED that lights up and even though it's not hooked up to anything it does shine bright enough to illuminate the blue part of the Starcraft USB's case. So you just lose the orange part lighting up. I may fix this at a later time but I need something to measure where I can pull power from first.

Here's the final. It works!



Also, here's a speed test of the Corsair Drive I put inside:
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