Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru
Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru

I'm sure I'm not alone in having this problem: the USB that you've been carrying around for the past eight years, which has all your files (even the ones you've forgotten about), is now in pieces. Well, two pieces to be exact. The actual SD card has slipped out of the metal casing that allows it to be plugged into the USB drive. To other people, it might just be pieces of plastic and metal to be callously tossed away, but to you it's a functional USB that just needs a bit of Sugru magic. Not to mention, you and the USB go way back. There are memories.

Step 1: Isolate the Problem(s)

Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru
Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru

The problem here was that the USB was too short, making it difficult to plug and unplug into the computer. The second problem was that it came apart in 2 pieces (exhibit A: SD card, exhibit B: metal casing). The third problem was that it didn't match this awesome Bruce Lee Mimobot USB drive that I got for my birthday.

Step 2: Get Your Sugru!

Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru
Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru

Get a pack of Sugru in the color of your choice. Although the multi-pack only contains red, yellow, blue, black, and white, you can create the full spectrum of colors from mixing and matching. Please refer to the attached color spectrum chart to create the perfect hue for your USB. I wanted mine to be yellow to match my Bruce Lee Mimobot USB (yes, I'm that "matchy match" type.)

Step 3: Mold Sugru Around USB and Let It Set Overnight

Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru
Fix Your Broken USB with Sugru

I didn't feel like doing anything that fancy so I just molded it into a simple rectangular shape. (Timeless and classic, you know?) Let the Sugru set overnight and now, I have a beautiful, function, and loyal USB who will serve me for many more years.

 
 

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