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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2005 16:03            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm finally joining the 21st century, and ditching my unreliable floppy disks for a memory stick. Can anyone recommend a specific kind? I'm looking for something that's not too fancy or expensive. Just something reliable that gets the job done.

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2005 17:29      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I don't have a particular brand to recommend, but I can offer one bit of advice.

The physical shape of the thumb drive is important. Some are quite wide, and you can either have trouble fitting them into deeply recessed USB ports, or they'll block access to the adjacent USB port. We have a couple of drives at work that are basically unusable in some PCs because of those problems.

Oh, and for a few $ more, you can get one that plays MP3s.

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2005 17:35      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sandisk Cruzer mini.

They're great, reliable, nice size profile, and often quite affordable with rebates (see OfficeMax, Staples, Circuit City, et. al circulars in the weekend paper). I have one, and got one for a friend as a present.

I used to recommend Lexar Jumpdrives until they added the ultra-crummy 'encryption/protection' software. They are NOT secure, and just make it harder to use them universally, as you must load a driver on the computer you plug into (which can't be done without admin/root rights).

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2005 19:19      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just got a lexar, and Id recommend it. but then again, like said, you have to load the security stuff on each computer to access it. But the good thing with it, is all you need is the thumbstick to load it. Not a cd or anything. And you can always still just basiclly use it with out the software and no encryption. regardless of computer type or account status (eg. admin rights)

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2005 22:08      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by Luke Skywalker:
I just got a lexar, and Id recommend it. but then again, like said, you have to load the security stuff on each computer to access it.

No, you don't *have* to load it. The first thing anyone should do when they get one of these keys is to reformat it. That solves *all* your problems. [Smile] Then it behaves like a regular USB key, except that you might have wasted money on the so-called 'Secure' feature. :-/
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ArsTechnica did an in-depth review of various flash drives back in April:
Flash drive reviews

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Honestly IMO there isn't a lot of things to look for in the case of USB drives.

Definitely think about the shape. I have seen quite a few that are shaped very badly and do not fit next to other devices.

Size and price are the others. And I would not buy any of those with the security stuff. Most of it is too much of a pain to even mess with.

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Icon 1 posted June 12, 2005 03:08      Profile for GameMaster   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Tips:

1. Making sure it doesn't block a USB port (if it does there are cheap USB extention cords).

2. Sometime extra features are sometimes extra hassles. I have a memory stick that is basically unusable to me on my home computer because I run Linux (but certain Windows OSes it doesn't work on either).

3. If your looking for large storage, you may as well go with an MP3 player -- but if you dabble in the world of linux then make sure it works with usb-scsi drivers (or if other *nix approprate kernel module).

4. It's often a good idea to get a good off brand. Off brand, because Sony/Kodac and others are really expensive and cheaper products work just as well. A good off brand, becase you want hardward that works.

My solotion is a seven in one USB (external) flash card reader, a off brand Sony flash card that fits in my Clie (and Sony digital cammeras (and there's one I've been eyeing)). The only problem I have is that Sony devices use a non-standard file format. The windows drivers support the OS, and I could mount the stick in Linux (but I'd have to reformat it and then the Clie can't read it).

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I just bought this puppy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820233008

Extremely satisfied with it. Even comes with a USB extension cable [Smile] It's rubber so it can be bounced around, the only complaint I have is the cap, wish it were attached.

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I got this one just for the size. Yep it really is that small.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/6ec2/

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Icon 1 posted June 12, 2005 08:56      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I agree with most of the comments above and I have one of these Disgo Lite

It is driverless and works with my Macs, an oldish Win2k install I have kicking around and the Xandros install I punted on an old Celeron box the other day...

It is the size of my thumb and smaller than a disposable lighter, is available in 128Mb, 256Mb and 512Mb sizes... I have a 256Mb one and it cost me 30UKP (say 48USD)

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Icon 1 posted June 12, 2005 10:43      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
BTW, I highly recommend the SanDisk Cruzer Mini because of its size profile - it's large enough not to lose, but it's only a few mm wider than the USB port, and very friendly with other devices. The Lexar Jumpdrive that I also have is quite the opposite, and has less storage space (but 'twas paid for by work). Driverless should be the case for nearly all USB keys, as they will be treated like a USB Mass Storage device - the catch is that the 'Secure' feature usually puts a non-standard partition on the key -- as I said before, a quick reformat will take care of this. [Smile]

The other reason I recommend going with a brand name like SanDisk is that you can easily find them, and there is a company behind it that you can call if the thing dies prematurely. Also, don't expect these things to last forever - like any other flash memory, they're rarely good beyond ~1000 writes for any given sector...so don't do heavy duty rewriting on them. I had a Lexar Jumpdrive 2.0 die on me a few years ago, and that saddened me a good deal (especially because I was stupid enough to have a file or two on there that wasn't anywhere else). Always be sure to have your files in more than one place, particularly lest you lose the thing -- that's also why I don't recommend the Cruzer Micro (which is nearly the same in price as the older Mini) - it's too damn small.

Also, on the note of size:

PUT YOUR NAME ON IT!!! (with a Sharpie (TM), a knife, or something that can't be easily removed.)

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I bought a Sony 128 MB MicroVault drive, and I love it.

I wear it around my neck as a pendant, you know, geek status and all [Wink]

I just have to remember to take it off before a shower lol

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I went with the Sandisk Cruzer Titanium myself. I wanted something I could put on my keychain and not worry about breaking. It's worked out pretty well for me. All things considered, I found it pretty reasonably priced, too.

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Of course if practicality isn't your thing, the iDuck is a nice alternative. Unfortunately it will run a-fowl of your other USB devices. [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted June 13, 2005 20:13      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just received my SanDisk Cruzer Micro - smaller than the mini I believe.

Only problem I might have is loosing it!

I can't relate to it's effectiveness as I really haven't had more than a day with it.

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