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Amacom USB 2.0 Flash Key 2 GB

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      21.03.2008 14:07
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      2GB portable storage device

      I have used this flash key for mainly transferring JPG photos and word documents. It has proved to be an efficient and useful device. It appears to be a pretty robust piece of technology. USB (Universal Serial Bus) is now a fairly common standard port for desk top PCs and laptops. Most computers now have these ports to enable plug-and-play capacity. Various devices such as printers, scanners and cameras can be connected to these ports to transfer data. Memory keys are useful as a means of storing lots of text files for example, digital photos or Mp3 files.

      Although the Amacom USB2 Flash Drive has a capacity of 2GB, the amount of data you will actually be able to store on it will be slightly under 1GB. This is because all flash drives use up some of their memory capacity by the software already installed on them. It is this software that allows you to actually transfer data to and from the drive. The transfer rate is stated as 5MB per second... that means it's very fast. It takes about 10 seconds to transfer about 30x4MB photos.

      There is no need to install any software on your computer when you use this flash key. The memory key is powered by the energy supplied by your computer via the USB port. All you have to do is simply insert it into the USB port (making sure that it is inserted the right way round) and your computer will automatically recognise the drive as an external device. The drive will usually appear along side your other drives inside the computer folder and is commonly identified by an icon and a letter such as E, G, or H - it all depends on depending on how many drives are available on your computer. Just click on the icon and a window will open where you will be able to see any stored data on the drive. You can then drag and drop files into it or from it as you would with any other drive. I always advise not to store masses of data in a small memory key that can so easily be misplaced and you should of course always have more than one copy of any data you store. This drive works with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP3 and Vista.

      There are handy LED indicators that let you know when the flash key is on. A constant light indicates that the flash key is connected and working whilst a flickering light indicates that data is being read and/or written. The Amacom USB2 Flash Key has one of the most stylish designs I have come across, however it also remains one of the most expensive and is now available for just under £20. I've recently seen 4GB flash drives in Aldi for £12.

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