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I bought this Bytestor flash drive around 7 months ago to replace an 8GB memory stick which had become rather worn and unreliable. I chose Bytestor due to good reviews and opted for the pink colour as I thought it would be easier to notice in my bag. A USB flash drive is a handy and efficient little device for storing and transporting all manner of files. I often need to transfer documents and images from one computer to another and find this the quickest and easiest way of doing so.
Measuring approximately 7 cm long and 2.5 cm wide this memory stick is made of tough transparent plastic in a vivid pink colour. It feels sturdy and in my view is nicely designed with curved edges and matt silver strips which run along either side and are formed into a handy loop at each end. As it is so small a flat and slightly concave surface both top and bottom makes it easy to hold onto and grasp when pulling off the cap.
After inserting the flash drive into a USB port I can access files instantly and move by the drag and drop method. It is very straightforward, even for me. I store a large amount of back-up files, photos, videos and music on the flash drive and then regularly create folders for transporting data to different computers. Deleting and adding take very little time. With a 16 GB storage capacity, I doubt I will ever use absolutely all the space but it's good to know it is there. You can see how much space has been used and is still available in properties and from there you can also run defragmentation and error checking programmes.
The cap fits very securely and snaps shut with a satisfying sound, I really couldn't imagine the cap becoming loose. The memory stick is often in my handbag jumbling around with everything else in there and yet there are no scratches or dents on it, it really is quite tough. The bright pink colour makes spotting the flash drive in my bag easier and I've attached a soft beaded keyring to one of the loops so I can also feel my way to identifying it quickly.
A very handy, well designed flash drive which works efficiently and I feel confident using. The Bytestor comes in other colours; dark blue, light blue and red. This one is currently available from Amazon for £9.99 which I think is good value for money.
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For me, this USB Flash drive does exactly what I want it to - stores lots of backed up documents, photos and other data onto a compact little stick that I can access swiftly and easily when needed.
When I started looking for a High Speed USB drive I was astonished by the prices in various stores that I visited and was certain I would only want to pay a reasonable amount and so would have to suffer on the amount of storage space I would get. However, after a quick visit to Amazon I was amazed when I saw this little device that was a massive 16GB for only about a tenner! So with this amazement I decided to go ahead and purchase it.
When I first received the USB stick I directly converted a whole load of files onto it which surprisingly only took around 25 minutes for all the data to be transferred to the drive, and that must have been hundreds of photos and documents, and probably over a hundred different folders! Over time when I have added new folders to store to the drive these are usually converted within seconds or at most a minute or two if it may be a folder of pictures. Another important point is how quickly the USB responds once inserted into my laptop - for me it reacts very quickly from the initial step of plugging it into my USB port, to then opening up the drive and quickly gaining access to all my folders and files with just a few clicks. It's also helpful that when the stick is in use this can be identified by the flashing light that occurs from the inside of the stick.
I've also found in the past that some USB drives are flimsy or feel like they could break rather easily. This Bytestor feels very solid and rigid to me and I expect it to last a long time. The piece that clips on and off at the end which you remove to use it is also solid and clicks on tightly in place when not in use making it feel secure and safe to store away. Not only that but it can be tied or attached to something due to the 'loop' on the opposite end. I'm sure some people would find this useful to have it on something round there neck if they were using it often in one day. The last point I will make is that this product also comes in various colours to choose from which is another added bonus! I have the lovely red one.
Overall I find this High Speed USB Flash Drive does the job perfectly and is also very good value for money, which is what I find most important!
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I have quite a few USB drives and I've had the Bytestor Dataferry 16GB for about 18 months now. It is currently available for around £20 - £25, a good price for a 16GB stick. I went for the pink one, being a girl, a bit of a mistake as my husband refuses to use it!
Use wise the USB drive is very easy, drag and drop, works well with PC or Mac with decent transfer speeds and loads of uses.
I have to say though that in contrast to other USB sticks I own there are some marked downsides to this particular model which mean I wouldn't recommend it or buy another if I needed one. Firstly it is very bulky and there have been occasions where it does not fit into certain older USB slots, in particular one photo printing booth which was pretty annoying - I had to transfer the photos to CD which sort of negates the point of having the USB drive! Secondly the cap is a bit loose on mine - I haven't lost it yet but I know it's only a matter of time...I prefer the 'foldable' type with no cap. Thirdly and lastly it is quite hard to get on and off your keyring meaning if your USB stick is something you share with friends and family then this is probably not for you.
So for me I can accept it looks nice, does what it says on the tin and is an OK price, I wouldn't recommend it as there are too many niggles for me.
After my last flash memory drive bit the dust, I was on the lookout for a physically smaller and more attractive solution. The memory stick industry seemed to take a few massive leaps during this time, and whilst memory sticks of 512MB and 2GB had been the expensive norm when buying my first one, by the time I wanted a second, 16GB+ and cheap prices were the standard.
This 16GB Dataferry model offers a hi-speed USB connection - though to be honest I don't really notice the difference - and simply slots into a USB port on your laptop or PC to transfer data across. You can transfer lots of different types of data - music, spreadsheets, Word documents, (small) games and so on, to carry around easily or transfer to a different computer. With so much in the 'cloud' these days due to Google's involvement, data sticks aren't as useful as they once were, but I still carry one round just in case. They do come in handy when there's no internet connection available or I want to transfer large files relatively quickly.
This Dataferry stick does feel a little cheap due to the plastic used, but it looks good and it's well-priced at around £18 from Amazon. Always buy memory cards, sticks etc online as they are extremely cheap compared to the high street shops and supermarkets - I've found that they are generally a quarter of the price.
There's a little loop at the end which hints at some kind of practical travel use (putting it round your neck or with your keys maybe) but to be honest I think it's more of an aesthetic thing and haven't used it for that purpose. The memory stick also has a well-designed lid, which is easy to remove but stays secure when travelling. You just pull it off to reveal the USB connection.
I've had this memory stick for a good few years and never encountered a problem with it. It's easy to travel with, it doesn't have any wear and tear, and unlike my old bulky stick, you can plug things in USB slots next to it. Although it's advertised as 16GB, with formatting and so on there's a good chunk of space knocked off it, but this is true for all memory sticks and isn't a problem. If you think you will push 14GB though, you might be better off looking at memory sticks with a larger capacity.
This 16GB Bytestor Dataferry is available in a few different colours, including black, pink, and a bluey/purple colour. This is a good memory stick that ticks all the boxes and it would definitely be a memory stick I'd consider in the future should I buy another.
ByteStor 8GB USB High Speed "Dataferry" Flash Drive
I have owned this ByteStor memory stick in an 8GB in the blue colour for well over a year now and up until lately when I got a new memory stick this was my primary one.
Something that I don't recommend trying, but that demonstrates how indestructible this memory stick is, is that it has been put through a cycle of the washing machine and it has lived to tell the tale. After it had the chance to dry out it still continued to work just fine. However, I was less able to rely on it without worrying and trying to make sure everything was backed up.
My one complaint about this memory stick is that it has a detachable lid. The lid to protect the USB port is easily losable. I have had this memory stick for a while now but I have mostly been using it without the lid, as that fell off sometime in a bag or out and about and I never recovered it. The lid does attach to the bottom of the stick when you aren't using it, but it is still easily knocked off. I found that the lid on my one became slack with use.
This ByteStor memory sticks works really well and like most of all of these USB flash drives you don't need any expert IT knowledge to use it, just plug it in, then transfer the files that you want, then finally remove and off you go with your data in hand. Personally, in all the time that I have owned this one I have never had any problems with these memory sticks failing to work or corrupting any data. They have proved to be a reliable method of moving and / or storing data.
I think I paid around £20 for this but it is now available to buy from Amazon for a reasonable £12.
I really liked this memory stick and I like that it is available in a range of colours for you to choose from (including blue, burgundy and pink), which makes it feel a bit more tailored to preferences, rather than being in the very generic black or silver casings that these more often than not come in. It is also handy for coordinating what you use each one for, or what memory stick belongs to whom. In the past we have often had to plug a memory stick into a computer to identify who it belongs to.
This deserves a well earned four out of five stars. I was very happy with mine until I upgraded it.
Having recently started back at university part time in September, I was pretty impressed to find that some photocopiers come equipped with a USB port, so you can download your scans onto a USB key instead of printing hard copies.
I started researching USB keys online, which quickly gave me a headache as there is such a multitude of types, styles and designs available. I wanted a fast and durable product for a reasonable price, so I ended up with the Bytestor Dataferry 16GB USB key, which is currently available on Amazon at £25.45 with free super saver delivery.
Plug and Play
This USB device is extremely easy to use for those using reasonably new operating systems on either PC and Mac. I simply plugged in the device into my laptop's USB port and it was recognised by my computer, and pre-formatted to receive data straight away without the need for additional tinkering.
The exception to this rule is if you use an operating system that pre-dates Windows XP (such as Windows 98 SE), in which the drive will not be supported.
Although the device is 16MB, when formatted it accepts around 15GB of data, which is great for transferring media files, such as films or TV downloads. It's great for backing up data or for sharing data between multiple machines.
High Speed Transfer
When copying files across to the USB key, I found the transfer rates very fast. One Amazon reviewer has estimated transfer speeds of 30MB per second reading and 15MB per second writing. A small red LED inside the plastic casing indicates if the data is being transferred to or from the device.
On occasion I have accidentally played back video direct from the device (rather than copying it onto my computer hard drive) and it handled the playback extremely well.
Although I am not very keen on the styling of the device, the build quality is good, especially compared to other USB keys I have used. The plastic housing is sturdy, and the connections between the lid and body reassuringly strong. The lid 'clicks' and 'un-clicks' solidly. I like having a close-fitting lid rather than a sliding mechanism as it keeps the device clear of pocket-fluff and other debris. When in use the lid clicks onto the plastic loop on the back of the key, so it's easy to keep track of. The USB key is slim - around 2cm in width on average, which makes it easy to plug in even if all the other USB ports are occupied. It's pocket-sized at around 7cm long, and the loop on the back of the key can be used to attach it to a key ring.
A sturdy and reliable product at a reasonable price. Shame there aren't a wider range of nicer colours!
Big Bytes Stored in Small pen
- Information at a glance
Capacity - 16 GB
Colours available: Blue - Pink (Mine is of the movie kind)
Device encryption - USB Flash Drive 2.0
Contact brand - bytestor: www.amazon.co.uk
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Dataferry flash pen
Having got this via the internet guru Amazon marketplace at a bargain price of 15.99 GBP I wasn't surprised to receive the package as a clinical wrapped piece of plastic with the letters bytestor printed on every which way you turn. The fact is bytestor is a brand that appears to be a subsiderary of Amazon. Bytestor is another one of those heavily merchandised branded device centres which equip Amazon with such quantity that you suddenly see the reason why the UK is regarded as the 'Shopping Mall' of the developed world. Much of these words I have expressed since I was a small minded twerp eating maltesers in seminars. When it comes to value and storage devices the UK certainly gets these at a good price for the consumer, something that is alien in our lives, when it comes to over paying for small commodities. Bytestor for whoever they are doesn't have a website that you can join, or doesn't collect your data directly from their site which consists of a publisher program and a storage facility around 77k. Their customer support goes into an abyss of cyber space and may fall in an in-tray, alas not a HQ is residing on the URL for even a courtesy gesture. Not that impressive to say it politely.
Their broad shoulder confidence of having Amazon as their main customer traffic provider is worrying, considering the climate and continuing downturn, were still in. Looking beyond the website, Amazon is certainly a big endorsement for bytestor who provide a big chunk of the data flash drives under the heading of 'dataferry'. An unique name for the Rom Seal type flash pen, that barely is seen in the dark while lodged in the USB port, but does exactly what it is intended to do, backlogging multiple files, Hard disk back ups, and quick file transfers. A lot is going on behind the scenes, yet you wouldn't know anything about it. No humming of a external flash drive, or a 'beep' to tell you all action stations is ready for transfer. It is a Rolls Royce as for silence and capabilities, yet a Saab as in style and for gadgetry innovation. The design barely rocks anybodies socks off, but it works remarkably smoothly, without pain or fear of loosing data. Amazon, certainly wouldn't endorse a bogus company, in fact Amazon seems to umbrella the brand with an astonishing frequency. Now that is the highest endorsement any brand could have, regardless of website content.
Dataferry's USB pen drive is flash encrypted and is extremely user friendly, simply slot in the USB pin which is at the end of the flash pen, after removing the click - on cap, into an available USB (Universal Serial Bus) port usually at the base of your workstation, or portable laptop. The flash drive will be recognised directly within a second from being plugged into an extra storage drive will be available for the transfer of files collectively 16 GB for this storage device. Data devices are usually formatted via alphabetical order according to the number of USB devices the user has currently active. Simply 'drag and drop' the files into the opened portable drive which automatically writes a back-up from where your location file came from. You can carry multiple files via the same 'drag and drop' method. All files are understood and read with ease and no driver knowledge is required; unless your workstation is older that a Windows Millennium Edition (ME) whereby drivers will be asked.
16GB memory storage
The enabled 16GB of storage is perfect for storing media files especially MPEG video stroke iPlayer downloads in excess of 700 MB per file source. In my opinion you can never have enough of these portable storage devices, I recommend ones that have 16 GB of storage available. Anything in excess of 8GB notably is suited for MPEG files and large media mobile files can be transported via workstations. Dataferry's read speed is 10MB's per second and the write speed is 5MB's per second, very competitive to flash encrypted devices styled as a pen drive. Only two inches long, and warrants a small green neon light when activated for reading or writing files, or initially for a second slotted in the USB port.
Design and product impression
Cute, rather poodle orientated in perception; rather stout with a ring at the bottom where I assume could fit onto a key ring. It is neat and altogether powerful dinky device that stores files plentifully. I was more impressed with the wrapping on delivery that suffices to say reminded me of surgical gloves and swish white interiors. Overall, the flash pen drive lacked that innovative spirit that captures the imagination of the consumer. If the gimmicky swivel cap devices irritates you beyond distraction the more sunken bytestor brand from Amazon maybe worth a trip down memory lane.
I cannot see this brand venturing off into the Sony world of technical delights in 2010. The light is on, but no one is in, going by the website.
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Copyright - 1st2thebar 01- 2010