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At the moment I am doing an Open University course and my husband is doing an accountancy course so we booth have to save a lot of work we've done. We also have photos on the laptop, we do not want to loose these or our course work so I decided that we really should buy some sort of file to back them up on. I had a hunt around online and discovered the Bytestore 4GB USB High Speed Dataferry Pink Flash Drive. I have to admit that I was drawn to this particular USB Flash Drive because it was pink, however after having a quick look at the information about it, it seemed ideal for what we were looking for, well I use it Mark wants to get a different coloured one for his work.
The Bytestor Flash Drive when it arrived was of a standard size, the whole flash drive is made from a bright pink transparent plastic, this allows you to see the insides of the flash drive, written on the main body of the flash drive are the works "Bytestor 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive", this is written in white allowing it to stand out against the bright pink background. The USB Flash Drive has a pull off top, again this is made from the same pink transparent plastic that the main body of the USB Drive is, this is easily removed and simply clicks back in place, once removed it reveals the small silver end which you insert into the USB port on your computer (I do not know the technical term for this) The lid can actually be clipped onto the end of the USB Flash Drive whilst it is in use, this is designed like this so that you do not loose the lid, this is actually quite handy as I do find I tend to misplace the lids for this sort of thing and the end of the USB Flash Drive could easily be damaged without it.
The Flash Drive is compliant to 2.0 USB specifications, although when I read about the product before buying it it did say that it would fit a 1.1 USB socket, I am guessing that my USB socket must be a 2.0 as the flash drive fits perfectly, although I must admit I didn't actually know they came in different sizes until read the description on this particular one. The Flash Drive is also described as having "true plug and play" USB connecting, this basically means you can use it as it is without the additional need for extra power, again this is something else I didn't know I assumed you could just buy a USB Flash Drive and plug it in and go. Other noticeable features of this particular USB Flash Drive is that it has a read and write indicator lamp. Feature wise personally I would say that the Flash Drive is pretty standard, there is nothing complicated about it at all, it is small and compact meaning that it will not take up a lot of space in your computer case or wherever you keep it. I would say that it is well made and sturdy, I have had cheap USB drives in the past and they often feel a bit flimsy and as though they are going to fall apart after just a few uses, however this one feels strong and well made and I do not have to worry about any parts falling off of it.
The Flash Drive as the name suggests is of a decent size and has a 4GB storage capacity, again I do not know all the technical details about the size of different USB Flash Drives, I'm not really a technical person, I know the basics but that's it really. However when I was looking to buy a USB Drive to back up our information and photos I did ask someone what they thought and said that I had found this particular 4GB one and was informed that for what I wanted this would be plenty big enough, personally I didn't think this sounded a huge amount of space but considering at work we use 2GB Flash Drives to back up the companies files this 4GB one had to be large enough for what we wanted.
When the USB Flash Drive arrived I sat down and start to move all of our bits over onto it so we had a back up copy of everything. Once I was finished I had a quick look to see what sort of space was left on it, I expected to have used up most of the space on the drive, but was surprised to see that in fact we had used hardly any of the space up on it meaning we could get a large amount of information on the Flash Drive still. I was extremely pleased with the capacity of the Bytestor Flash Drive, it wasn't the most expensive option so I did wonder how accurate the sizing of it would be but it would seem that it is extremely accurate and even after backing up all of our information we still have a large amount of space left.
I purchased my Bytestor USB Flash Drive online from Amazon, however it can be bought from other online stores, it cost me just £5.60, I thought this was an excellent price as I did see the same USB drive being sold online for £9.99 so on Amazon I feel I got an excellent deal. Personally I think this item was worth the money as it has a good size storage capacity and is also very well made, not flimsy like some other cheap versions of USB drives I have used in the past, this one was well made for such a low price.
I would definitely recommend the Bytestor 4GB USB High Speed Flash Drive in Pink, using it is very easy you simply plug it into your USB port on your computer and you are ready to go and move your files across from the computer to the USB Flash Drive, the whole procedure is very quick and took hardly any time at all. The USB Drive s very reasonably priced, although this does depend on where you purchase it from. I would say that the pink version is definitely aimed at woman, however you can purchase it in different colours, again this depends on where you purchase it from. Overall I have been extremely pleased with my Bytestor Flash Drive, it has allowed me to back up all of the files I want to keep on my computer, it has a large storage capacity so 4GB is plenty big enough for everyday use. I would certainly buy another of these in the future and would recommend it to anyone.
~~Not so much a backup, more a way of life?~~
My Bytestor 'memory stick' is without doubt one of the handiest gifts I've had in ages. It's been in daily use ever since I received it well over a year ago. I almost take for granted its usefulness, simplicity and reliability - but not quite! Hence this brief non-technical review.
~~Beauty in simplicity~~
This little device has proved to be an excellent solution for quick selective (ad hoc) backups and for copying or transferring files from one machine to another, particularly photos and word-processed documents, between laptops and desktop computers. Other methods now seem cumbersome by comparison. It's simpler than setting up a 'network share' or using disc-based devices. I believe Bytestor even offer these in shocking pink, if that appeals, though mine is just a subtle blue!
~~Value for money 'spec'~~
As this was a present, I can't be certain of the original purchase price, but storage costs continue to fall and this is now quite inexpensive. Available for under £6, it's simple, quick and reliable with enough capacity for most everyday purposes. When I got this it seemed to be almost state-of-the-art but, needless to say, similar products are now available with much higher capacities and even faster data transfer rates.
Without going into too many technicalities, the Bytestor 4Gb USB 'Dataferry' may not have quite the latest specification but it still seems quite sufficient for most purposes. It's aptly named, as 'ferrying data' is exactly what I mostly do with it.
Advertised as a 'high speed flash drive', it certainly seems fast enough to me. I believe it's 'USB 2.0 compliant' - not quite the latest standard but still quite fast and compatible with previous USB (1.1) equipment. Being solid state, there are of course no moving parts to go wrong; nor does it need any external power supply. It's also fully 'plug and play' - so no complicated installation required.
I've used this regularly with various versions of Windows and experienced no problems whatsoever. But for other operating systems and full compatibility information, best refer to manufacturer. [See links below]
~~What it's not~~
I wouldn't rely on this as a main backup or archiving medium. I've been through a number of different generations of technologies for this, from tapes, multiple floppy discs ('disks'?) of various sizes, 'Zip' drives, optical devices (CDs and DVDs), but now rely largely on USB external hard drives. Like solid state 'flash drives' these are convenient but somewhat less portable.
[If interested, for details of my main backup device, perhaps refer to my previous 'Seagate' review. This has been a lifesaver recently following the sad demise of an old desktop PC hard disc!]
The 4Gb Bytestor drive may not be the best choice either if you need to handle very large files, e.g. video or other space-consuming media files, un-optimised or uncompressed formats. Many alternatives are available for such purposes, including higher capacity drives in the same range.
~~Design and usability~~
As stated previously, this is straightforward to use, with standard USB connectivity and genuine 'plug and play'. Just drag and drop your files intuitively.
I do appreciate the protective plug cap, designed to sit on the other end of the drive when this is in use - and not lost so far! Both parts have a loop that can be attached to a keyring, which is a nice touch.
This may not be the smallest device of its type on the market but it is quite compact at just c. 7 mm long, including the loops at each end, according to my rough measurements.
This product is not really designed for heavy duty use. The casing is constructed from what seems fairly lightweight plastic. But for regular domestic use, in our household this has stood the test of time, so far withstanding all normal usage plus the inevitable occasional 'knocks & drops' ...
~~What's in a name?~~
Call it a 'Pen drive', 'flash drive', 'memory stick' or 'USB stick', it's all the same to me! Having said that, I quite like the 'Dataferry' concept.
* Reliable, well specified for the price
* Not quite the latest specification
* Good value, reliable memory stick
* Well worth considering a device from this range for reliability and acceptable performance at a reasonable price.
* Bytestor website : http://bytestor.com
Note to self:
Find out more about 'Cloud' backup, remaining sceptical but open-minded. And now ... time to back up this review!
[© SteveS001, 2011. A version of this original review may be found on other review sites]
Before owning this Bytestor memory stick, I had an ancient memory stick which I think only held about 256mb of data. When I bought a new laptop last year I bought lots of little accessories for it, one of which was a new memory stick as I had a few photos and documents on my old PC which I wanted to keep but didn't necessarily want to have clogging up the memory on my new laptop. Memory sticks (aka flash drives) are a great way of keeping data or if you're like me, transferring it between one PC and another without having to email things to yourself!
I bought this flash drive from Amazon and put very little thought into the purchase. This one was 4GB which was a little more memory than I wanted and it was a good price, so I bought it. The fact it was pink also swayed my decision as I thought it looked rather cute at the time. Red and blue options are also available if pink is not your thing!
When this arrived it had no packaging as far as I remember was just sitting in the bottom of a bubble envelope. My first impression was that it looked incredibly disappointing. The pink plastic casing seemed poor quality and if I press my thumb on it, the casing does seem to have more 'give' than I would like it to. On the plus side it is very lightweight and has a loop on each end so can easily be put onto a keyring for quick and easy transportation. The lid can be clipped onto the base of the drive when removed to stop the two being separated and the lid clicks on firmly, so there's limited chance of it falling off. Despite my reservations about durability, I've had it for 14 months now and it's still in one piece despite my general heavy handedness.
It's not the smallest drive ever, being about 2.75 inches long, but it's suitable for my needs. My partner has one which is absolutely tiny and folds up on itself, but on the whole this one is still suitable for keeping in a pocket or on a keyring.
The drive is USB 2.0 which is pretty standard and gives a faster transfer speed. USB 3.0 products are now available, but personally I still find this fast for my needs and I'm a relatively patient person anyway and rarely notice the difference with these things!
The drive is plug and play and takes no setting up. My last flash drive was made by a company called Busbi and would install all sorts of rubbish when plugged in - so I was thankful that this didn't do any of that. It really is a case of plug and play with this, which is how it should be - I don't need to have 200 icons appear in the system tray every time I want to save a photograph!
Using this is like any other drive of this nature. Just drag and drop the files that you want to keep. I only store photographs and a few Word and Excel documents on mine so the 4gb capacity meets my needs perfectly. I find it fast to use and the relatively small files I transfer to it can be copied across quickly and easily.
I paid £7 for this from Amazon, however having just checked it is now available for just £5.65 which I feel is very reasonable.
Overall, whilst I found this to suit my needs well, I do wish the plastic casing was a bit sturdier. Whilst it's never actually broken, the flimsy plastic often worries me that it will at some point! Still I think it's a decent price, it looks good and it's functional as well and quick and easy to use, so I would still recommend it.
Being a university student Flash Drives/USB Sticks are essential for my studies. I use them regularly to transfer documents between university computers and my own laptops, to back up all my coursework to prevent me losing all my work the night before the due date (which has unfortunately happened in the past). As such, most university student have them, so when you lose them they can be rather hard to identify, which is what first attracted me to this particular USB stick. The bight pink colour makes it unique and easy to spot, making it easy to identify and hard to forget. This particular USB stick is also available in other colours, including blue and red, making them more suitable for guys too. This USB stick also comes in a variety of sizes from 2 to 32 GB (which is HUGE) and of course vary in price accordingly. I have the 4GB, which cost me £5.99, which is a really good price as most shops only offer 2GB at this price.
The USB is set up to work with pretty much all computers, as it is made to the standard USB 2.0 specifications, and will still work with older specifications, such as 1.1 drives. As with all modern USB sticks all the installation software is built in to the stick to allow it to be used on any computer without having to carry a CD around with you. Once you have plugged it in it will install in about 10seconds, but depending on you computer this time may vary. I have also found that on some computers if it is the first time your using it, it can take a tad longer to load, but is still really quick. The USB comes with a name set by the manufactures, which I believe was either ByteStor or Dataferry, but you can easily rename it by right clicking on the drive in my computer and selecting rename. It then works like any other USB stick, you can copy, deleted, drag, paste, move, add etc any sort of file.
I used this memory stick for a while now and is still going strong. The lid is pretty secure to help prevent you bending the connection on the stick(which is easier than you might think) as this will break your memory stick rather quickly. One real plus point is that the lid fits onto the other end of the memory stick, preventing you losing the lid while it is in use. It also has a loop on either side of the USB so it can be attached to a key ring, but I would recommend not attaching it to too many keys for the reason above. I have no faults with this product it works as it should, is easy to use for beginners at computing and is reliable. I will probably only change when I fill it up (which will take about 3 years, 4 GB hold a huge amount of documents and pictures, but will get filled up quickly with videos).
I won several prizes in the 10 Days of Dooyoo competition, which was very exciting, and received them over the Christmas holidays! Several pink items were included, which was very handy for me! One of these was a ByteStor 4GB High Speed 'Dataferry' Flash Drive.
Portable USB drives are very handy to have, both to back up your files in case your computer gets corrupted, and to transport files between home, work and/or university. I've owned several and have found them very useful, especially while I was a student and was working on assignments using both my laptop and the library computers.
This particular drive from ByteStor is available in several colours including blue, pink and red, and in several sizes from 2 to 32 GB. They vary in price but this 4GB size costs £5.99, which is good value for this amount of memory. Prices seem to be dropping all the time, I'm sure a 2GB drive cost over £10 a few years ago.
This drive is made to USB 2.0 specifications (which modern computers have) but will work in 1.1 drives as well (on older computers). It is very easy to use. Simply plug it into any computer and within a few seconds it will be installed. It can be renamed with a meaningful name of your choice. To move files, you can click and drag, copy and paste, or right click and 'Send To' your flash drive. I'm no expert on transfer times but moving across a few files never seems to take too long. A red light turns on when transferring files.
As well as a couple of other drives, I happen to own another Bytestor flash drive which is pretty much exactly the same as this new one, except that it is blue and 1GB in size. I've had it for several years and it's been absolutely fine, so I have no reason to believe that this one will be any less reliable. The lid fits on securely, and fits onto the other side of the drive when it's in the computer, so it doesn't get lost. There are loops on both sides so the drive can be attached to a keyring, but I prefer to keep it in a small purse so it doesn't get scratched.
I've got no reason not to recommend this drive, either this particular one (in a great colour!) or ByteStor drives in general. I've only had this one for a week so can't comment on its individual reliability, but the one I've owned previously has lasted for years so I don't see why not this one shouldn't be the same. I will update this review if it does break. As far as I'm concerned, the drive is great in every way!