Product Type: Bytestor Flash Drive
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Cheap, functional....and pink!
Bytestor Dataferry 4 GB
Member Name: pink_glitter
Bytestor Dataferry 4 GB
Advantages: reasonably priced, easy to use, plug and play
Disadvantages: outer casing seems flimsy
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.
Summary: It does the job
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