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Manufacturer: ByteStor / Storage Capacity: 2 GB

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      15.04.2011 14:20
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      ByteStor To ByteSore - Lacks storage.

      Information at a glance
      Capacity: 2 GB
      Colour: Silver
      Device encryption: USB Flash Drive 2.0
      Contact brand: Bytestor: www.amazon.co.uk
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      ByteStor flash pen
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      ByteStor is probably is the best brand of flash drive a consumer could choose. Priced at 5.55 GBP on their online vendor Amazon, the fee is malleable, even if the storage facility wanes and doesn't fill you with confidence that all data is transferred, Amazon at present are doing deals for bulk buys of this device. Why? Just buy a 16GB flash drive instead. Yes, it is getting to the point whereby the dwindling sales of the minuscule 2GB facilitated flash devices have become 'dead stock.' In the coming months these antique drives will drop considerably in price to create some storage space elsewhere, residing in corrugated warehouses. When the storage capacity price falls in value due to market demand, plus for technological advancements, the fall-guy is the product at the bottom of the storage heap. Sadly, today the dependable 2GB ByteStor flash drive has reached semi-retirement.

      Actually, my device still looks sprightly and works perfectly well, it still has its 'data facility marbles' and hasn't a scratch on its plastic thorax. Yet it has been superseded by most of my data storage flash devices. Not due to actual performance, however, rather because more 'fatter' storage devices give me greater data reassurances. I know a 16GB ByteStor will scoff and store more movie files and when called for it will regurgitate the material on demand. Albeit transferring data to the 2GB device - I tend to be screwing up my face, crossing my fingers and toes, that the transfer was successful; begging I don't get a prompt stating: 'not enough device memory to process data transfer.' The storage device is always eager to do its job but like a small child eyeing up a large creamy trifle, their eyes are too big for their bellies; so, it is up to the user to check file size and do the maths, if the 2GB is called into action. For me, my faithful servant has worked part-time on occasions doing meagre storage jobs, and then I forget what meagre jobs the 2GB pen has done. So, it has become irrelevant. I now employ 'fatter' storage pens to keep up with the fast pace of portable data. During this time of austerity and at present, I require an improved efficiency in time-management; keep slotting in 2GB devices to transfer data is not viable. Files are getting bigger and so is flash storage.

      Thorax of a stag beetle
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      Design based on a stag beetle - the shape is odiously more bulbous than it needs to be. Newer updates of the model exemplifies a derriere friendly product, and too be honest, it appears more slim-line user-friendly, even the key-ring tag seems playful, reaches out like a plastic toy handle-bar; showing willingness to tag along whenever data portability is a possibility. Silver seems dated, just like the silver foil elderly footage of when man first set foot on the moon. The semi-pair shape doesn't do any justice either; I couldn't really happily stick this device in my front pocket without it causing discomfort or getting observing stares from passers-by. The pin just dug in where-ever soft flesh was nearby, that's if you are like me and forget to place the flash device on your lapel, which in-turn makes you appear incredibly pretentious, even the pretentious don't apply that deed.

      ByteStor part of the Dataferry family do boast of read speed of 10MB's per second and the write speed is 5MB's per second. The 2GB flash pen speeds are not far from those stats, recent readings show they are not as consistent as the initial product writing speeds, so over time, the 2GB speeds do deteriorate marginally; the USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) helps with maintaining a fast rate of transfer (comparable to USB 1.1) from workstation to workstation; however, it determines on device usage and of course the USB port CPU.

      Driver activated for user-ability
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      Easy to pin the USB pin into an available USB port; the device driver is instantly recognised in CPU's younger than CPU systems using Windows ME (Millennium Edition) - enabled to all Mac users. 'Drag and drop' files to relevant folders as you wish (speeds, already stated) - Lacks in credible data security that is evident in later devices. DataFerry usually has a private password enclosure installed on the hardware, albeit, *not* on lower spec elderly models, such as the 'thorax styled' 2GB Flash pen. One of the plus's for me, 'it has no gimmicks' - no swivelling cap, these can get jammed and are more trouble than they're worth, over a duration of time. Conveys extreme simplicity in portable device technology - whenever any activity is asked of the flash pen, a red indicator light flicks on and tells you it is working.

      Overall, I can't recommend this product if you're constantly hungry for data. Higher storage devices will suit you better and the 2GB available on data storage will be scoffed as quickly as throwing a rodent to pack of ravenous lions. Now it is destined to collect dust, amongst the other decrepit lower spec devices in the corners of my hovel. Thanks for reading.©1st2thebar 2011

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        23.11.2010 18:27
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        Worth buying if you only need it for a couple of things

        When I was looking for a job, I would often see jobs advertised in shop windows, and when asking in store, be asked to drop in my CV. Initially, I would go home, print one off, and get the bus back into town to hand it in . Later, I began carrying spares in my bag, but they would often become creased, torn, or covered in melted lipgloss.

        There had to be a happy medium - and it was my boyfriend who provided the solution - buying me this USB storage device, he told me to whack my CV, covering letter template, and anything else that might be useful on there, and just print off copies of my CV at the Library in town as and when I needed them .

        At a fairly small 2gb capacity, this is hardly a mega giant when it comes to storage - but then, I only really needed it, at the time, for 2 documents, and anything bigger would really have just been a waste . Costing just under a fiver, this was also relatively inexpensive, and being so small and lightweight, was the perfect size for tucking into my handbag and carrying about everywhere , just in case I needed to bring up my CV to print whilst out and about.

        The design is pretty much as you see above, with a pen style cap with a clip, which enables this to be clipped onto a pocket . However, with it not being the most stylish thing in the world, I opted not to wear it as a fashion accessory, and instead just shoved it in a pocket. It has a usb connection, making it simple to plug into your PC when you need to transfer a document, and using it is really easy, as it really is as simple as just plugging it in, and dragging files over .

        Overall, I've found this a very handy little device to have about my person - the job I currently have, I applied for by printing my CV off in the library immediately after seeing the advertisement, and getting it handed in within a few minutes, rather than having to make a trip home and back, or having to hand in a battered, dog eared CV .

        I have however now upgraded to a similar device with a larger capacity, as I've taken to backing up many important files, including coursework for the part time course I am on, and the 2Gb really wasn't doing it for me anymore.

        Recommended for usefulness, although many people may benefit from a larger storage capacity.

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          03.10.2010 08:42
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          OK product but there are better designs out there

          USB flash drives are fairly standard products these days and they come in a range of storage capacities so for me it is often the small details that help me decide which one to purchase. My personal preference for a flash drive is the design where the usb insert is retractable and hence less prone to damage. This particular model from ByteStor does not have that feature but on the lid it does have a clip in order to secure it to an inside jacket pocket which I thought might be a useful addition as often find myself fumbling about in my laptop case to find the relevant usb that I want as I normally have two or three on the go storing different information.

          This product retails for about £10 in the shops and is a rather cheap looking silver plastic device. By modern standard it is a bit bulky however it works perfectly well and is reasonabkly quick at uploading data with a flashing red indicator light to tell you when it is doing this, it stops flashing when the upload is complete. It also has an anti delete switch which acts as a lock to prevent the accidental deletion of material.

          The only negative that I have with this product is the fact that after a while the lid has become a little loose meaning that if you store it upright in a pocket using the clip then often the lid and the device become seperated thus negating the benefit of the clip. Other than that this is a perfectly competent memory storage device and one that does not require a software upload to be able to use it.

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            22.07.2010 11:31
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            A poor memory stick not worth trying

            This was one of the first USB sticks I had and it was pretty good at the time but a bit out-dated now. It has a capacity of just 2 GB, which isn't really a lot if you're looking to back up a lot of stuff. People always talk about the best ways to back up your files - I think the USB pen drive is one of the best and most efficient. It's also very safe unless you lose or damage your stick. They can inexplicably break too, which can be quite annoying - this one broke in the end for me.

            The USB stick is silver with the ByteStor logo across the front in blue. It's made of plastic and is quite large compared to other smaller and more compact sticks. It does however have a silver clip, so you can clip it in pockets on your clothes. It's quite a chunky thing, with rounded corners so it's nice to hold.

            The lid simply clicks off to reveal the USB stick. Insert this into a standard USB drive in any computer and you can get going. Due to the stick's chunky size, you may not be able to fit adjacent USB cables in, as it sticks out a bit. This makes the desgin pretty awful. The stick works with both PCs and Macs and most probably Linux too but I haven't tried (I assume it would...) You can rename the stick so it shows up differently on your desktop on a Mac or under my computer on a PC.

            It's quite quick to put things onto the USB but slower to take things off onto your computer. It can carry 2 GB of material, although it may in reality be a bit less than this. This isn't a bad capacity compared to the old ones that were 128 MB for example, but it's not huge. I also have a 8 GB stick, which can carry a lot more material. It works well and is easy to use, but mine has broken, despite being quite old, I was still annoyed. I don't even know what it had on it anymore, but hopefully nothing important.

            It's not that reliable so I probably wouldn't go for it - you don't want it breaking on you too! However it does the job well and you can get one quite cheap today for under £10 online.

            Thanks for reading!

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            16.07.2010 22:25
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            you can get a bigger storage flash drive pen for less money than this one

            Everyone likes a good reliable flash drive that will transfer data between 2 computer, whether it be movies music or photo's, with the bigger memory flash drives being made with more sensitive stuff, you know that the smaller ones are going to be fine, especially when we are talking about 1gb or 2gb flash drives.
            These things are so tiny you could plug them in and forget they are there.


            The Bytestor usb 2.0 pen drive is a silver in colour and is all plastic, the logo Bytestor is written on its plastic surface, it's a light flash drive but may be a little bit bulky for those small jean pockets, you could forget that this can hold 2gb's worth of information with the cheap feel that it has. I don't really know Bytestor so I can't compare their previous products but if this is anything to go by then they leave much to be desired for.
            If you transfer some stuff onto the flash drive that you don't want too lose or accidentally delete, you will notice a little switch that is "write-protect" it is locked when the switch is on the side of the little picture of a padlock.


            When you connect the flash drive into the computer you will notice a little light is activated on the back end (the opposite end of the usb) to let you know the flash drive is activated. As soon as the flash drive is connected there is nothing to load up or install, basically this is one of those products that are "plug and go" its all done, if any of this confuses you there are manuals that you will get with this product explaining anything I have mentioned in more detail, the transfer rate is fast and allows the drag and drop method from computer to flash drive just to add to the convenience of this device.
            Just remember the larger the file you are transferring the longer the transfer time.
            Even though it states it has a storage capacity of 2gb its just a little bit less, the stick uses a part of the storage to be able to run this pen.


            When you are finished you simply pull out the pen, take the whit plastic lid it came with and place it on, saving it from dust mites to be able to get into the usb section, you can either store this in your pocket, bag or on your top (due to the little clip that is provided on the lid).



            You can buy this from Amazon for £11.84




            Final Thought

            This is a very convenient device but I do think it is a bit too much money considering you can get a 20gb stick for £15, so this in actual fact is very expensive, if it wants to be this price it needs to offer more features that can bring it up to par with the big dogs...and usually that is done with a bigger storage capacity.
            As convenient as this is, would I recommend this to friends...no.
            You can probably get a 8gb for cheaper than this 2gb.

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              06.07.2010 22:03
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              Outdated, but something to tell the great grandchildren about

              I've had this pen drive for several years, so this model must be at least 5 years old by now. Still, data sticks don't really date much so it's still usuable...just about.

              I bought this USB stick from Amazon, and it retails there now at about £12, which is quite reasonable really. It's always better to buy memory sticks and cards online because they're usually at least a third cheaper than you'd pay in the shops.

              To use it, you simply pull the lid off and insert the USB end into a USB port on your computer. You don't need to install any software, and you can drag and drop files on and off it easily to transport them without lugging around your computer. When the memory stick is reading or writing data, a small light on the end flashes red, which is a handy feature.

              I normally buy ByteStore memory sticks as they offer the best value for money and in my experience, do a good job. This particular one is very big and chunky and finished in a slightly shiny silver. After several years of being thrown around, the silver is chipping off mine at the edges so it's not the most practical on-the-go design if you care about that kind of thing.

              One of the reasons why this was so cheap 5 years ago is because of its size. For some reason the USB stick is so big and chunky that you can't plug anything in next to it - meaning that if your USB slots are next to each other, you'll be putting two out of action rather than just the one actually required.

              There's a safety catch on the side to 'lock' the USB stick, although I think this is mostly pointless as you can just unlock it quickly to use it again. The USB stick also has a big, chunky lid with a silver clip to attach it to your pocket or possibly a thin sheaf of papers.

              Sadly I haven't used my Bytestor stick in a while as it has a virus on it that even AVG can't clear. Also, its chunky, impractical design and relatively small size (obviously you get less than 2GB of space after formatting) makes me head towards my other USB sticks. Also, with computing slowly moving into the cloud and larger email limits, I do tend to use other methods of transporting files and only use USB sticks occasionally.

              As this particular make is so old, I'd recommend going for the thinner Bytestor flash drives which are attractive, thin and don't chip. You can currently pick up a 16GB 'Dataferry' drive for just £25 from Amazon, so I'd opt for that instead.

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                03.07.2010 20:53
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                Decent Pen Drive

                Nowadays, everyone seems to own a flash drive - but there was a time when our data-ferrying friends were highly sought after items. When computer memory was still quite expensive, Bytestor were one of the first companies to jump on the bandwagon and manufacture a range of reliable and cool-looking flash drives which were highly portable and easy to use. My first flash drive (which I still own) is the subject of today's review - the not-so-inspiringly-titled 'Bytestor 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive'.

                Appearance - Space Age or Space Oddity?
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                The drive itself is constructed from silver plastic, and features the Bytestor logo printed across its front. Although I mentioned in the opening paragraph that Bytestor made cool looking products, to be honest, this particular flash drive isn't the most aesthetically pleasing piece of technology - it appears very dated even though it's only a few years old. It's also rather bulky, and although it will comfortably fit in the pocket, it's a far cry from the uber-tiny devices we see nowadays. The product is really light, and feels quite flimsy - that said, I've dropped it on numerous occasions, and it has always stood up to the challenge.

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                Features of note include a small red light (set in to the plastic on the top) which flashes when data is being read or written, and a tiny write-protect switch on the side. When said switch is set to the locked position (depicted with a tiny lock symbol), nothing can be deleted from the device.

                Compatibility Issues & Portability
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                The Bytestor 2gb connects to your computer (PC or Mac, it doesn't matter) via USB 2.0, ensuring that transfer speeds are nice and quick. You don't need any additional drivers or software for the computer to recognise the product, and it should be simply a case of plug-and-go. The USB end is covered with a cap which is easy to remove, and features a metal clip so that you can attach the device to your shirt pocket like a pen. The rear end of the drive is attached to a white cord loop which is of sufficient length to allow the product to be worn around the neck - although that's not a fashion statement that I'm keen on promoting!

                Final Word
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                Overall, I can only recommend Bytestor's original 2gb flash drive, as it has served me well down the years. No, it's not especially pleasant to look at, but if it's reliability that you're after, you won't go too far wrong here. It also comes with a two year warranty - so in the unlikely event that it does break, you'll be able to get your money back - recommended.

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