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I was fortunate enough to get this flash drive for free from a local website and have used it for backup ever since throughout my school years and now into university.
The Freecom Databar is efficient enough for those who need to back up small documents. At 4 gigabytes it's hardly the largest on the market but is large enough for me since, as a student, office documents don't take up loads of space anyway. Some people have been saying it's slow but for me it loads up fast enough on my laptop and files save onto it fairly quickly.
The flash drive's design is basic being completely black except for the blue logo on it, so not at all snazzy or eye-catching. It also has a cap which needs to be taken off to plug the usb head in, which I didn't think was necessary because it could get lost easily (mine did despite my best efforts).
Therefore I'd say this flash drive is best for people wanting to backup files on a budget, especially students who won't be putting anything bigger than music files on there. The Freecom Databar might be a tad boring to look at, but will get the job done for sure.
This is a very good memory stick. It's good value for money, the build quality is really good and it's small and lightweight, making it a great option for people who need a truly portable drive. However, it is quiet slow and is sometimes glitchy, losing connection.
The packaging is very clear, with lots of information and txt that is easy to read. It also protects the product really well. However, it can be really hard to open, with hard plastic that can cut into skin. This also means that it is tough to open with scissors. The instructions that are included are very clear, and easy to follow if you aren't quite sure how to use the drive.
The design is very modern, and the sleek. However, it is easy to lose it as it is small and lightweight. This makes it the perfect option for somebody wanting a portable drive. The design involves a cap that covers the USB port. This is removed when you use it, which means it can become lost, leaving the USB components open to damage. When it is on, the cap fits very well, so it won't come off.
The build quality of the product is really good, as everything fits and feels like it will last. The materials seem really good, as the plastic is thick and don't scratch easily. This is certainly a drive that can be used every day. After a few drops, this product still feels as good as new.
However, the product is quite slow, compared to similar drives on the market. This isn't too bad when copying small files and folders, but if you like to store videos and pictures on the drive, consider something else so you don't waste so much time.
Also, I had some problems when trying to copy files to the drive. Sometimes, larger files would show an error, and the copy would stop. This only happened a few times, but on my new drive, it hasn't happened since.
The drive is cheap, but not as cheap as other drives. It's worth it though for the higher build quality.
Overall, a great drive that feels like it will last. It's good value for money but it is quite slow and my first drive did occasionally show an error.
I bought this about a year ago also, It has been fine to use, if a little slow both to read, write and eject! This can get annoying if you want to quickly move files from one computer to another, but if you aren't bothered by this then it's a great, VERY cheap, reliable thing.
It seems to be very hardy too, how I throw it around, I am surprised it is working anymore, considering the price!
I have found one problem with mine though, sometimes even if you delete files from it, it won't recognise that, and the capacity will stay the same. It may be because I move it between mac and pc. I have found if you format it on a pc, then it works fine again.
Another thing to remember with all memory cards is that they tend to have files, I think drivers, on them, so you don't actually get the full 4 gig, or however much it says!
I bought this flash drive over a year ago and it has worked faultlessly ever since. It is very small and sleek looking, and because of its small profile, it will fit in any USB port and won't block access to others.
It seems to operate quite quickly but I have tried to use it as part of Windows Vista "Ready Boost" (the flash drive is used as extra memory to speed up the system) but it failed the test so there will be faster flash drives out there.
Another plus is the cost of the unit. Right now it is available on amazon for about £8 which is great value for a flash drive of this size and brand. I would recommend this for anyone and it will be more than adequate for school and work use. I also use it to play music on my hi-fi and it always works faultlessly.
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