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While it is very easy for the computer to recognise this usb, and it is easy to drag and drop files onto the usb and vice versa here are the downsides I found: 1) You can not save changes made to the files on the usb (can not replace saved changes from desktop to the usb without giving the file a different name) 2) You can not rename any files on the usb 3) You can not delete any files on the usb Basically all you can do is put files onto it and drag and drop copies of the files from the USB THIS IS BECAUSE THE INTEGRAL NEON IS "WRITE-PROTECTED". I can't even format the usb to get rid of the files that are on there that has personal information. Definately sticking to sandisk, busbi or verbatim. Abosolutely disgusted with integral, including the gadget show. They gave it a rating of 5/5 (which is why I bought it in the first place), out of all the "testing" they did they did not think to test the basics of deleting, renaming, overwriting etc. I guess it's true when they say you get what you pay for, cheap price for a CHEAP PRODUCT!!!!
The Integral USB flash drive 4gb memory stick is a very useful gadget to have around as it allows you to store small amounts of digital data in a portable format. These Flash Keys allow the exchange of information between computerised systems by way of the USB port on a desktop or laptop for example. Like most memory sticks nowadays all you need to do is plug it into your USB drive and it's ready to use. This Integral memory stick is approximately 5.5cm in length and weighs 8g. It is smaller and lighter that any other memory stick I've used. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Unlike the pink one pictured, my memory stick has a bright neon yellow fluorescent casing which I think is an advantage as it stands out amongst on desk or shelf filled with clutter making it easier to find. When you plug it in a pinkish flashing light shimmers brightly beneath the yellow casing. This shows that data is being processed or transferred. Regarding data transfer speed the drive seems to perform quite well or at an acceptable level at least. Determining speed is always difficult because a lot also depends upon the device you're plugging it into. It can take up to five minutes to transfer 1gb of data from my laptop. Like many memory sticks there is a loop incorporated in to the design at the end of the stick for linking onto keyings etc. The good thing about this is that unlike some other badly designed sticks the loop is not attached to the removable cap so there is no risk of losing your data if the top should accidentally come off during transport. The loop however is rather small and may be difficult to attach to many keyrings. Another minor drawback is that the cap can not be fitted on the back end of the stick so there is the risk of it being misplaced. So far I've had no reliability issues. I've been using this one for six months and it's been dropped a few times onto a hard floor so it seems quite robust. However, as with all technological gadgets, a data storage device will eventually become useless through wear and tear or be replaced by something more efficient and powerful. As they are still relatively new pieces of technology it is still difficult to judge how long they will last on average. Some manufacturers claim a lifespan of ten years others guarantee just two or three years. I would argue that you are more likely to lose one before it wears out or before some other new piece of technology will come along and replace it. I paid £4.45 on Amazon. At the time of writing the 4gb version is still available for a price of £4.50. However, an 8gb can be bought for just 29p extra. Prices include postage costs.
At the moment I'm having to do a professional course for work in which I have to take three modules over 18 months. It's a fair amount of work with a lot of assignments and in order to help me be ordered, I decided to buy three flash drives (one for each module) on which to be able to store and transport my work. I opted for the Integral Neon 4GB USB Flash Drive which comes in a variety of bright neon colours (I have neon yellow, pink and purple) which is great because it means they are easily identifiable and means you can assign one colour to one subject. Each flash drive cost me just £4.65 from Amazon (including post and packaging) which I think is a great price for 4GB of memory storage. The flash drive is small and light - weighing just 9g and measuring 5cm x 1.3cm x 0.4cm- so small enough to carry in your pocket or in your purse. What makes it distinctive looking is the fact that it is neon and so looks different to the majority of the other flash drives that are available. It has a cap on it which you pull off to reveal the USB port which you plug into your computer. I like that it has a cap because it means that the USB port is protected during transit or when the flash drive is not in use. It can be attached to a keyring and also has a pocket clip - which makes it less likely to be lost - but I personally don't use this feature. To use, it is just a matter of plugging in the flash drive into the USB port on your computer. My computer recognised that it was plugged in, and so once plugged in it's just a matter of telling your computer what it is you want to do. It saves files quickly and seems to be quite high speed. I have never had a problem with loosing data on the flash drive or on data being corrupted - which is a problem I've had in the past with other manufacturers. It seems safe and reliable. I don't like that there is nowhere to write on the flash drive to say what's actually on the stick. Overall, I think this is a really great little storage device and I recommend it to anyone looking for a flash drive - as long as you like neon pink!
I needed a new flash drive when my old one decided to corrupt itself (long story) and refuse to let me copy files over. I normally buy from online computer shops, but this one was on offer at Amazon for £3.99 (normally priced £4.99) which I thought was a bargain. I especially loved the fact it was neon pink as pink is my favourite colour. It also meant I could easily differentiate between mine and my husband's. It is also available in yellow, blue or black. The memory stick is very easy to use - it is quite literally plug and play. There's no messing around with drivers, software or anything else. This meant I could use it straight away. There is an LED light that tells you the memory stick is in use, which is handy as it means you know you plugged it in right! I used the stick to copy photos onto, and even large photos copied quickly. The stick is small and a flat rectangular shape. This is an asset - in the past I have had rounder shaped or odd shaped sticks which are fine, but it means access to the adjacent ports is difficult or impossible. The stick slides quickly and easily into the port without any problems. There is a small hole on the stick which I presume is for threading it onto keys if you wanted to take it everywhere with you. I have never needed to do this but I can see how it might be handy. 4GB is plenty for what I use it for, as I rarely use it for more than photos or the occasional document. It is small and lightweight, very portable and very efficient. I have had no problems whatsoever in copying or moving files to and from the stick. It is an absolute bargain of a price - the only flaw I can possibly find is that it was very over packaged and took longer to open it than it did to copy files etc.
While doing some typing for a client of Marks I realised he hadn't sent me a memory stick to save the completed files and documents on, I do regular work for this guy so knew it was simply an oversight and for that reason I didn't mind nipping down to our local independent PC shop to buy one as I couldn't finish the work until I'd saved what I'd already done. I came back with a 4gb Integral 'Neon' memory stick, the pink colour appealed to me and as it only cost £4.99 I chose that one as I knew it would become my own stick as soon as Martin had transferred everything onto his main computer system. He's seven feet tall and built like an American Football player, of course he'd give me back this girly pink memory stick! It's been an excellent buy; the initial use was fifteen minutes after I'd bought the stick and I was happy to find it was completely plug and play, there's no faffing around with drivers or having to install anything to make the stick work. This is about as basic as it comes. Even large files transfer pretty much instantly and there have never been any issues with file corruption or even (sharp intake of breath) documents disappearing after you've loaded them onto the stick. There's no indicator light to show that the stick is working, but then I find these largely irrelevant as I can see from a glance at my computer screen how the transfer is progressing and would rather pay a smaller price for a memory stick that doesn't feature a light! The stick slots smoothly and easily into any of the USB ports on my laptop, the sleek shape means adjacent ports are also easily accessible while I'm using this stick - something that has in the past led me to pick this specific one up from the pile of memory sticks we have in this house, particularly if I want to also plug in my USB Christmas Tree which has a very wide base so needs more room than the average USB powered product. There's a small hole at the top of the memory stick which makes it handy for threading onto a set of keys if it needs to be taken out of the house, useful when my daughter borrows it as she's currently in year 10 and has to transport coursework to and from school regularly. She does have her own sticks but seems drawn to this one, presumably because of the colour. I can't fault this memory stick at all, it's simple to use and will comfortably hold enough to be extremely useful for me and my family. The Neon range has lots of other colours so if pink isn't your thing you might prefer a bright yellow, purple or even black (for those of you who like your computer equipment tradition). The only downside is the ridiculously thick plastic packaging that this stick was wrapped in when I first bought it; it took scissors AND a knife to finally release it, why do they do that?
I finally bought my first ever flash drive earlier on this year. It suddenly dawned on me that I had thousands and thousands of sentimental family photos saved on my laptop and although I had printed most of them, I hadn't backed them up. Therefore I ordered myself a Kingston Data Traveller version from Amazon. Whilst waiting for it to arrive, my laptop died! It could not be repaired and I was pretty gutted to be honest - what awful timing! However, I certainly learned my lesson, especially because there was a lot of work for my dissertation saved on the latop which I of course had not backed up. Therefore, I thought I would keep the flash drive I had already bought for new photos and order myself a new one for all of my uni work. I knew I wanted one that looked quite cool, after all I was going to be using it most days. As pink is my favourite colour I searched for a pink one and a few different ideas came up. This one shown above seemed to be the one that represented the best value for money so I opted for this one which cost me around £7 for a 4gb drive. The item arrived quickly and I was eager to get it open to back up some of the work I had done since replacing my laptop. It came in plastic packaging which was easy enough to open with some scissors and I think this had instructions on the back but I didnt need this so I just plugged the drive straight in. I really like the look of the drive, it is simple but bright pink and also quite small (about 3-4 cm long, 1cm wide and half a cm deep). There is a removable cap to put on when it is not in use to keep the dust and dirt out and there is a space at the end so it can be attatched to a keyring or a lanyard if you wanted to. It is a brighter pink than in the picture and more neon. As soon as I plugged it in my laptop recognised it and it took a few seconds sorting out software for it. It was then ready to use. I renamed the name so I could find it easily on my list of computer files, this was easy to do. To save data to the drive, you simply go to save as you would normally and select your flash drive to save to rather than the hard drive of the computer. This is really easy and when the drive is in use (eg. things are being saved to it) it flashes red. I find this really useful as now I am quite paranoid about saving my work so when this flashes I know I have done so. I have quite a bit saved on my drive now, I have 5 different folders on it and in each one I have a few essays saved along with other bits and bobs. This has left me with 3.72gb worth of storage left so theres plenty of room left on it for me to use up. I have never had a problem with this drive and I have used it most days for a few months now. When I want to use it, I simply plug it in and it brings up all my files. I've never had a problem with it not being found on the laptop and never lost any files so for the £7 I think its great value for money and it certainly puts my mind at ease, especially with all these deadlines looming.