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I bought this quite a few years ago now.. it was my very first usb and I only needed a basic one and wasn't too bothered about the storage space. It was mainly just to back up and store a few of my files that I really needed at the time. It cost me £5 back then, but i'm sure you could find the same one cheaper these days considering it costs £5 to get a 2gb one now.
The usb is made by Kingston which is a good and reliable brand, I have since then bought a few other Kingston usb's and all have worked fine.
All usbs, even though they have the same purpose and each have their individual group capacity of storage space, whether 1gb, 2gb, 4gb, 8gb etc.. they all have their own little added features and mini perks.
This one has a very easy to open lid, meaning I don't have to wrestle to get it off like some of the newer ones I own. It also contains a light - which you can't actually tell is a light as its the actual Kingston logo.. but it turns green when inserted into the computer and when it is in use - such as transfering files it keeps flashing quite quickly. This is handy as it reminds you not to pull the usb out and that it is still in use. This avoids any data damage.
The memory stick also has a little loop at the end and so it is possible to attach it to your keys.. but it could be quite difficult to attach a neck strap.
As a first usb this was very good, and i'm sure if you want a small usb and only want to store a few files for when on the go, then it's possible to get this quite cheaply online on sites such as Ebay.
To use the usb all you do is insert it into the little usb port on your computer, if it's the first time you are using it then it takes a few moments to install the device onto the machine - but after that once you stick it in, its up and running quite quickly and is used like all the other usb's out today.
Even though this usb is so many years old, it's still working fine and in one piece.. the lid has never broke or got lost. You can also put the lid on the back of the usb - like you would with a pen so it'll always be there. I can't really fault this product.. it did the job well a few years ago and it's the same now.
It is useful to have extra usb's with more space.. I have quite a collection so i'm sure i'll review the others at some point too!. Overall can't fault it, i'd give this one 5 stars.
In my work I travelled a lot and requested of the IT department that they recommend for me a good quality flash drive on which I could store all my valuable files.
The Kingston Data Traveller 512Mb was the product recommended to me and I ordered it straightaway. The product takes the shape of a flattened cylinder in dark metallic grey with a protective push on cap to cover the USB connection. It's quite heavy compared to some of the lightweight ones I have see but this is because it seems very solidly built.
On inserting the flash drive into a USB port on the laptop the light within the stick turns red to show you it is operating and a pop up screen appears moments later on the screen asking you to select from a number of different options. The initial options are all picture related, the remainder are classified as General Options. The General Option I select is Open Folder to View Files and after selecting this, I can immediately access the folder structure I have set up to organise my various files.
What I like about this storage facility is its total reliability after some 4 years usage and of course the fact that it can store so much data - much more than I can envisage ever needing. I much prefer to use one decent sized storage facility than carry around several smaller ones. Although I find this easier to carry in my pocket, the product does come with a tiny hole through which you can fix a lanyard to attach it to a key ring, to your briefcase or whatever.
If the data you want to secure is important to you, it makes sense to pay extra to invest in a quality memory stick. Kingston is a recognised and respected brand in the market and I would certainly recommend it. This is one of the smaller ones in the range and it's fine for my needs, but if you need to carry around a lot of large files, it's probably better to get one with a larger capacity.