=== The Problem ===
My previous flash drives had either failed, due to an unknown reason, or a bad power configuration on a custom premade PC I purchased. I found the USB wiring had been done wrong, and there were a number of other issues with that computer's assembly, that the whole system had to eventually be rebuilt from scratch. I had rebuilt the computer, getting components from stores online. Now I needed to be able to move files larger than the amount spanning 20 floppy disks. I saw a 2GB USB flash drive for sale at the local supermarket, so I bought that. It worked very well, but a few years later I discovered that the capacity just wasn't enough, and I was sometimes transferring only half my software project development and database files at a time.
I needed something to hold a larger amount of data, and be within an affordable range. Buying DVD±Rs wasn't an option, nor were there always the burning facilities available.
=== Solution ===
I was randomly browsing through an online store, and I stumbled upon a USB disk, which happen to be affordable. I didn't know if this 4GB SanDisk Cruzer was going to be any good, but as it was the only affordable one with 4GB, I decided to buy it.
I bought this flash drive back in around 2006 or 2007; I then got the 16GB one a few years later. Both flash drives still work like brand new, and I'm currently using the 4GB one as a ready boost drive. I removed the U3 program from the 4GB drive, and kept it on the 16GB one, since I only have any documents stored on the 16GB drive.
I like a number of things about the U3 system, one is the default encryption, and another is the ability to run portable programs from the U3 Launchpad, simply by creating a U3 app shortcut. My favourite feature is that once you no longer need the U3 package, you can simply remove it. Now you've removed the Windows limitation of the flash drive, since U3 Launchpad only works on Windows.
=== Moving forward in Technology ===
Technology has come a long way with flash drives, and the great improvements have brought about better technology at lower prices. Ten years ago, I purchased two 32MB flash drives from dabs for £50. For the time, 32MB seemed a giant leap from the 1.44MB floppies, and indeed it was quite a leap at 30x capacity. At the current price of £25, there's been a 2000x increase in capacity in the last ten years. Now that's really quite impressive.
Looking at the 4GB flash drive from today's point of view, as supposed to the 2007 view, it's beginning to appear more and more ancient. USB 2 is becoming a thing of the past, as USB 3 picks up pace in the affordable marketplace, and there are already many high capacity drives out there. I doubt there'll be much use for only 4GB in the next few years.
If I was writing this review in 2007, I'd recommend you buy this flash drive. It's an excellent flash drive, the value for money is great, the speed is good, but the capacity isn't so high for current standards, and U3 doesn't appear to have much of a future.
=== To sum up ===
It's an excellent flash drive, decent speed, good encryption and great value for money. An excellent choice of a flash drive, but not something I'd recommend due to its out-dated system and low capacity.
I give this a five star rating for the time of purchase, but its current rating is lower. The two stars reduction is because of disadvantages.
A USB flash drive is something which is used so that you can save specific things onto it then plug it into another computer or laptop to retrieve your documents. To make sure you get the right one I think that it is important you look at all the different sizes which are available. If you only have a few documents then this one may be to big but if you have a big amount then you will need the additional space.
This USB flash drive from Sandisk can be purchased from £14.99 to £15.99. The space you get on the flash drive makes it very good value for money. I have seen ones for a few quid with the same capacity but they are very poorly manufactured and I would not recommend purchasing one. For the price it is you will get a very stylish product with a good capacity which is in my opinion a leading one on the market today.
The USB is very stylish and handy in the way it has been designed, you get a sliding design which will go over the actual usb. This will make sure that the whole product will stay useful and not get damaged. This is something which is a very good extra because far to many flash drives break because they do not provide protection. Once installed the process to use the flash drive is you open up the flash drive folder and just simple drag and drop your chosen files on the USB file. This is a very simple process and is very easy for anyone to use. This is also something which you can just simply put into your pocket and you can be rest assured that the product will not break.
The product doesn't need installing and when it gets inserted the computer or laptop will recognise it straight away. This as a user saved me a considerable amount of time because it meant I could get on with doing what I needed to do instead of taking time out installing the actual USB. When looking to insert this into University or College computers I found that you may have to open up the C drive to find it. The reason for this is because the computers they have don't allow the USB to pop up straight away for whatever reason.
Overall as a flash drive I think that you will be purchasing a really good product which will be extremely useful to you. Instead of paying £3 for one which will be useless you might aswell spend more on a well structured product which will last you as long as you need it. This one so far has lasted me quite a long time and I do not see any reason why I would need to purchase another one anytime soon. It is a product which I use very often and this one has really done everything that I need it to. In my opinion this one is a must have based on value and quality.
I have far too many flash drives, as I tend to lose them and then find them again just as I've bought a new one! I've had this particular one for about a year now and have been very happy with it.
The best thing about this flash drive is the mechanism for protecting the actual USB connection. There is a little sliding button on the side of the flash drive and you can slide it out when you need to use the drive and slide it back in for carrying it around so that it doesn't get damaged by being jostled about in a bag, pocket or drawer. This mechanism does wear out a bit after a lot of use, when I first bought the flash drive the sliding button was very 'firm' but now it has weakened a bit so it slides much more easily and its easier for the USB connector to slip out of the case by accident. My tip is, its easy to get in the habit of messing about with the sliding button but this will just weaken it faster!
The flash drive doesn't require any special software and is ready to use straight out of the pack. It is compatible with both Mac and PC operating systems and can go between the two easily. I've found that data transfer time isn't quite as fast as with some other flash drives I've used but its certainly not slow, even with video files and large amounts of data. 4gb of storage is more than enough for most purposes, assuming this flash drive is not your main backup disk! It holds more text documents than I can count, hundreds of photos or music files and even a decent amount of video depending on format and I've never had a file corrupt while using this drive.
This flash drive isn't anything special to look at compared to some of the flashier (excuse the pun) ones out there, but its functional and practical. You can't tell from the Dooyoo image but there is a small loop attached to one corner that can be used for attaching to a keyring or wrist strap.
This is one very handy flash drive. It has a retractable USB end, which is very handy as there is no cap to loose. Because the USB retracts there is more strength in it, so if you accidently put it in the back of a laptop and tipped the laptop up it would be less likely to break.
The size is also very good, most people will not fill it up, I only use it to put odd documents on. Is is very fast to transfer documents as well. You also can trust in the name, Sandisk has always been a very good make, and this memory stick is no exception. Mine also comes with a little keyring on it, so although it is very small, if you put it on a keyring it will be hard to loose.
But this drives real fortay is the U3 software on the drive, it allows you to run programs off the drive, without having to install them on the computer, you can run games, skype (pre installed) and other software. The price is also very good compared with the rest. The drives also lights up with use. One last thing about the U3 software is you can safely remove the drive by clicking in the menu that comes up, as just pulling out a memory stick could result in data loss. So its very good all round.
When out photographing weddings in particular it is imperative that i make copy upon copy upon copy of images in order to keep them safe and secure. I chose the Sandisk Cruzer Micro 4 GB for several reasons:-
- Compact design
- Good amount of storage
- Good well known make
--- Compact Design ---
The device itself is slimline being about 2-3 inches when not extended. The main USB connection is retracted by pressing and moving the white slider back. It is very slim being around 1-2cm thick making it perfect for your pocket though be careful as this size device is very easy to loose because of this.
It is also easy to see when the device is in use due to the ambient orange centre light.
--- Features ---
For windows users the device includes Skype and Anti-virus software which is handy on-the-go.
Very fast loading time, near instant.
--- Storage ---
A whopping 4gb should be enough for anyone for on-the-go documents and files, storing a hefty amount of photographs at any one time.
--- Make ---
Sandisk are a very well established company producing memory products for many years and this is why i lay my trust with them.
-- Reliability ---
No problems at all after many months of use. Perfect for home to office movement of documents or students needing to store work to take home with them.
--- Price ---
Around £6 for safe documents and piece of mind. Absolute bargain!
--- Summary ---
Think quality, reliable memory products, think Sandisk.
A very nice product. The usb plug retracts so that it doesn't need an end cap - mine has a small key ring attachment so that you can carry it with your car keys.Loads very quickly and automatically starts up with software to sync files - also comes with its own security software so that the disc can be password protected.When you start to copy files onto it you then realise just how much 4 gig really is - mine now has some work files, and my photo album, currently 800+ pictures and the little thing is still only half full.Oh, and mine was less than £8 from Amazon