Product Type: Sandisk Flash Drive
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SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB 2 Flash Drive 4GB
Sandisk Cruzer Micro U3 4 GB
Member Name: TheGoodSurveyer
Sandisk Cruzer Micro U3 4 GB
Date: 18/07/12, updated on 18/07/12 (114 review reads)
Advantages: High quality, good speed, encryption and reliability.
Disadvantages: U3 features limited to Windows, out-dated system and low capacity.
=== 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.
Summary: Good flash drive, but low on capacity, and out-dated system and capabilities.
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