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This 4GB memory stick was the first USB flash drive I ever bought. It was on sale in WH Smiths for £8 at the time. Back then not much more than a 16GB was available but a handy 4GB storage device more robust than a CD was very much what I needed.
Since that time I've bought other USB sticks as you do need more and at larger capacities.
The Titanium Cruzer is extremely pocket friendly and feels solid enough to withstand dropping or carrying around for everyday usage without worrying about wear and tear. The feel and appearance of the stick is very slick. Stainless steel shell with a slider which allows you to reveal the USB port connector. This particular feature will wear a little bit over time though. Once you slide the connector out it should click into place until you release it again. However mine doesn't always stay in place as it should and so is pushed in again when trying to physically connect to the port.
When you connect to your computer a orange led light should come on which illuminates the slightly translucent plastic of the slider. This is a nice feature. It's fairly common place these days on Sandisk or Transcend USB sticks. The light also flashes continuously as long as your computer in switched on. It has a key ring hoop on the tip (back end) of the stick so as to attach it to a set of keys or something I imagine. It is small enough to be lost so this is a useful tool.
This USB stick comes with password protection encryption software available for use on the stick in case you have any sensitive material you want to safe guard. You can have so as accessing folders on the stock will prompt who ever is using it for a password. This is something I'm not particularly bothered about and haven't explored to the fullest.
Try not to knock it if it is plugged into the front of your computer tower as this will bend the connector and reduce the lifespan. I still find this Sandisk Cruzer Titanium to be highly useful to carry around in my pocket for when I need to store computer files, photos and information. I recommend it.
**Please note this is a review for the 1GB version, which is exactly the same as the 1GB except that it holds fewer files. Dooyoo directed me here to post the review. **
When I started at my current place of work just over 4 years ago I was given a memory stick by one of the guys in the IT department to transfer files from place to place. I do spend a fair amount of time off-site and often have to carry presentations and files around with me and so this has proved invaluable.
In a few short years memory sticks have come a long way. I remember when I was writing my thesis at university back in 2005 I asked my parents to buy me a memory stick to help me transfer files from University and home without having to carry around my brick of a laptop. At that time Sony had launched one of the few memory sticks on the market. The highest capacity was around 500Mb and this didn't come cheap - mine, if I remember correctly was a whopping £50! This particular memory stick can now be picked up for as little as £2 and even in its heyday only cost around £15. It's amazing how quickly prices have fallen.
The SanDisk Cruzer Titanium has a metallic silver coloured body. On the front, in the middle, there is a small window, which contains a plastic slider, which pushes the USB connector in and out of the body. This is great as it means that the USB connector is protected when not in use and there is no fiddly lid that I would no doubt lose. However the fact that there is no lid does mean that dust and small particles can still enter the USB connector. Handily it also has an area where a neck strap can be attached and the drive comes with one already. I don't often wear this around my neck but it does make it easier to find amongst the things in my bag.
To use I simply push the slider forwards which releases the USB connector, which can then be placed into the USB port at the front or back of your computer. There is no fiddly software to install as the memory stick is plug and play. I've never really had a problem with any computer with an operating system newer than Windows 98 recognising this key. There is a light behind the plastic slider, which glows blue and flashes when the memory stick is plugged in and in use. I think this is a lovely touch and even after four years of use it still makes me go "ooooh!".
Loading up the flash drive is quick and easy. Once it is recognised a box prompting you to view the folders on the drive flashes up. Alternatively this drive can be accessed through My Computer where it shows up as 'Removable Disk". Accessing files is seamless - there is no noticeable time delay between clicking a file and opening it on the disk. Files can be copied across easily by sliding from one window to another or simply by saving directly to the drive.
1GB is a lot of space and I probably have around 1000 files on here consisting of a mixture of word, excel, powerpoint and pdf files. It is possible to create folders on the drive to organise your files so that they are easy to find. The memory stick also has SecurDataStor software installed on it so that files can be encrypted and it is also possible to password protect folders. Although technically we are supposed to use this for all files at work this is not something that the majority of us bother with as I certainly am not important enough to carry around highly sensitive files! I have used this drive practically everyday for the last 4.5 years.
Unfortunately and probably unsurprisingly after such heavy use the slider on the front of the drive has become loose and doesn't hold the USB connector out properly. If the USB port is on the front of the computer and the drive has to be inserted longways then I really struggle to get the connector into the port as it keeps sliding back into the body. It's not so problematic if the drive is plugged in horizontally. However, this problem means that I will be looking to replace this flash drive soon and probably for one with a much bigger capacity but for 4.5 years of loyal service I think it's done brilliantly! Recommended!
SanDisk Cruzer Titanium - USB flash drive - 4 GB
I bought this because i took loads of pictures with my digital camera and didnt have anywhere to put them..i needed a lot of space and with 4gb this does the trick..you can save videos pictures even your work..all you do is plug it in and the folder will come up and you have to drag your items in it.
Product Type: USB flash drive
Storage Capacity: 4 GB
OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000
Size : 5.8 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm - which is really small..can fit in your pocket or bag
This is selling for around £25 in shops..im sure you can get it cheaper on the internet
this is a nice little device..although i did find that it took a while to load up once your pictures/work is in it..that can be annoying