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I purchased my Sony 4GB USB about a year ago for around 6-7 pounds (it is still available now around £5-10). I used it quite frequently to store photos, videos and word documents, until one day I realised I could use it to transport my xbox live profile. With this little delight, I've managed to view photo & song albums and videos of decent quality thanks to a more than enough storage capacity of 4GB. Its about 6.5CM long and 1.5CM wide with a sharp little safety slider to release and retract the USB plug in. Like most external USB devices, this one has a flashing green light (safety slider) to signal when it is in use etc. It looks professional in a slick, smooth black and frosted black with silver/grey writing displaying the company logo, size and product name, along with darkened info, made in Taiwan ect. I haven't had any problems with it at all and often take it with me to work and friends houses thanks to it being compact and offering a small slot to tie it to keys or other important items.
The transferring of files takes little time and no sound is made from the stick at all. Its made from standard plastic but manages to stay functional after being dropped numerous times and jangling around in a rucksack. Errors will only occur from user faults like removing the device before stopping or ejecting it, something that most usb devices require to remain in operational.
Say Sony, think quality, thats what I thought when I parted with £49.99 of my own - yes my own hard earned cash for the Micro Vault 4GB flashdrive. The amount of files I'm now moving and carrying around with me had got to the stage where I needed something reliable with a huge storage capacity so that I knew if I needed to store a massive powerpoint presentation to take on the road with me - I could with confidence. I ended up buying the Micro Vault from Amazon as it came in at about the same price as other different models but had a full 2 GB more storage and this got my juices flowing so to speak. 2 GB more - for the same price - bargain!
The flashdrive is nothing to write home about - it's very functional - and looks pretty much the same as very flashdrive I've ever seen - port at one end and thats it. The Micro Vault does though have a lock on it so you can't save to it by accident when it is in the locked position - a nice gimmick - but how many times have you saved a file by accident ? If you are like me - it never happens - I'm not that careless - nothing but a gimmick in my opinion - a pointless gimmick at that.
The Micro Vault works in the same way as all other flashdrives - it plugs into the computer USB port and its ready to go - that pretty much sums up the instruction manual! It is very slim so it is possible to have 2 seperate pieces of detachable hardware plugged up to USB ports that are located above and below each other. It isnt so chunky you can only use this one.
I had been using the Micro Vault for 2 months when it decided that it would wipe all my files - yep - thats right - I saved a presentation - doubled checked that it was there before leaving the office and went home for the night. The following day I arrived at a client meeting - plugged it into the laptop that had been prepared for me and nothing - every file had gone - huge - huge embarassment and one hell of a bollocking when I got back to work - after all - how do you try and blame an inanimate object?!?
It worked well for a few months but then went haywire and has now been replaced with another model - not Sony and certainly not another Micro Vault - stay well clear!