I have bought quite a long of memory sticks and usually go for the 8 GB versions to keep my files safe on a few different sticks. I was appalled to see one of mine broke made by Apacer (so I wouldn't recommend them)! You should always back up your files as you never know if or when your computer will pack up. Computers aren't 100% reliable and neither are other storage devices, but the more precautions you take the better!
I bought a replacement 8 GB memory stick from Trekstor after reading some good reviews. It has worked perfectly so far and is a pretty speedy stick for reading and writing files onto and off the stick.
The stick has quite a cool design and is very small so you can discretely carry it around. It's small and black and has a very square shape to it, which actually looks quite unique! The Trekstor logo is on the front in white with a radiating mist (white) coming from the logo, so it looks quite good. There is a blue light to the right of the logo, which flashes once you plug it in and start reading and writing files. If this light dies, the memory stick has probably died!
The memory stick came with a little elastic strap and a keyring attachment, which is silver. It's quite handy and of an ideal size. You just insert the elastic bit into the corner of the memory stick and seed it through to tie a knot. Then you can just slide it onto a keyring using the litte ring provided. Be careful as it doesn't look too strong.
The stick plugs into your standard USB 2 port in your computer or even keyboard. It'll then appear under My Computer on a PC as a USB drive, or on the desktop similarly on a Mac. On my MacBook Pro, the reading speed was at around 30 MB/s when I was unloading stuff from the stick. The writing speed onto the stick was slower at around a third of this speed, but it was still quite efficient. I'd say this is very speedy compared to past sticks I have had so it was very efficient for lots of files! The capacity is also good, although the actual free space that came with my stick was nearer to 7.5 GB compared to the 8 GB it is supposed to have. This usually happens with hard drives and memory sticks so I wasn't too surprised! It's a good memory stick and for under £30 online, worth a buy as it seems to be reliable!
Thanks for reading!