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Verbatim Store 'n' Go Professional 90x 1 GB

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      12.12.2011 21:27
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      Unexciting but reliable

      This particular USB stick is one of the oldest I use on a regular basis, and even after several years of fairly regular use it's still going strong. It has to be said that "Verbatim Hi-Speed Store 'n' Go Professional" is a fairly ridiculous name to plaster all over a straightforward USB stick, so from here on in I intend to refer to it by a rather shorter name. I did briefly consider calling it Doris, but I decided that might cause some confusion. Because I already have one called Doris, you see. Anyway, the Store'n'Go Professional was once a prince among USB sticks, but nowadays history has passed it by and it's more like a rather moth-eaten marquess.

      A 1 GB stick boasts just about big enough a capacity still to be genuinely useful. For a start, you can fit the entire contents of a data CD on it, so you can use it to store something like a Linux LiveCD .iso image, along with some bits and pieces such as documentation, and still have a bit of room to spare. It's also quite useful for photo storage, though in this case the space is *not* necessarily enough for a whole card. That said, my own Store'n'Go stick is filled with the most indescribable assortment of junk; looking at it now I can see several documents I doubt I've opened since about 2009. One of these days I'll do some proper electronic housekeeping... but then I've been saying that for a quarter of a century now!

      This is a traditionally-shaped stick: it's quite square-edged, albeit with a (really slightly odd) finish that you'd swear was rubberised until you pressed a fingernail into it and discovered it was plastic after all. Mine is a cheerful bright red, which is always a good thing when you're as prone to losing little gadgets as I am, and next to the inevitable Verbatim logo there's a teeny tiny blue light which, er, lights up when data is being transferred. It's considerably more discreet than the blazing lights on a lot of sticks, but in truth I doubt very many people really care about that. After all, if you have a USB stick plugged into a PC, it's a bit hard to hide the fact that you might be transferring data!

      Like almost every memory stick since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, this is a USB 2.0 device, which means that in any remotely modern operating system data is transferred at a reasonable lick in either direction. (It was advertised as "90x", but that's more or less meaningless ad-speak.) I've never had any problems with files getting corrupted, and in fact the Store'n'Go has been notably easy to use with the variety of OSes I've tried over the last few years: some sticks take quite some while to be recognised, especially in Linux, but this one appears ready to use within a few seconds, each and every time. That saves a great deal of annoyance and irritation, and is a major reason why I still use it even though I have plenty of newer sticks available.

      When this stick was new, it came with some security and synchronisation software. Looking it up, I find it was called "V-Safe", and was a slightly more primitive version of the "U3" software that infests so many newer sticks, especially those from SanDisk. Since this software is very rarely any use in Linux, for me it just gets in the way and takes up space that could be used better in other ways, and so I tend to reformat the drive as soon as I can. That leaves me with around 970 MB of actual usable space, and that's a better deal for me. I can't say I miss "V-Safe" one jot, and in any case it would probably be too outdated to be much real protection any more.

      There's only really one significant problem with the Store'n'Go stick, and that's that, because it has an old-fashioned separate cap rather than a slide or swivel mechanism for the connector, it's very easy to lose the blasted thing. I mislaid the cap of mine months and months ago, and have no idea where it is. Thankfully USB sticks are on the whole very robust little things, and although I don't subject the Verbatim to the very roughest conditions I don't treat it with kid gloves either, and there's been no problem. I should think most people will want a larger capacity stick these days, but if you happen to find one of these lying around it should still do a fair job.


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