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Now as a student Iam allways transporting important documents such as essays and coursework components from my home computer to the laptops and computers at school. I have been let down a few times before with data corruption when I have to store data on my MP3 player so I decided to take the plunge and spend some money to get this Verbatim USB drive and so far I have not been disapointed
The 4GB of space is enough for me to hold documents and video and audio files I require for media studies and the fact its size is so small as well it can be thrown in to your pocket or placed around a keychain or lanyard for great portability. It is quite durable as well as it has taken several knocks and drops on the floor and has survived being crushed by my books and folders in my school bag.
A nice little addition to this USB stick is the small blue LED which will flash when it has been plugged in. showing you that a connection has been established bewitween itself and the computer. And also the blue LED will flash when a document is being saved on to it to stop you from pulling out the USB stick to early and risk effecting the data that is allready stored on it.
I have used this on Windows Vista and XP and I have not had any probelms failing to retrieve files I have no compatibility issues to speak of
I have seen this priced at around £8 on ebay which in my opinion is a fair price as what you are getting is reliable and durable USB stick and does it job smoothly and competently.
I bought one of these verbatim USB sticks around 3 years ago when I was working at Ryman. I remember it costing me about £30 for 4gb at the time, and whilst you can still buy these they cost less than £10 now.
I bought 4gb as I was at university studying photography and criminology, so I needed something that would be able to store my essays and project work enabling me to transfer information between my home laptop and the university computers, without having to drag my laptop around with me or my external hard drive (both of which are very heavy when you're lumping them around on a train for 70miles). This USB satisfied the requirements of having both a decent memory (I've only managed to fill it up once and that was when I was putting a huge number of photos on it) and being pocketable therefore not presenting me with any weight issues.
Near the back of the USB is a small light which flashes blue when you plug it into a device and it is communicating with it - I find this very handy as it quickly and efficiently shows you that it's making a connection. On the USB is also a place for you to clip a key chain or similar.
The size of USB sticks can be both a positive and negative things - being small they are handy to transfer information over long distances such as sending them in the post (where heavier things cost more) or taking them on a plane (where there are weight limits), however they are also easy to lose.
My version of this USB is red and had a lid (there is also one that has a little slide function on it so the end of the USB retracts into the casing) - being my usual self I managed to lose the lid within a couple of weeks of owning it, but I haven't had any problems with dirt getting into the end and preventing the contacts from working, despite the fact that the USB can often be found lurking at the bottom of my handbag.
Another thing I did to this USB was to knock it, whilst it was plugged into the front of the computer, and bent it. I was expecting to have broken it but it still worked fine and I bent it back again. This was over two years ago and it's not suffered any problems related to this.
Most recently I decided to put some photos on the USB and take it to work to get them printed (I work in a camera shop). After ordering my prints I put the USB in my pocket and pretty much forgot about it, then when I got home I put my trousers in the wash... It was only when I put my trousers on again that the USB fell onto the floor and I was sure I must have finally killed it this time. No! It's still working fine - all the photos are still on there are it looks none the worse for wear. What a fantastically durable USB!
Now I wouldn't using any USB as your sole storage device for important information, but it does make a fantastic back up and is great for transferring information between a variety of devices.
This USB has worked fine on my XP, Vista and Windows 7 computers. It doesn't work on my dad's Windows 95 laptop and I haven't had the oppourtunity to test it on a 98.
Personally I think 4gb is more than adequate for most people's purposes - it can still hold a large number of photos (except for when you get into the realm of RAW files and very large TIFF's, but your standard images will be fine) and an even greater number of text files. For less than £10 this is an absolute bargain and will last you years.
Firstly let me apologise because this review is certainly not going to be technical as I am anything but that!
A friend of mine had offered to put me some episodes of a show on to a USB stick for me to watch but I didn't have a USB to begin with so when I was out shopping I popped into an office supply shop and spotted the Verbatim store n go USB drives. There were two different kinds available, the 2gb one which was £7.99 and the 4gb one which was £9.99 and so I opted for the larger storage as it wasn't much more money.
The USB came in a small cardboard backed package with clear plastic on the front which encased the product. It was a simply designed packaging with the brand name across the top but I think this is find for this kind of product as we don't need lot's of fancy packaging.
The actual USB that I have is blue and around six centimetres long. The USB has the Verbatim name and logo on it but apart from that it is just blue. It also has a white little button which you push in and slide and then this exposes the part that you put into your computer. I think this is great as there is no lid to lose! My ex is an ex ICT manager in a school and he used to have so many of these things floating around with no lids on! I am not sure if they would be easily damaged without the lid being on, but I like the fact that I don't need to worry about that. There is also an arrow shaped point on the top of the USB which has a hole in, which I presume means that you could attach it to a key ring or something for safe keeping.
When I used the USB for the first time a little screen popped up on the bottom of my computer just to tell me that it was installing the driver software. This took just a few seconds really. When this was done the auto play function comes on to my screen and I can click on the button which says "open folder to view files" option and this shows me what is on my USB. Now when I did this the files were already on my computer and there were nine episodes of the show my friend had put on there and I believe the USB is now almost at capacity. However, out of interest I tried to add some photos to it too and this is very simple and I just copied the photos in the album I wanted to and then pasted them to the USB and this worked instantly so I think it will be quite an easy process when I need to save any work etc.
The USB is compatible with both windows 7 and Mac but apparently it has a password security feature which is only compatible with windows.
I really like the fact that I will be able to back up lots of my photographs that I have on my computer on this little device as I do not have them backed up anywhere else, and whilst I have printed copies I do like to keep them on my computer too. This device gives me another option to back them up and it is quite a cheap option too in my opinion.
I would certainly recommend this USB drive and I apologise that my review is not technical at all, but it works for me and I feel it is a very good price and so I would award it five out of five stars as I have had no issues at all with it!