Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login

Posted: 4/16/2006 6:16:03 AM EST
I'm looking for one on Newegg.com and have no clue which one is the best. I like the 'look' of this one ($119) and I don't mind the size:



Link to page

Also, is more expensive better when it comes to Flash Drives? They have them in 3 different price ranges: 75-100, 100-200 and 200-300.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:15:35 AM EST
BTT.

Also, just curious what most of you use USB flash drives for.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:31:08 AM EST
I use Flash drives to transport documents from work to various offsite facilities and home. Much more convenient that burning a CD/DVD. No need for anything as big as 4 gig, but if it makes you happy...
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:37:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By bigdb1:
I use Flash drives to transport documents from work to various offsite facilities and home. Much more convenient that burning a CD/DVD. No need for anything as big as 4 gig, but if it makes you happy...



Yup. Same here.

Very handy, fast, and works good.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:41:05 AM EST
since the death of floppy discs i use it more for that purpose than anything else. i have a 128mb one, so it's not exactally a dump truck, but i can carry every document that is important. i usually use it to transport documents and briefing slides back and forth from home to campus for presentation and/or printing.

it's also a good backup for those documents and has saved my ass in the past when my comp took a dump. just put all the old docs in a folder on the drive and forget about them until they are needed
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:46:02 AM EST
In my case, I use them to transfer files quickly between my work PC and my home Mac (which I still use at the office). Great little tools.

I carry one around my neck all the time at work, attached to my ID.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:47:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/16/2006 9:48:12 AM EST by Colt_SBR]
I've got a Lexar 512MB Jump Drive. It's plenty big enough for me.

It's great for transferring data, images and movies from one computer to another.


______________________________________



Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:52:07 AM EST
I have a 1GB Lexar JumpDrive Sport. I like the enclosure a lot better than most others... I've broken the keychain loop off of a few others, but not this one. Only once have I run out of 1GB, but that's because I happened to have 280MB of Windows XP service pack 2, and 180MB of printer drivers on there also.

Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:56:44 AM EST
I got a 512 one for $10 never used it, sold it to someone for $15
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:57:02 AM EST
I have a 2GB that moves porn clips just fine. Let's not kid ourselves here, porn drives the technology more than anything else. Well, maybe music piracy too.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:58:00 AM EST


are these things getting more stable ? It seemed like they weren't so good in the long term when they first came out.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:59:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/16/2006 10:00:05 AM EST by MagKnightX]
Corsair is a GREAT brand, at least for RAM. I doubt you can really go wrong with that one.


Originally Posted By five2one:

are these things getting more stable ? It seemed like they weren't so good in the long term when they first came out.



I've accidentally run a couple of mine through the wash. They survived and kept all their data, even.

They were Memorex if you need something tough, C-4.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 9:59:07 AM EST
Something worth researching is finding out if it uses the generic USB Mass Storage interface. This will work on virtually any OS without drivers, Windows (post-98 I think), Linux, Mac, etc. Some of these drives require you to cart around drivers which is lame.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 10:07:03 AM EST
I have a 1 gig SanDisk drive I use for school. I keep most of my class assignments on it, but I also keep some music and pictures on it.

Whatever you keep on it, make sure you have the data copied somewhere else in case the drive breaks or get lost. I know it's really common sense but I learned the hard way.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 10:11:22 AM EST
If you don't mind the size, and you're willing to spend $119, then you should consider getting these two as an alternative, if you want more storage space:

1. 2.5 Hard Drive Enclosure ($50)

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817155602

2. Western Digital Scorpio WD600UE 60GB 5400 RPM 2MB Cache ($75)

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144375

Total Price before shipping: $125

So... for $5 more dollars, you get 15 times the storage. Its up to you, just an FYI if you're looking for larger storage space. Also, they're very easy to put together, and you can also get an 80GB drive as well. Easy to swap from one PC to another.

M4F
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 10:18:03 AM EST
No real difference, AFAIK. I have one of the earliest ones, a 32meg EasyDisk, bought around 3 years ago, I think. It's still working fine. Probably the reason for the different prices is brand names and software included. Some of them seem to come with security or compression programs. I ignore them - the plain old USB disk works on almost any version of Windows, Mac, or Linux. Not so if you start installing funny drivers.

I use them for general data transportation. I gave up floppy disks years ago. Not many computers still have the drives, plus, they're tiny (in data storage, still large in physical size), slow, and unreliable. USB drives are pocket-sized, store as much data as you need, and are fast and reliable.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 12:40:12 PM EST
Guys, thank you for all the information. I am going to digest it now.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 2:16:34 PM EST
those usb drives are a pain in the butt. DO NOT use them as a primary backup because I guarantee it iwll fail on you.


I see those more and more every day. where they stick the drive in multiple comptuers and their data is gone. I don't suggest getting the more expensive higher capicity drives. they are harder to get replaced under warranty.

get several of the smaller drives. you will thank me later

again do not use these as a only backup source
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 2:20:29 PM EST
I work with about 10 different computers. thumb drives are a life saver when transporting files between them.

I also recently got a 8Gig travel drive... it to is a 'tool' that has already paid for itself.

both are a lot quicker and handier than trying to burn a cd all the time.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 2:27:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/16/2006 2:27:39 PM EST by Lockedon]
Corsair is an Excellent brand. My current ram is some of their platinum series and it overclocks like nothing i've seen before. If they make all their stuff with the same quality like their ram, then you have nothing to worry about.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 2:29:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By cruze5:
those usb drives are a pain in the butt. DO NOT use them as a primary backup because I guarantee it iwll fail on you.


I see those more and more every day. where they stick the drive in multiple comptuers and their data is gone. I don't suggest getting the more expensive higher capicity drives. they are harder to get replaced under warranty.

get several of the smaller drives. you will thank me later

again do not use these as a only backup source



Hmm. I wouldn't use them as a backup source either but they shouldn't fail that often. Do you use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' function before taking it out?
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 3:04:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/16/2006 3:05:24 PM EST by TC6969]
Top Top