Hewlett Packard v125w (8 GB) USB 2.0 Flash Drive (FQ441AA)

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Failure for Hewlett-Packard Quality Control

Sep 18, 2011 (Updated Sep 18, 2011)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Worked fine for quite a while; got a great price at Staples.

Cons:Failed after one slight trauma.

The Bottom Line: One failure does not totally condemn the manufacturer, but in my book HP thumb drives are now a somewhat higher risk for failure, so I won't buy another one soon.


This is a basic black plastic thumb drive with a clear plastic cap. The cap fits securely. At the other end is a small hole (approximately 1/16 inch) so it can be put on a string or a wire keyring. It supports the standard USB 2.0 interface.

I am not a heavy thumb drive user. I had the drive over a year, used it occasionally, and had no problems with it. Since I have many USB devices, I usually plugged it into a USB hub, which is a device that gives you multiple USB ports while taking up only one USB port on the computer. I also plugged it directly into the USB ports on at least three different laptops. In every configuration the host computer had no trouble accessing the drive. Its transfer speed is about the same as other thumb drives I have around the house. Then I dropped the thumb drive about three feet onto a wood floor, and since then it has been totally useless. Two different computers that can handle several different thumb drives are now unable to recognize the thumb drive when it's plugged in. I've tried plugging it in with the computers running and booting the computers with the drive already inserted.
I'm sure most customers will get by just fine using this thumb drive, but I consider total failure from a three-foot fall to be excessively fragile and a QA failure, so I had a one-star experience.


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