When I first bought my two SanDisk Cruzer (32 GB) USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ36-032G-A11) locally for $89.99 each I was a bit on the angry side. I needed small, portable drives which had a decent storage size, but didn’t wait a month for the prices to come down. (One for drivers and anti-virus programs for the ten computers on my home network, and the other for programs like media players, codec and anti-virus software.) I should have waited, but I thought I needed them right then and there. I’ve gotten a little wiser since then.
Recommend this product?
At first, I thought they were great. They did hold just about everything I needed, and they made swapping files a cinch. I set great store by how portable they were, not to mention carrying one with me everywhere with important files and documents.
Later (within six months), I just wasn't as happy with them. Some of the reasons for this are:
1. The plastic covers aren't very durable, and can pop open with a short drop (less than two feet).
2. The USB plugs become worn and loose with frequent use. One generally buys flash drives to be used anywhere at any time which includes frequently plugging and unplugging them.
3. Systems with Windows Vista often say that they were shut down incorrectly and need to be scanned.
4. It doesn't take much of an impact to cause the USB plug to pull off the circut board. Once the leads are pulled away from the board, it will take a professional data extraction service to get data off the chip.
I did lose one to the retractable USB plug breaking off. In retrospect it was entirely my fault for carrying around a laptop with it still plugged in. I now keep my Cruzer flash drives better protected. Why? Because out of all of my various flash drives the Cruzer’s have lasted the longest. It’s been several years since I bought them. I honestly can’t say that I’m not angry about my purchase anymore. I’ve wound up spending far more on other brands. Looked at in that perspective I’m actually better off having paid more for my initial purchase. I can trust my SanDisk Cruzer 32GB flash drive – as long as I’m not banging it into corners by accident or dropping it on hard surfaces.
The read/write speed of this flash drive is comparable to newer USB 2.0 drives. You’d think that being somewhere in the neighborhood of four-plus years old that it would have slowed down by now. The speed is more determined by the computer it’s plugged into in my opinion. A 2GB movie file on a dual-core 1.8GHZ takes about five minutes. That same file on a quad-core 3GHz system takes a minute ans a half or less.
With prices for flash drives coming down so much since the 128GB and larger models have come out you almost can’t afford not to have one of these. They’re dependable, and with a little preventive care they last. I now have several different SanDisk Cruzer flash drives now in various sizes. Some I keep in my safe with really important files, and others I carry in my laptop bag.
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