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Verbatim USB Drives: Storage on the Go
Apr 17, 2011 (Updated Apr 25, 2011)
by Kenny M
a Very Helpful Review
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Pros:very convenient, small physical size but large storage size
Cons:easy to lose or leave behind
The Bottom Line: Very convenient way to take files with you and to download files on the go. The 5-year warranty helps with piece of mind.
In the infancy of computers, people needed a way to transport files to and from their computers. We had floppy discs that held very little data, then we had Zip or Jaz discs, then we progressed to CDs and DVDs. Nowadays, technology has progressed to a point that we can actually download, transfer and share our data between computers and users via a USB drive also known as a "thumb drive." These micro drives vary in size, color and shape (some characters for kids are available) yet mine measures 2-1/2" long x ¾" wide x 3/8" thick.
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Using a USB drive couldn't be easier. I call them a "Data Miner's Delight." You simply plug it into any USB port on a laptop or desktop and the computer recognizes it as a hard drive. Since there are no moving parts, it should last a good long time. That is, of course, you don't download a virus or corrupt the drive. In which case reformatting it will usually solve the issue. Another reason to back up the files of the USB drive just in case.
This model's design has a button that exposes or retracts the USB port. There are no parts to lose. However, I got used to my older 2 gig drive that had a cap over the port. That cap would remind me to remove the drive from the computer so it acted like a fail-safe against me leaving the thumb drive behind if I was in a rush. With this Verbatim drive, I wear it on a lanyard with a quick-disconnect clip since the drive has an integrated hook for transporting it around. I would advise NOT attaching it to a key ring for fear of damage.
I find these USB drives to be fairly fast, but with the newer USB 3.0 technology, I'm sure these USB drives will be bumped up to that speed in no time. Yes, my USB drive runs on USB 2.0 and is backward compatible with 1.1 technology.
Recently, I have been researching a project that requires many images and files to be created. At the time of this report, those files total out at about 300 megabytes. When backing up to my SSD drive, it takes all of about EIGHT seconds to transfer. When transferring to or from this 8gigabyte USB drive, it takes about three to four minutes and when backing up to my older "My Book," it takes about five to six minutes for the same 300MB of data to transfer.
The packaging tells me (in four languages) that this USB drive is compatible with Windows 7, XP, Vista and 2000, Linux kernel 2.4.0 and higher as well as Mac 9.x and 10.x operating systems.
I find these micro-sized drives to be invaluable in my day-to-day life. No matter your situation, I'd advise you to use a USB drive as a backup BUT have another back up to that back up - especially if your files are important. I usually use my home computer's drive and my external hard drive for storage and backups. This USB drive affords me the luxury of being able to download files from a library's computer (because they don't allow anything to be saved on their hard drives in a public setting) or simply share information between my writing partner or any other PC.
One thing I did (as a precaution) was to create a label with my name and cell number on it - just in case I happen to leave the drive behind. Also, it should be mentioned that, like a hard drive, when you buy one of these 8 gig drives, you don't get the full 8 gigabytes of storage space. For example, I have 7.48 gigabytes total in which to utilize.
Verbatim (and other companies) make these compact USB drives in a myriad of configurations, including 2 gigs, 4 gigs, 16 gigs and even higher. I bought my 8 gig drive on eBay for about $15 including shipping and it comes with a five year warranty. The prices on USB drives have been coming down steadily over the years. Good to know that some technology actually comes down consistently while everything else in life seems to be soaring upward.
Having a USB drive make life on the go that much easier.
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