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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
I owned the original version of the USB drive, and I have to say, its one of the toughest things I've ever owned. I got it after the previous 2 thumb drives of mine were destroyed by careless co-workers (One crushed underfoot, one rolled over and broken when they flipped the laptop it was hooked into over). I went online, saw what was claimed to be an indestructible USB drive, and thought that I'd make Corsair eat their words. In the end, I ate mine.

This thumb drive lasted 12 months of duty in Iraq, being in my pocket every day. It got dropped off two story buildings, stomped on by boots, subjected to my co-workers carelessness, and it still ran fine. I then began testing the device - I drowned it in water for 3 days, and not a drop pierced the case. Running it over with a 4 ton military vehicle had no affect. 20 seconds under a butane torch amounted to nothing more then the case's ridged design being melted into my hand for months.

3 years after purchase, the thumb drive finally took a hit. The external case can be easily smashed ever so slightly if the USB core is not inside. 5 years after purchase, when I was bored one night, I decided to open the USB stick up and see if I could replace the innards with a larger model. Unfortunately, I tore the grounding out in the process. And the thumb drive still works.

This drive is not the fastest in the market - In fact, it appears its speed has not increased one bit since I bought mine oh so long ago. If you need to carry your data around in a device that will under no circumstances ever die, then this is it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
Seems well built, waterproof case a plus, a little bulky but still OK. Got average 70read and 33Mb/s write on USB 3.0 and 25Mb/s read/20Mb/s write on USB 2.0
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
Bought it after almost breaking my old flashdrive and I love how it reads/writes at 30 and 26MB/s on usb 2.0
I don't need it to be waterproof to 200 meters but certainly helps knowing it won't have problems in a small puddle and it's fun to know you can step on it with no problem
all I need now is to have a computer with usb 3.0
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93 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
Like the speed and ruggedness , BUT it's built backwards. Without this flaw I would have given it five stars.

By being built backward I mean the part with the flash drive attaches to my key ring. This means that in order to plug the flash drive into my computer I have to take the device off of my key ring, unscrew the cover from the flash drive, put the cover in my pocket so I don't lose it, and then plug the flash drive into my computer.

If, instead of the flash drive, the cover attached to my key ring using it would be much simpler - I could leave the cover attached to my key ring, unscrew the flash drive from it, and plug the flash drive into my computer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
There is no need to format a driver in this... it comes ready to plug in and use. The driver it comes loaded with is the most efficient for its performance. Changing the driver in it can reduce the performance as it is MADE TO WORK WITH the preloaded driver.

I am not technical but even I can plug it in and copy files from my hard drive to this jump key. I love that it is waterproof up to 200 meters... and I love that if a neighbor's child drops it I don't have to scream. I have called Corsair and suggested they put on their packaging in bold print that it is most efficient with the preloaded driver which is both Mac and PC compatible as most of the lower ratings come from those who tried to change it from Fat 32 to something else.

Left in FAT 32, it may well outsurvive its expectations. :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
I have several flash drives to keep my personal data and work data always with me, and this is by far the best one. It has absolutely phenomenal transfer speeds when connected to a USB 3 port. When connected to a USB 2 port is has slightly quicker transfer speeds than my other drives. The amount of storage is great, I probably won't ever have to buy another drive again. The design of the case is great, it has an o-ring seal so that water can't get in and it seems very sturdy.

Update: I like this drive so much that I purchased the black version so that I can put all my bootable OS's on it. Now I have a bootable flash drive with Widows, Ubuntu, and several other flavors of Linux and they all run so much quicker than on a USB 2 device.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
This is an interesting USB drive. I normally like smaller, sleeker flashdrives but I tend to lose them at a rate of about 1 a month. Due to the size and bulk of this device, I don't think I'm going to be losing it anytime soon.

It's my first USB 3.0 drive, and it's definitely fast. Also 32 GB is pretty hefty; you're not going to have much if anything that doesn't fit on here (within reason).

My only advice is to be wary taking this on a plane because it looks like a miniature pipe-bomb, and I'm not sure yelling "it's only adventure proof" is going to count for much as TSA tackles you to the ground and proceeds to strip search / violate you in front of hundreds of people.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
The first day Windows insisted on formatting it every time I inserted it. Afterwards, no PC could recognize it. Corsair support does not have my model (CMFSV3-32GB) so I can't use their standard RMA process. I haven't tried Corsair before but will probably avoid in the future -- I've never had issues with Patriot or Transcend. I just wanted to try the "rugged" case of this. But it's probably just as easy to buy a separate rugged USB thumb drive case, and then you could just keep upgrading the stick you put inside it.
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Dear Kevin C. Saff,

We're sorry for the inconvenience, please contact our Customer Service Department at 888-222-4346.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
I was very impressed with the warranty given by this product's manufacturer and thought I would be safe from harm. WRONG! I purchased my Consair Flash Survivor 32GB flash drive on March 17, 2010 and by December 2011 I had lost "EVERYTHING" on the drive. It just stopped working one day and I was unable to retrieve any of my information at all! I was totally devastated. Customer service was not able to tell me what could have happened other than after a long time of usage the drive needs to be reformatted. They advised me to reformat my drive but it was completely dead and would not do anything so I was unable to perform this task and given a return number for a replacement. Well, I don't intend to ever use a Consair product again under any circumstances. This mishap was too much of an inconvenience for me.

What's the point of a 10 year warranty, being ultra-rugged, water resistant and safe from drops if the drive is just going to stop functioning and you're unable to retrieve your data? If you want to take a chance at losing your data and trying to start over and replace everything, then by all means, purchase this piece of junk. I am currently using a Kingston Data Traveler that I had on hand at the time of the incident and it continues to work like a charm. I will not be requesting a replacement for the one that stopped working. Why would I?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
I bought this thinking it's USB 3.0 and fast. It started working fast for the first two shows I did and then the last time I used it it stopped during my set. I am a person who takes care of my music and belongings. If you're gonna use it just to store docs and pics then yes it is the right tool, if it is going to be used to play media, then STAY AWAY and get something else that's better and reliable.

Just my 2 cents on it....
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