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isostick

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  • Shows up as both a flash and optical drive.
  • Requires a microSD memory card (NOT included).
  • Never burn another CD, just copy your .iso files to isostick!
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B008S4XY08
  • Item model number: isostick-revC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


Product Description

Pop a microSD card (not included) in your isostick, stop burning CDs, and start saving time. When you plug in your isostick, two drives will appear: an optical drive and a flash drive. The flash drive gives direct access to the microSD card.
Keep all your iso9660 (.iso) images and other files on the flash drive, and you can "insert" the images into the optical drive any time you want, as if they were real discs. The computer thinks a real CD/DVD drive is attached--you can even boot from it!

Read speed up to 12.5MiB/s depending on the microSD card used. That's 81x in CD speeds, or 9.46x in DVD speeds! Also, because there's no seek time, they're even faster than a real disc would be at those speeds.

Stop carrying around CD cases full of utilities and OS installers -- put an isostick on your keychain.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It will change your life.
Vasahond
With this, I can combine all of that mess into one handy fob on my keychain.
Justin
I have re-imaged computers and even played dvd's using this.
Gertog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vasahond on October 21, 2012
I was also a backer of the Kickstarter project, as I see all the reviews so far have been. I am a technician in a data center, and while we have a pretty good system that allows us to bypass using CDs for most reinstalls / new installs for the OS on our servers, nonetheless, CDs / DVDs are a reality of my job. The isostick has, in fact, changed that. Now I don't have to pull servers from their location in our datacenter to maintenance them; I can simply throw the iso on the device for whatever I need to do. Something that makes this device absolutely unique from a few of the other similar products out there are the following:

1. isosel: Now this is cool; throw multiple isos on your isostick, and this makes is possible to boot any upon startup of the server; simply select it from a list of isos. Your computer will restart, and you simply boot from the isostick CD drive again, and it will boot the previously selected iso. Alternatively, you can turn this function off my simply renaming isosel.bin; then it will automatically boot whatever iso you specify in the config file; which works like an absolute charm! I have ran into the problem of isosel not working on some computers; when you do this, it will work perfectly.

2. Removable microSD cards!! This is AMAZING. Did your device "fry"? No worries -- throw in a new microSD, and you're good to go! Or, do what I do -- use multiple microSDs for different isos: ie, one for Windows, one for Linux (or several :P), and one for Macs.

3. Flashable firmware! Did you forget to throw on write protect, and somehow "brick" your device?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Klassen on July 6, 2014
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This promised to be my dream tool. Long story short, it worked properly on about 1 of 4 computers and turned out to be more of a hassle than it was worth. Updates were promised to fix it but as of July 2014 there has not been an update for over 17 months. I would consider this thing abandoned.

Update Jan 2015: Still no updates, this product has been abandoned and does not work on newer computers. DO NOT BUY. Also there is now a free tool called Easy2Boot, which turns any usb key into an isostick, and so far actually works much better for me. There is potential in combining the isostick and Easy2Boot to get the best of both worlds too, if you have already bought one.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By adamjb on August 9, 2013
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This product generally works well, but it has some problems.

I can't get some UEFI computers to boot from it. They seem confused by the fact that it is both a USB flash drive and USB CDROM drive. From what I understand, this problem is being worked on.

The physical construction is poor. The two pieces of plastic that make up the body separate easily, and it is very difficult to flip the read only switch.

Read and write performance are also extremely poor. This may be because of their choice of micro SD, but I would be willing to sacrifice some size and flexibility for better speed.

Would I get this again? Probably not. I Think instead that I would go with the Zalman ZM-VE300 and a 64 GB Crucial M4 SSD. It would be bigger, but it would be much faster and should be easier to operate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Montesquieu on June 7, 2014
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I bought one of these after borrowing one from a coworker. Even though that particular experience let me know that this device couldn't necessarily be trusted to boot successfully on all hardware, it worked enough of the time that I decided I should go ahead and get my own.

Unfortunately, it's not clear to me that the manufacturer is shipping a beta-quality product with little or no quality control measures. Mine is defective fresh out of the box - it can read, but not write (regardless of what position the write-protect switch is in) to microSD media. I've tried numerous microSD cards from numerous brands, all of which are confirmed to read/write successfully, but none work with my isostick.

I'm willing to tolerate quirks with its software and compatibility with certain systems, but shipping a DOA device is pretty unforgivable, especially when testing basic read/write functionality is a pretty simple QA task.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ergosteur on October 20, 2012
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I've been wanting something like this ever since I started tinkering with computers and Operating systems. I used to walk around with a CD wallet containing diagnostic tools, partitioning tools, various versions of Windows, Linux and BSD. Lately, i also had to carry a USB DVD drive too. Now all of those are replaced by one small USB drive.

The isostick is much more portable, immune to scratching, and saves me a fortune on optical media. Not to mention that copying an .iso to a drive is much better than having to burn a disc every time a new OS is released.
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There has not been any visible progress in firmware development and the code was not opened up at the end of last year (2013) as promised. If it had been opened up this would probably lead to a trickle of patches.

If you were looking for something that replaces your CD/DVD stack, this is not it. In fact I am not aware of a single product that offers that. The Zalman VE-400 is quite a lot better, but it's also bigger in size. The ISOStick works on one of about a dozen computers I am using _regularly_ and I have tried it on quite some more during the months I own an ISOStick. The result is devastating.

So: the idea is brilliant. The implementation is suboptimal, but the support of purchased products in the sense of development of the firmware is really bad.
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