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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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.


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Customer Reviews

It'll make your life much easier.
Matthew R. Walker
If you work on computers or simply have a need to carry multiple disks with you I highly recommend this product as it is great at what it does.
Gertog
Your computer will restart, and you simply boot from the isostick CD drive again, and it will boot the previously selected iso.
Vasahond

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 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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12 of 14 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 Matthew R. Walker on October 20, 2012
I got mine as part of the Kickstarter campaign, and I must say that it has been very useful.

First, it means I don't have to carry multiple CDs with me when doing computer troubleshooting.
Second, the flexibility of swapping SD cards means it can hold virtually unlimited CDs.

If you do much computer work, I strongly recommend the isostick. It'll make your life much easier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cary R. on August 20, 2013
Like many of the other reviewers I received my Isostick from the Kickstarter campaign. The device is incredibly useful for maintenance/recovery/etc of computers by allowing one to easily choose from a variety of fix-it/rescue/manage iso images. It is also very useful for testing or demonstrating various operating systems. The funnest thing is seeing response that my IT friends have to the device when they realize how easy it would make many of their daily tasks.
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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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3 of 3 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.
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2 of 2 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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