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SanDisk Cruzer Contour 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ8-8192-A75

by SanDisk

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  • Stylish Black Glossy Finish
  • Unique slider USB connector. No more lost caps
  • High Performance: 25 MB/sec read, 18 MB/sec write speeds
  • U3 Smart enabled. Carry and launch your personal applications and settings on any PC
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: SanDisk
  • Model: SDCZ8-8192-A75
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 8.0 GB
  • Form Factor: Hot-swappable Portable

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.9 x 2.9 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000N81C6U
  • Item model number: SDCZ8-8192-A75
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

8GB Cruzer Contour

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Featuring a sleek and stylish, glossy black finish and advanced security, the SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive gives you the edge with professional-grade performance, security and productivity tools. The sleek, black casing of the flash drive slides open to reveal a retractable USB connector for high-speed transfers. A dual layer of AES hardware encryption and password protected access gives you the ability to store and transfer your vital data safely and securely.


SanDisk Extreme Contour
USB Flash Drive
At-a-Glance:
  • High performance - Super-fast data transfer at up to 25MB/second read and 18MB/second write speeds
  • Feel secure - Password protection, AES hardware encryption and lifetime limited warranty
  • Ideal for Video - High capacities and powerful performance allow you to view and transfer HD video
  • Speed up your system - Windows® ReadyBoost™ enhances Windows® Vista™ performance, so your PC responds faster

Advanced technologies and sleek styling give the SanDisk Extreme® Contour™ USB Flash drive a professional edge. View larger.
The SanDisk® Extreme® Contour™ offers secure storage and backup performance for Windows® XP and Windows® Vista®) computers.
Extremely Fast Storage and Portability
In the business world, you need every advantage you can get. The SanDisk® Extreme® Contour™ delivers with its sleek looks and professional-grade performance. The SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive fits in the palm of your hand, and gives you the capacity and security you need to store and transfer your important data. This sleek, portable USB flash drive plugs directly into any computer's USB port, letting you transfer and store personal or business files safely and securely.

Offering extreme-fast read speeds of up to 25MB/sec, and up to 18 MB/sec write speed*, the SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive is ideal for storing and transferring videos and other large files to and from virtually any computer or device with an available USB port. Optimized for laptops and devices with USB 2.0 port, the drive is backwards compatible with older devices that have USB 1.1 ports, so you can be assured of near universal compatibility.

AES Hardware Encryption and Password-Protected Access Control
With the SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive, you don't have to worry about having sensitive data stolen. For starters, the drive protects your digital content with password protection, keeping prying eyes from viewing your content without your permission.

The SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive also features Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware encryption. This means that your content will stay private and secure via data scrambling at the flash controller level when the drives are either physically removed for portability or stored away for safe keeping.

The data encryption is accomplished automatically without you noticing. There's no activation or software needed. You simply use the SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive like you would any flash drive, but with the knowledge that your data is protected.

Smart, Stylish Design for Ease of Use
With a sleek, black casing and capless design that exposes the USB connector via a unique sliding mechanism, the SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive looks as professional as it performs.

Drag and Drop Performance
The SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive lets you transfer files from one device to another easily and conveniently, without any additional software or setup. The drive offers drag-and-drop convenience, which means you can simply drag the files from your device onto your SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive, or vice versa, without any additional steps.

Transferring video files from computer to computer is incredibly simple. With more and more DVD manufacturers adding USB ports to their players, you can copy video files from your PC to your USB flash drive and then plug the drive into your USB-enabled DVD player. You can also plug your SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive into the USB port on your USB-enabled TV to sit back to enjoy the show.

The SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive is compatible as a flash storage device with Windows® 2000, Mac OS® X v10.1.2+, and Linux machines. Password protection and AES encryption are supported by Windows® XP and Windows® Vista®. The drive is also enhanced for Windows® ReadyBoost™ to improve system performance on Vista machines.

The drive is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

About SanDisk
SanDisk Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, is the world's largest supplier of flash storage cards. It is a global leader in flash memory cards --from research, manufacturing, and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk holds more than 860 U.S. patents, more than 550 foreign patents, and it is the only company that has worldwide rights to both manufacture and sell top flash card formats including SD, microSD, miniSD, CompactFlash, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO, and related Memory Stick micro card products.

SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones; digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid-state drives for computers.

What's in the Box
SanDisk Extreme Contour USB Flash drive (8 GB)

* Based on SanDisk internal testing. Performance may be lower depending on the host device.


HOW MUCH CAN YOU STORE?
CARD
CAPACITY
64 GB*
16,000
3.5 minute songs**
or 19,200
images**
or 128
hours**
32 GB*
8,000
3.5 minute songs**
or 9,600
images**
or 64
hours**
16 GB*
4,000
3.5 minute songs**
or 4,800
images**
or 32
hours**
8 GB*
2,000
3.5 minute songs**
or 2,400
images**
or 16
hours**
* 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. Some capacity not available for data storage.
** Approximations: results will vary based on file size, resokution, compression, bit rate, content, host device, pre-loaded files and other factors. See www.sandisk.com

Customer Reviews

This drive is very rugged and works very well.
Parker
The mechanism for opening and closing the drive is a little odd, but I have had no problems.
D. Dell
It is rather big and will certainly not fit in all USB ports because of it.
Bart

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Dell on October 16, 2007
Verified Purchase
I will not list the specifications in this review because you can read it from other reviewers or the SanDisk site. Instead I would like to address some of the comments listed in other reviews.

Comparing this drive to my other brand, this drive is a little larger. However, anytime you have something sticking out of the USB on your laptop it can get in the way or accidentally hit, no matter what the size.

True there is not way to put a lanyard on the drive, but it does have a case with a hook for a lanyard. This is a much better idea for transporting because the drive is protected in the case.

The transfer speed of this drive is many times faster than my other drive. I transferred 7gb of files in less than 8 minutes and without any corrupt files.

The mechanism for opening and closing the drive is a little odd, but I have had no problems. It just takes a little getting use to. Plus, you do not have to worry about misplacing a cap.

The issues a few reviewers had are very minor to me. I personally really like this drive because it works great, it is fast and has a lot of space.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A. Nallawalla on July 10, 2007
Available in 4 GB and 8 GB capacities, this U3 Smart device makes the concept of portable applications a reality. Yes, you can carry your own configured programs in your pocket and run them on someone else's computer. Windows Vista users know about ReadyBoost, which enables the PC to use the Flash drive as additional RAM. For laptop owners, this is perhaps the cheapest way to get a RAM upgrade.

Available in 4 GB and 8 GB capacities, the SanDisk Cruzer Contour makes the concept of portable applications a reality. Yes, you can carry your own configured programs in your pocket and run them on someone else's computer.

But why would anyone need an 8 GB drive? The answer is partly U3 and partly our desire to make our data portable. It is certified for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS X (The device comes with a "Works with Windows Vista" label, not a "Certified for Windows Vista" one.)

I have already lost one cap from my SanDisk Cruzer Micro drive, but this won't be an issue with the Cruzer Contour, as it has a sliding cover that hides the USB connector when not in use. It features ReadyBoost and includes the following U3 compatible programs:

* CruzerSync - Desktop synchronisation tool
* SignupShield - Password manager
* Skype - PC to PC video and audio calls
* Avast - Antivirus
* HP Photosmart - Digital photo organiser/editor
* Sudoku/Mahjong - Games

More realistically, you could take your email, browser bookmarks, and many large files with you. The drive synchronises with your PC when connected but it will not leave any trace on any other PC. The supplied programs and the U3 software took up 110 MB, leaving 7.52 GB free. The file system uses FAT32, which makes it compatible with older PCs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By griff3508 on October 4, 2007
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I spent the additional money for the Contour to take advantage of the increased transfer rates. I am completely happy with the performance, the hardware, and the connection mechanism (which others have complained about).
I installed Linux (Fedora 8) on the drive and use it as my portable operating system, and backup for my office machine. I have had the drive in service for five months, used every day with no problems. On one occasion I timed the transfer of a just over one GB, it took 70 seconds.
The drive is by far my largest in physical size, but that is a very small factor in light of the high performance. For machines that I have difficulty reaching the USB ports I use an extension (wire) with no problems. The leather storage pouch is a nice bonus, since I have dropped mine a few time on the concrete (durable).
UPDATE: Jan 2010; I have now had this drive in use for over two and a half years. I use it every day to keep office and home machines in synch (and as a live backup). I still have an operating system on it (Fedora 11). I can't imagine how many GB have been transferred on and off of this drive - seems indestructible.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Brazeau on June 15, 2007
A fairly good usb drive in terms of read / write speeds, but I just cant get past the outer shell of this one.

It's meant to look pretty and have sort of a switchblade feel - you retract the black portion about 1/2" then return it to the starting position to get the connector out. When done you push it forward 1/2" past the starting position then back. During the process there is a little flap that covers the connector when it is recessed.

The motion isn't very smooth, and it feels like there are multiple points of failure on this drive. Also because you have to move the slider in the correct order if it jammed in the wrong spot it could be a real pain to fix.

It works well as a USB drive, but if there is another one for the same price I'd suggest it over this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ElecEng on June 27, 2008
I bought this flash drive primarily for its write speed. I'd rather not have U3 installed as the emulated CDROM drive spawns an Autorun dialog and interferes with the operation of my CD burning software (Nero).

When I got the drive I immediately removed U3. After a while I noticed that the write speed in Windows Explorer never exceeded 14MB/s, even with large files. As I had paid a price premium for Sandisk's `flagship' flash drive I investigated and found that when U3 is installed Windows reports write speed of around 17MB/s, but when U3 is removed the write speed dropped to ~14MB/s.

I contacted Sandisk about this (it took a week for the first reply). After a few exchanges, including using benchmarking software from the Sandisk support site to confirm my finding, the tech support conversation ended with this reply:

"With U3, it can be removed like you have done or prevent it from auto running as previously mentioned. With the U3 partition recognized as a disc, it can create issues with software such as Nero, Roxio and other ROM software.

"Unfortunately the Contour's speed is optimized when using U3. When U3 is removed, you may experience a drop in the transfer rate of data to the flash drive. The testing on this device was done with U3 installed and it does optimize the speed of the device. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Apparently removing U3 may reduce the write speed of the drive, in my case by 3 MB/s. There does not seem to be any warning about this on the product page or the U3 page of the Sandisk website. As far as I knew U3 was an optional feature and its removal would not incur a performance penalty.
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