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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2013
One thing about these budget USB flash drives, is their read speeds are acceptable, but their write speeds are very slow.
With an avg write speed of just over 6MB/s this drive is nothing to boast about.
However it's:
1- cheap (affordable)
2- lightweight
3- Large capacity.

The drive is fully made out of plastic, even the USB part. The only visible metal, is the USB connection pins.

Overall, it's an ok drive.
Buy it if you need something reliable to backup photo's, video's, and data, that's compatible with a lot of computers.
This would not make for a good operating system drive, as it's just too slow.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
I own quite a few flash drives. The highest I owned before purchasing this one was a Kingston Digital DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 - 16 GB Flash Drive DT101G2/16GBZET which works pretty well, but is pretty hefty in size for a flash drive.

I wanted to get a more portable drive with more GB so when best buy listed this as their deal of the day I jumped on it.

I gotta say after owning a Kingston DataTraveler 108 8 GB Flash Drive DT108/8GBZ, I was a little disappointed with this one.

The casing is completely made out of plastic as opposed to the Kingston Data traveler which has an aluminum cover.

I own a regular SanDisk Cruzer 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ36-004G-A11 as well, which is made out of plastic, but it still feels more solid than this Switch drive.

The Switch drive feels very cheap and I would not trust putting it on a lanyard for fear of it snapping off.

Also, another major issue I have with this drive is how difficult it is for me to get the cover off of the drive. You have to pull it, and then it swings around to the back and you can push it back down so it does not flap about while you are using it. But for some reason, I have a very hard time pulling it off the leads. It is very frustrating. I believe after using it for quite a while it will become more loose....probably even too loose to stay on properly. But now I am just guessing.

Now for the mother of all reasons why I gave this thing 2 stars....

IT IS SO SLOW!!! Compared to all of my other drives, dragging a file onto this bad boy seemingly takes forever! None of my other flash drives I own are this slow. I generally use a MAC, so I figured let me see if it is any faster on my Windows PC's, but it isn't. Still slow as a turtle.

I tried to write a 1.5GB file onto this drive and it took a pretty long time.

I cant even imagine how long it would take to completely fill this drive up to the max in one foul swoop. I'm guessing you'd be able to knit a large blanket before it finishes.

If you want a portable drive that is solid and fast, I recommend going with the Kingston DataTraveler 108 series.

The price on this Switch drive is not to shabby, so if you are willing to put up with the slowness, the difficulty of getting the cap off, and don't mind how cheap it feels, then this is your drive.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
I'm not a fan of flash drives with programs on them, but that's just me. I reformatted it into an NTSF drive so I can store files larger than 4gb on it. (FAT32 format doesn't allow large files, I think over 4gb?) Reformatting it wiped the little programs off of it as well, so I suppose that was an added bonus. Now it's exactly what I needed, a 32gb flash drive with no frills.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
This is my first ever product review but it's important. Just get a different flash drive. After my first use of the product it write-protected itself and not even formatting it does anything. This is an error that SanDisk admits to being widespread and un-fixable. Not worth the risk! Don't end up like me, reader!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
I have been using SanDisk USB flash drives exclusively now for years. I was in the market for some smaller drives. So I bought two of these. I'm not disappointed. And the secure drive software works very well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2013
It broke off of my keychain on the 1st day. It may be the chepest plastic I've ever held. Completely Disaapointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
Pros: Works Great, security feature

Con: the usb connection if tighter than normal, harder to pull in and out of the computer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
The memory itself is great. No issues, and the included software is fairly simple to figure out. However the flip cover is a pain in the butt as it never stays locked in place and frustrated me when trying to pull the device out. New design needed pronto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
I purchased the 32gb model, so this may not be true of the other two capacities, but this drive is rather slow to write to. It literally takes 10 min to copy 5 gb of data onto the drive, making it by far the slowest usb drive I've ever owned. My laptop has an ssd drive and usb 2.0, so I'm pretty sure the bottleneck is on the side of the usb drive. It's not the end of the world, but I did originally intend to use this to move large files around, so the write speed is rather disappointing, especially given that an 8gb drive that I brought a few years ago has much faster write speeds (it takes 3-4 min to write 5gb of data). The read times are much more appropriate, taking about 3 min to copy that same 5 gb of data off the drive.

On the plus side, it's small, has an integrated cap that won't get lost (although the connection between the cap and the body of the drive does feel a bit flimsy when the drive is not capped), and has a relatively large capacity for a usb drive. It's still useful in moving large image files between computers, but doing so requires some patience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2013
Ordered this and didn't work on my Win8 64-bit system. Figured it was a bad unit, so Amazon did a seamless exchange, even covering return shipping, with no restocking fee. Second unit, ditto. Could not get File Explorer to recognize it, so returned it, with Amazon covering return shipping, but charging a small restock fee. I have a SanDisk 4GB Cruzer Slice that performs flawlessly. Maybe the plastic male connector is the issue? Will not buy this unit again, of course.
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