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SanDisk SDCZ2-512-A10 512 MB Cruzer Mini USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Retail Package)

by SanDisk

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  • High-speed, compact, USB flash drive for storing or transferring data, pictures, music, etc.
  • High, 512 MB storage capacity; USB 2.0-certified for fast data transfer (compatible with USB 1.1)
  • Small size and easy to use--just .79 x 2.6 x .48 inches (W x H x D)
  • PC and Macintosh compatible, no drivers required for most systems (Windows 98SE driver available online)
  • Thin design does not obstruct dual-stacked USB ports found on most computers; includes 2 extra color caps and a neckstrap

Product Details

Data Sheet [490kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001FV37S
  • Item model number: SDCZ2-512-A10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 1, 2004

Product Description

Amazon.com

SanDisk's Cruzer Mini makes data transfer fast and simple. It's hi-speed USB 2.0-certified for data transfers at up to 480 Mbps (also compatible with USB 1.1, at a more modest 12 Mbps). Its 512 MB capacity lets you store important data, pictures, music, and other files on a device little bigger than a few sticks of gum, then readily transfer them to your laptop or desktop. Making an important presentation? Walk into the room with your laser pointer and a Cruzer Mini.

The Cruzer Mini offers higher storage capacity than floppy disks and other removable media, faster transfer rates, and better file security through CruzerLock. CruzerLock encrypts your individual files, keeping them safe and secure from prying eyes. Simply choose a personal password, select the file that you want to encrypt, and let CruzerLock do the rest. (CruzerLock is Windows-only; local administrator privileges required for Windows 2000 and XP.)

For most users, the Cruzer Mini is plug and play, with no drivers required. (A Windows 98SE driver is available online at sandisk.com.) Many USB flash drives obstruct the port adjacent to it, making it difficult or impossible to use two USB devices at once. The ultra-small, ultra-thin Cruzer Mini won't cramp your style--no matter how tight things may get.

Two additional color caps and a removable neckstrap let you personalize the Cruzer Mini to fit your style.

What's in the Box
Cruzer Mini, 2 extra color caps, a neckstrap, a user's manual, and warranty information.

Product Description

Take your documents, pictures, presentations and music with you easily with the SanDisk Cruzer Mini USB Flash Drive. This ultra-small, ultra-thin USB 2.0 Hi-speed flash drive is no larger than a pack of gum, and is the fastest and easiest way to transfer data between home, the office or any other place you need to go. Features CruzerLock advanced file security that encrypts your individual files and keeping them safe; plug-and-play plugs into any USB 2.0 port and is backwards compatible with USB 1.1; 2 additional color caps and a removable neck strap. System requirements: Windows 98 or higher; Mac OS 9.1 or higher.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is a good buy for a 512 MB flash drive.
Yin33
Since this is a flash drive, you can load practically any type of file you want on it, be it photo files, documents etc.
Frank Forrest
This flash drive has very fast transfer speeds and is very rugged.
williesbest2

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

133 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Frank Forrest on November 11, 2004
Lately, I've been bringing my notebook computer to a local bookstore/cafe to do some writing. It's a cozy place but pretty noisy. The selection of music over the speakers wasn't the greatest either. I decided that I would make my own mix of MP3 music files and bring them along so I could listen to them through my headphones. Since I'm working on my notebook computer, I didn't want to run the files off of my hard drive, which would run down my battery. My solution was to load all the MP3 files on a Flash Drive - no moving parts, a much smaller drain on battery power. I purchased the SD 512 Flash drive. The following is my experience with this device:

The unit itself is a pretty small device. (See product details above for size, etc) and has a total capacity of 512mb. The actual usable memory is closer to 487mb or so. This is due to the software/operating/security program that is preloaded onto the drive. I run Windows XP on my notebook, and the SanDisk booted up immediately without any problems. You can "lock out" anyone from viewing your files by running the security program. Be careful not to quick click through the prompts as you may miss entering the password. You can also download the latest encrption software for free. According to Sandisk, the new lock/encrption program is fourteen times more secure and is a much better program.

Performance was smooth as silk. There were no drivers to install and the plug and play feature worked the very first time. I "mix" my MP3's on my desktop computer which runs Windows ME and transfer them on the Sandisk to my notebook which runs Windows XP. There were no problems in switching back and forth between systems. I've heard that you need to download drivers if you run Windows 98.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Konczal on April 6, 2005
The SanDisk Cruzer Mini USB Flash Drive is a highly convenient, portable, economical way to store and transport your files. It's a sleek, lightweight storage device that plugs into any computer's USB port, and works with Windows systems going back to Windows 98. I haven't tested it with MacOS, but SanDisk's website says it's supported on Mac OS 9.1 and OS X 10.1.2 and later. With Windows XP, it's plug 'n' play; on Windows 98 computers, you have to download and install a driver from Sandisk's web site (look for the SDCZ2- Cruzer Mini (128MB - 1GB) driver).

This device comes with some nice extras: three different colored covers for the USB interface; a cord so you can wear it around your neck; and stickers to label the drive. The Cruzer features an activity light that glows bright green when in use; it flashes when files are being accessed. The slim design allows you to reach USB ports that are surrounded with other ports already in use. The USB drive comes with SanDisk's CruzerLock encryption software, which you can use to password-protect your files. There are also trial versions of CruzerSync, for synchronizing Outlook data between your PC and the Cruzer, and CruzerPocketCache, a utility to backup data from your hard drive.

I've used the device on Windows 98 and XP systems for over a month with mostly good results. Here are a few observations:

-In Windows XP, always use the "Safely Remove Hardware" wizard (the little green arrow in the lower right corner of the Taskbar) to stop the Cruzer before removing it. Sometimes, Windows may tell you that you cannot stop the USB drive. In these instances, try closing any programs accessing the drive; if all else fails, log out from Windows and log back in to successfully stop the device.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By AZ Tech Geek on December 19, 2004
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I own several of these Cruzer mini's (2 of the 256 and 1 of the 512 size). They work great and are really fast (even with my "old" 1.1 USB ports). My Win XP computers (one at home, one at work) immediately recognized & installed the Cruzer Mini as soon as I plugged it in the first time.

I use them to back-up my important info on my computers. I also use one to transfer data from my work computer to my home computer every week.

Each is the size of a pack of gum and weighs only 1/4 ounce. I just carry one in my pocket.

No problem with the caps staying on.

Just be sure to always click the "remove hardware" icon in the service tray in the bottom right-hand corner of your computer screen before you unplug the Mini. This will keep it from being corrupted.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By U2pop on May 6, 2005
SanDisk has made a pretty good drive. We bought 25 of them for our IT dept and only had 2 failures: The first just stopped working but we suspect he unplugged it one too many times without allowing the computer to turn it off first so it got fried. The second, the small, plastic part that attaches it to the neck strap broke and the drive fell and..well..got crushed (don't ask). Otherwise it works great. Like a previous reviewer said, don't pull it out unless the GREEN LIGHT is off, don't pull on the strap too hard, and take care of it. One note though: it is like any other floppy disk prone to worms, viruses, etc. Always be wary when plugging it into someone elses system.

Nice thing though, the first one that got fried, SanDisk replaced it free of charge. That was very nice of them. No hassle, no questions tech support and RMA. That's important.
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