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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow writes; Software less than worthless; But can be a good value, September 12, 2012
This review is from: SanDisk Cruzer Glide 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive- SDCZ60-032G-B35 (Personal Computers)
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Performance:
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Writing speed is a slow 4 MB/sec. Reading is a respectable (adequate) 20 MB/sec. This was tested transferring a 4 GB file -- the drive comes formatted as FAT32 and this is its maximum file size. For reference, reading a similar file from a USB 2.0 external hard drive tends to be about 30 MB/sec.

This product can be a good value for a number of the common uses of flash drives. For example, it may be a mirror for large portions of your laptop for those occasions where you didn't anticipate needing the laptop and the cloud isn't a practical alternative. In such cases, although the contents of the flash drive can be large, the amount of change at any one time tends to be small, so the slow write speed is not a real inconvenience.
Caveat on "value": what is a good value one day (or hour) may not be such the next.

Construction:
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The plastic case _feels_ flimsy because it flexes easily, but it does _not_ display some of the other characteristics of materials that would break easily. This concern about how rugged it actually is will limit when and how I carry it.

Operation of the retractable connector: Good. It locked into the extended position reliably, and the unlock tab is big and easy to operate. However, if you are inserting this into a tight space, it doesn't take much of a bump on that tab to unlock it. I see this only as an inconvenience to those whose only available USB ports are in out-of-the way locations.

The hole for the lanyard is unusually large: over 1/4-inch across. The crossbar is thicker than that on most of the flash drives I see: it is almost 1/16-inch thick.

Included Software: Junk
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1. SanDisk Secure Access: I am inclined to describe this a primarily Ad-ware rather than functional software. The "vault" is incredibly primitive: It is simply a partition that holds encrypted versions of your files. To update a file, you use the primitive UI to manually take it out of the vault, edit it, and put it back into the vault. When much of the information that you would likely want to put into the vault is subject to periodic updating, this is both tedious and error-prone. At the very _minimum_ you want to have the ability to record the location of the master copy of the files as part of the meta-data in the vault and have the vault's software alert you when a pairing is out-of-sync. And the vault software should not be installed on your computer because that opens the door to multiple sources of inadvertent and malicious errors. SanDisk Secure Access delivers none of what I consider to be the basics for such software, and there are better alternatives available targeted at different needs and levels of sophistication.
ADVICE: If you decide to try this in a version of Windows that has the Restore Point feature, create one so that you can roll back to it rather than having to trust the software's own uninstall process. When software has a large Ad-ware component, I find it wise to be paranoid.

2. "Club SanDisk" included software: "GoToMyPC", "RoboForm Password Manager", "McAfee Internet Security Software" and "IE8 Sidebar for eBay". I wasn't interested in any of these and didn't try them. The sidebar was described as "a free tool" and the others are presumably the trials or "lite" editions common to such offerings.

-- Douglas B. Moran
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