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Good for "low profile" use,
Note that these USB drives are designed for notebooks, tablets, and car audio. They are supposed to be plugged in and seldom pulled out, or pulled out fairly rarely. They are harder to insert and pull out than the bigger size USB drives, so it may not be good for daily use of carrying it around.
The couple of times I pulled it out, it fell to the ground and was a bit hard to find, because it is so small and difficult to get a hold of. If you need to insert and pull it from the USB slot often, a fishing string can be added to the side of the USB drive (there is a small hole to insert the string and tie a knot).
There is a small orange indicator light and I kind of like it. When it is writing or reading, the light will blink attractively.
A simple speed test of copying and reading a 1GB file was done on Windows 7:
Write: 4.10 MB/s
Read: 16.5 MB/s
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2012 1:43:33 PM PDT
R. Bemrose says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2012 5:52:46 PM PDT
There are a lot of devices that use external USB storage in a way that you would want a tiny nub for - for example, a laptop that has the stick in it semi-permanantly for some extra storage and occasional file movement, or a car music player that uses a USB stick as a source for the music collection. In this case, this form factor is ideal. In either of these cases, an external HDD would be entirely inappropriate.
It isn't for everyone, and fills a smaller niche than a slightly larger USB stick, but it definitely is a product that is very useful within its niche.
Posted on Sep 17, 2012 11:08:28 AM PDT
My 2012 Chevy Equinox has a USB port for music sticking into the center compartment. I intend to buy this low-profile drive to help protect it from other stuff side loading it and possibly breaking it.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 4:54:31 PM PDT
A. L. Green says:
Jeff, you seem to have the understanding that I'm looking for for the following question (although anyone can respond):
Anyone successfully use this for ReadyBoost?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 10:30:19 PM PDT
I'm not familiar at all with actually using ReadyBoost - I know what it does and how it works but have never used it. I would imagine that the performance of a USB drive like this would be inadequate to make it worth doing unless the computer you're hooking it up to has very little RAM and a very slow hard drive. You are probably better off spending $10-20 on a RAM upgrade than using a basic USB stick for ReadyBoost. With a 4MB/second write speed and 16MB/second read speed, it probably wouldn't make any noticeable difference in your computing experience, whereas going from 2 to 4, or from 1GB of RAM to 2 (or 3 or 4) would make a MUCH bigger performance difference. If you're not familiar with installing RAM, it is very easy, and it is also very inexpensive right now.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2012 5:49:27 AM PDT
A. L. Green says:
Thanks, Jeff! That's the main issue that I am having: the laptop that I am considering for ReadyBoost has a maximum of 2GB. Although this meets the system requirements for 32-Bit Windows 7 (and would probably perform better with Windows 8), I am limited to 2GB of RAM (motherboard limitations). Comparing this to my self-built Quad-Core, 12GB-DDR3, SATA-II SSD equipped main machine, and we can easily see the source of my underwhelming experience with this 1GB-RAM, 5400RPM-HDD, Dual-Core machine.
The only real improvement I am hoping to see with Readyboost in regards to this machine, is that my daughter's kids' programming should perform more smoothly. :-) Since she'll be the main user, would hate for her to mistakenly break a less subdued USB stick...
Posted on Jan 11, 2013 7:39:55 AM PST
I was getting around 4.3MB/sec write time for 3-8MB files (music).
The low-profile is going to go well with my new dual USB stereo, although the BT dongle is about the same size so it's a toss-up as to which goes where (front or glove compartment).
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2013 7:40:49 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2013 7:28:05 PM PST
george spelvin says:
Posted on Feb 18, 2013 3:12:59 PM PST
Timothy Brown says:
These are great for adding flash storage to routers running DD-WRT or TomatoUSB. If you're just installing optware to add additional software (BT, AirPlay, AirPrint, CUPS, etc.) then the speed doesn't really matter.