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This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler I - 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive DTI/4GB (Personal Computers)
This thumb drive is exactly what I wanted. Cheap, reliable, and without some kind of vendor supplied crapware that automatically runs when you insert the drive.
I use truecrypt for creating/using an encrypted partition. Works fine, but one word of warning. Format the encrypted partition as FAT. An NTFS partition running on a thumb drive can have dismount issues. Eventually, those issues will trash the partition.
I've run this drive for a month now and it has been fine even though it bangs around in a pocket with phone, knife, change, etc. A corsair drive failed after a few days of this treatment.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2008 5:43:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2008 5:45:21 PM PST
Ron B. says:
Posted on May 15, 2008 5:50:37 AM PDT
I am interested in hearing more about how "An NTFS partition running on a thumb drive can have dismount issues [that] will trash the partition".
Is this true if one would always go to My Computer - Disconnect to remove the drive? Is FAT more reliable for the forgetful user?
Posted on May 30, 2008 11:04:03 PM PDT
G. Smukal says:
I am not an expert, but just by using Windows Explorer, I found that the 4 GB drive uses FAT32, whereas drives 2 GB and smaller use FAT16. Perhaps it is possible to over-ride the native structure of the drive with NTFS, but I doubt it, and it really is not necessary. FAT32 utilizes its space well - a 1 KB GIF takes 4 KB on it, but a FAT16 2GB drive uses 32 KB for the same image.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2008 12:35:42 PM PDT
Tyler Forge says:
Yes, it's the forgetful user issue that got me. Yanking without dismounting, turning off the computer at the wrong time, that kind of stuff.
More recently, I've seen a formatting option to treat the drive as removable. This might make NTFS OK for us forgetful folk. Dunno. Haven't tested it.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2009 4:20:16 PM PDT
Marty d'Fried says:
There is a setting in the device manager for removable drives so you don't need to do the removal. Of course, you still don't want to remove it while it's being written to, so it doesn't hurt to dismount it if you can remember.
Posted on Aug 18, 2009 6:11:49 PM PDT
Mark Baum says:
Ah, a fellow TrueCrypt.org user! I figure any unencrypted flash drive is fair game so I did some experimenting.
My 4GB purple Kingston was wiped/formatted with TrueCrypt.org and converted to a mountable compressed NTFS host. I've been using it quite a lot and am always careful to first close any programs accessing the drive, dismount through TrueCrypt.org then click the "safe remove" icon in the system tray. So far I've had no problems. And certainly some users may think that's a lot of work just to remove the drive but I value my drive and its data (that's why it's encrypted).
For the usual "churn and burn" stuff I have a cheap 2GB Kingston DataTraveller which is both unencrypted and doesn't contain sensitive data. Most of the time I use that to exchange files from computers that don't host any type of encryption. I simply copy the files from it to the encrypted 4GB then wipe the files on the 2GB drive afterwards, although I feel that file wiping with wear-leveling technology may be counterproductive.
Y'know, in all honesty, I really don't know of many users that use crypto on their flash drives. You'd think that as the capacities grow larger and larger the mere instance of data loss through misplacing of the drive and having someone find all of that data in the clear would be a dire security concern. Even DVD and CD recordable media can have crypto applied to it for data security (that's my next experiment: Throwing some data into a TrueCrypt.org container file then burning that file to disc).
I'd rather have my portable hardware and media be as useful as a piece of unreadable plastic to outsiders.
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