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- Shows up as both a flash and optical drive.
- Requires a microSD memory card (NOT included).
- Never burn another CD, just copy your .iso files to isostick!
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Pop a microSD card (not included) in your isostick, stop burning CDs, and start saving time. When you plug in your isostick, two drives will appear: an optical drive and a flash drive. The flash drive gives direct access to the microSD card.
Keep all your iso9660 (.iso) images and other files on the flash drive, and you can "insert" the images into the optical drive any time you want, as if they were real discs. The computer thinks a real CD/DVD drive is attached--you can even boot from it!
Read speed up to 12.5MiB/s depending on the microSD card used. That's 81x in CD speeds, or 9.46x in DVD speeds! Also, because there's no seek time, they're even faster than a real disc would be at those speeds.
Stop carrying around CD cases full of utilities and OS installers -- put an isostick on your keychain.
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Update Jan 2015: Still no updates, this product has been abandoned and does not work on newer computers. DO NOT BUY. Also there is now a free tool called Easy2Boot, which turns any usb key into an isostick, and so far actually works much better for me. There is potential in combining the isostick and Easy2Boot to get the best of both worlds too, if you have already bought one.
Unfortunately, it's not clear to me that the manufacturer is shipping a beta-quality product with little or no quality control measures. Mine is defective fresh out of the box - it can read, but not write (regardless of what position the write-protect switch is in) to microSD media. I've tried numerous microSD cards from numerous brands, all of which are confirmed to read/write successfully, but none work with my isostick.
I'm willing to tolerate quirks with its software and compatibility with certain systems, but shipping a DOA device is pretty unforgivable, especially when testing basic read/write functionality is a pretty simple QA task.
The developer is a great guy. Responsive and willing to help, but just can't seem to put the time in to make this product a success. And it could be a success were he to do so. It is small & portable. And when it works, very, very useful. But it doesn't work all of the time and it becomes tedious to jump through the hoops to make it work (put the isostick in another computer, edit the config file, save, exit, go back to the machine you want to boot.).
I thought about returning it, but decided that it could still be useful, it's just not my 'Go To' tool.
I wound up buying a Zalman ZM-VE300. It's what I wanted the isoStick to be. A simple, just use the manual toggle to put the iso on stage and boot (both of these tools may require booting from the bios/uefi boot menu or editing the bios/uefi to boot from the device). It's not as small, but certainly easy to carry and does its job.
That said, I'd pass on the IsoStick if I knew then what I know now. But I can still definitely use it, so it gets 3 stars. Further development could prompt me to give it a higher rating. Time will tell.
Computer recognized as a device. No driver to be found, anywhere.
Their site is void of information.
I took a chance on a new-to-market product, and I lost.
Seller/Manufacturer was very responsive. For some reason, the unit I received was not programmed at the factory. A new one was sent out immediately, and arrived in 2 days.
So far, it works very well. There are a few machines that have compatibility issues. However, I was able to use this on my Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga. I haven't been able to boot off of many devices with this laptop. So, I am very pleased.
This is a 5 star product. I'm only giving 4 stars due to the first arriving in a non-functional state.
I have used this for several ESX installs, windows installs, OSX installs, and recovery CDs. I only ever had it fail on one of my computers, it wouldnt boot cds from it for some reason. It sure does save me work having to screw with boot usb keys.
Easy to use
Can carry tons of cds at your finger tips.
Also able to store a small amount of data on the internal CF if I need it.
There is a limitation of 2g files because of FAT formatting.
Have to go in and edit files to change what cd is plugged in (not a big deal)
Some compatibility issues
Artificially rate limited, but still pretty speedy.