|Hard Drive||8 GB|
: LaCie PetiteKey - 8GB Flash USB Stick, USB 2.0 - LAC9000346
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- 100-meter waterproof
- Scratch-resistant connector
- Compact, metal key design
- Design by 5.5 Designers
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Small on the surface, big on the inside
With the LaCie PetiteKey, compact design meets solid data protection and capacity. The key-shaped design is back, now even more functional and memorable than ever before. Best of all, the PetiteKey's 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models allow you to fit an enormous amount of data in a small flash drive.
When it comes to accidental data loss with external drives, one of the biggest killers is water damage. Splashes, spills, and deep dives into puddles can mean the end for many thumb drives – but not the mighty PetiteKey. The PetiteKey is resistant to splashes and spills – but most impressive, its 100-meter waterproof design means you'll never have to worry about accidentally leaving your keys in your pants on laundry day.
Also, its connector is scratch-resistant, meaning you'll never have to worry about your keys damaging the thumb drive while they're sliding around in your pocket.
The LaCie PetiteKey comes with LaCie Private-Public software, which helps to keep your data safe with AES 256-bit encryption and password protection. Create a password-protected area on your thumb drive and store all of your confidential information for maximum security.
With the LaCie PetiteKey, compact design meets solid data protection and capacity. The key-shaped design is back - now even more functional and memorable than ever before. Best of all, the PetiteKey's 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models allow you to fit an enormous amount of data in a small flash drive.
Top Customer Reviews
The physical size is very small in comparison to other "normal" flash drives and even to most keys (see my customer image). It's also as thick and as light as a key, so nothing weighing you down. It feels solid enough - though I wouldn't try running it over with my car or anything. And even though it claims to be waterproof, I'm not about to test it intentionally. :-) No cap to loose - the connector is recessed below some metal. It moves freely around my standard key ring without trouble. I'll say it "blends well" with the other keys due to the shape.
Usable capacity after being formatted with NTFS is: 30,988,759,040 bytes (28.8 GBs)
Tested read/write speeds out of CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 are 20.0 MB/sec and 5.6 MB/sec respectively (see my customer image). I confirmed the same numbers independently by copying a 4 GB file to and from the flash drive. About 85 minutes to fill it to capacity and 24 minutes to read it all back. They are respectable, but definitely won't win any awards. Still, remember that the use-case for this drive is portability first and foremost. It'll work fine for occasional backups and transfers, but less so with SpeedBoost or bootable OS images. The drive is a USB 2.0 model which is more than adequate considering the peak speed.
I haven't had the durability/bending problems mentioned by Robert S. Perhaps it was an issue that was fixed in the last 8 months, and they are making them more durable now. Or at least it is a manufacturing problem that is inconsistent.
Overall, it's a great product and no complaints (yet).
+ Size. As far as a flash drive goes, it's on the smaller size, and very thin. The half-connector used here means that the PetiteKey need not have the "fuller" thickness associated with a standard flash drive, and it's diminutive size makes it easy to carry on a keyring. Similarly, its weight is marginal, and you won't notice it at all in your pocket.
+ Keyring form factor. Slip it on your keyring (or a BladeKey Bolt, in my case), and you've got a flash drive you'll always have with you and (hopefully) never lose. That opens up a number of possibilities for how you use a flash drive.
+ Good capacity and speed. It's nothing to get worked up about, but the PetiteKey is perfectly serviceable for data transfers and media. But as with all USB 2.0 flash drives, don't expect to find high-bandwidth transfers to be a joy.
- Metal flaps protecting the USB contacts can dig into things under the drive. That can be an issue if you're using something like a BladeKey, as they may "catch" the key under them.
- Exposed contacts. Never had an issue with this, but I am certain it will shorten the lifetime of this flash drive a bit. That said, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
- Smaller keyhole size. This means you do have to be somewhat careful as to what kind of ring or other attachment device you use to clip this onto.
- USB 2.0. It's fine for basic data, but if you expect to do some real data lifting here, use a USB 3.0 drive of some description. But you knew that one already.
I've enjoyed having mine a great deal, and carry it much more often than I do my credit card-style flash drive. Not a bad buy, even for the price.
I attach it to my regular keychain and it goes with me everywhere I go. Since the time I've had this PetiteKey, I have had it attached to my keychain riding my scooter bike in 30 degree cold and in 100 degree heat. The temperature does not affect this product whatsoever.
I have also dropped my keychain on the ground numerous times and every time I plug the PetiteKey into my laptop, it's always working. That tells me that it's a very durable product. I also like the fact that it "blends" in with the keys. Most people would never guess that it's a USB drive.