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Other reviewers appear to have been happy with their drives
on April 7, 2017
I bought the SanDisk Cruzer 32Gb USB 2.0 Flash Drive so that I could use it as a boot drive to refresh a bios. The drive is equipped with those black and red colors; the black of the case, and the red color on the slide, plus the red of the name, all signs that carry the indication that, "this thing is professional, serious, and you won't feel ripped off if you buy this".
The first problem, the drive felt flimsy. The retractable connector, which once offered comfort, that it would be protected and without a cap that could get lost felt flimsy, and often would fail to lock. But of course the colors were correct, so I ignored that; Then drive failed to reformat, but it had the correct colors so I ignored that; then it began to have formatting problems but I ignored that; then it began to have write protection problems, but I couldn't ignore that; I had allowed myself to be fooled by the colors -- again!
After researching, (okay, google), on how to get around the problem, I discovered that this often happens with SanDisk drives, and there were many ways of addressing the issue. Via Windows: cmd command lines, regedit solutions; I could even format sometimes using MacOS is Mac formatting, though and windows NFTS but not fat 32, which is what I needed. No solution worked, and the disk failed overtime to restart the bios.
Other reviewers appear to have been happy with their drives; it may be connected with my need to use it as a boot-drive. Should this be the case this may well be a limitation that any buyer ought to consider. Its flimsy construction remains a concern, but you may want you buy a drive for short term use, as the failures were connected to reformatting; but try not to be fooled by its colors, seriously, this is not serious drive.