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SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ6-016G-A11
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- So light and portable, it can be taken anywhere.
- No more lost caps! Retractable USB connector prevents accidental breakage and prolongs product life.
- Small size makes it easy to carry with a set of keys.
- The easy way to store, share and play your favorite video files.
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|Digital Storage Capacity||16 GB||64 GB||32 GB||16 GB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||USB 2.0|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 7 x 0.5 in||0.8 x 2.31 x 0.4 in||0.63 x 0.34 x 0.75 in||0.82 x 0.44 x 2.37 in|
|Item Weight||1.12 ounces||0.64 ounces||0.32 ounces||0.32 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 GB||64 GB||32 GB||16 GB|
Sandisk's compact Sandisk SDCZ6016GA11 16GB Cruzer Micro Flash Drive (UFD) connects to your PC's USB port, so you can easily store your key documents, pictures, music and video clips. And with 16GB of storage, Sandisk SDCZ6016GA11 16GB Cruzer Micro Flash Drive can transfer a wealth of digital data onto another PC. So small it fits on any keychain. Features a retractable design, and has no cap -- that you'd wind up losing anyway!
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The 2GB drives were used straight out of the box, w/ the irritating U3 software very much in place and most importantly with the drives configured for FAT32, an absolute must with the Kameleon because it's not NTFS-friendly. The smaller cap Cruzer Micros were fast to write and transfer to, so I expected the same from the 16GB Cruzer Micro. All of the computers I plugged it into saw it fine, noted the U3 software, and wrote and retrieved from it without significant angst. Although I did detect that the small test file writes and deletions seemed slower than the performance from any of its 2GB siblings, I decided that the flash drive was safe to use and went ahead with loading it up with music files. MediaMonkey and playlists was used to sync from the media library stored on an XP box. Right away I noticed how slow the drive writing was by following the status count at the bottom of the MediaMonkey window. Very USB 1.x speeds...at best. To be honest I don't know how long it took to copy 7.5GB (3500+ songs/folders) or so of song files that made up this copy session; after about an hour or so (perhaps 20% done at best) I went to bed and let the copying finish its course on its own.
The copying was complete when checked on the next morning. Testing the 16GB drive in the car, the Kameleon refused to read the stick, instead citing an error message that the drive was defective. Checked it with a laptop only to find that it saw the drive with no apparent problems; copying and playing files off the drive showed that the data integrity seemed fine. Returned the Cruzer Micro to the car only to find the same error. After three or four more failed attempts, the U3 software was wiped to see if that was causing problems. A new, smaller set of music was then synced to the device--again transfer speed was very UN-USB 2.x--and checked again in the car only to find the SAME error message once again.
At this point on this particular Friday I set the 16GB Cruzer Micro aside, returned to Amazon.com and order up a highly user-rated 16GB Kingston DataTraveler I flash drive, a brand that I've only had experience with its CompactFlash and SD cards. Upon the arrival of the Kingston the following Monday (via Amazon Prime membership), I copy over roughly 3GB of music to it and noticed right away that its write speed was markedly faster than the 16GB Cruzer Micro. Then the acid test...lo and behold the Kameleon has no problem seeing the DataTraveler at all, or playing any of the music loaded on it.
The thinking at this point was that this particular 16GB Cruzer Micro may be defective. Yet it may not be since all computers it was connected to saw it, wrote to it and read from it with no errors. Even my PS3 Chubby saw the stick and its contents; only my car's head unit had a known problem with it. So is it really defective or just a compatibility issue? So I picked up another 16GB Cruzer Micro locally from a certain popular warehouse store with an accommodating return policy, and who must remain (somewhat) nameless since Amazon seems to hate when C-O-S-T-C-O is mentioned in review text. The second 16GB drive was equally USB 1.x slow to write to, but this one the Kameleon had no problems seeing or playing music from. Since I bought the original problematic 16GB drive from a Marketplace seller, I'm loathed to deal with the potential hassle and expense of returning and requesting a refund for an item that seems to work in all but one case, especially one where it's been modified from the default settings with the removal of the U3 software. Instead I decide to reformat the drive to see if there's a problem with the FAT32; once new music was loaded the device was tested again in the car...and this time success in getting the car deck to see and play from the drive.
As a result of this problematic first 16GB Cruzer Micro drive, I have THREE 16GB units in my possession where I originally wanted only one. Fortunately one can go back to the warehouse store with a legitimate complaint (slow write speed). The Kingston isn't going anywhere except in the car due to its realistic USB 2.0 write performance. And the original 16GB Cruzer Micro that started all this? It grudgingly remains as a backup stick...a SLOW, laughably-rated USB 2.0 backup stick that no amount of tweaking and optimizing within Windows will extract any added speed. The lesson? I should've believed the reviews that cited the awful speed performance instead of believing the masses and my disbelieving gut thanks to my 2GB Cruzer Micro experiences that said this 16GB version was and had to be equally great. That would've saved a lot of headache, time and heartache, not to mention the $35 or so that this overpriced slug cost for the privilege of experiencing this irritating episode.
Live and learn.
That being said, having access to a frequently used software application, e.g., Mozilla Firefox, and preserving the manner in which you have configured it is extremely nice, especially if you spend time working on different computers. Your preferences, shortcuts, and bookmarked Web sites all remain in tact.
My jaw dropped when I found this particular item on Amazon. For the past three years, I have been using a 4GB SanDisk Cruzer. I have been repeatedly considered purchasing a larger Cruzer but have been reluctant to do so because of the prices that major retailers, e.g., Best Buy and Office Depot, command for 8GB and 16GB models. A quick check of several Web sites confirmed my suspicions: Amazon's price of $34.95 (as of this review) is a steal when compared to the sites of said major retailers, who sell the exact same Cruzer for $79.99 or more.
Upon opening the Cruzer's shipping materials, I suspected that the flash drive might be counterfeit as the plastic packaging seemed to be more minimal in nature that what I expected. It also noticed subtle differences between my 4GB model and this new 16GB model.
Fearing that I may have purchased a counterfeit Cruzer, I visited an Office Depot in order to compare the flash drive that I had received versus the ones being sold at a brick-and-mortar store. Sure enough, SanDisk has changed the manner in which it packages its flash drives in order to use as little packaging as possible. My few other misgivings were addressed, too, one of which concerned the SanDisk logo on the packaging. (Apparently, SanDisk has refreshed its corporate logo a bit.)
In summary, I cannot believe that I was able to purchase a bonafide 16GB SanDisk Cruzer for approximately half of what I would spend elsewhere. If you are in need of a flash drive, I would not hesitate to recommend this SanDisk model, as well as this seller.
SanDisk is my preferred brand for flash drives. I have four of them, and they've all performed perfectly. The Cruzer Micro 16 GB was my first 16 GB flash drive, and I'm still using it every day.
Highly recommended for its proven long-term reliability.