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  1. scott0999

    scott0999 Thread Starter

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    I'm thinking about getting one of those usb pen drives so I can download stuff at work and take it home (i have dialup and they have dsl)..question is my work of course only has usb 1.1 and I have 2.0 at home. is this going to work? also whats a good drive to get? thanks!
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Yep, it'll work just fine. You'll obviously have slower access at work, around 1 mbyte/sec read/write, but that's the only difference.

    As far as brands, as cheap as they are, I'd just go for any recognizable brand and shop for price. Here's where I'd look first:

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    Tech Bargains

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    If you check these pages for a week or two, a deal will probably come along on a 512mb model for $20 or less after rebate.
     
  3. scott0999

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    cool thanks and does anyone here have one of those drives and could recommend a good one?
     
  4. qldit

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    Good Afternoon scott, you would be better with a USB-2 model, they are all pretty good, I have half a dozen (all different) but for some odd reason I like the Kingston ones best. Probably because they look nicer.(LOL)
    Some have swing-away covers that don't get lost which is a good idea.
    Once you get used to using them you are never without them.
    I have one with an operating system on it, it actually boots the machine like a hard drive, certainly the way of the future.
    Happy driving.
    qldit.
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I have a bunch of them, the Lexar and SanDisk ones are the ones I reach for when I need one. My SanDisk 512mb model is the newest, and the fastest using USB 2.0.
     
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    I agree with John. SanDisk products are very good. I have numerous SanDisk SD cards and a couple of USB drives, and they all work very well.
     
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    Good Morning Happy chappies, yes the speed difference between using a USB-1 and -2 flashdrives is quite remarkable.
    It is also interesting to note they are identified differently in some Linux versions, USB-1 shows as MS DOS device and USB-2 as Windows device in this one.

    FYI Johnwill, that Recovery Manager program I mentioned has recovered numerous flashdrives that have become unreadable in my experience.
    The destructions for that program http://vaiosoft.com/ suggest it is specifically for flash devices.
    The last couple of chaps on this site with flash problems never replied a fix, but I suspect that was the case.
    There must be some odd little hic-cup that causes this read problem, it is becoming quite common.
    One instruction set I had suggested to avoid using ordinary windows format for formatting flashdrives but I never learned why.

    I think anyone using these kind of drives might best get a copy of this program before it goes commercial and costs, it certainly is a gem. (and it is free!)
    Of course if you have the program you will probably never need it! (LOL)
    Cheers, qldit.
     
  8. acameron

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    Hi Everyone,

    The USB drives are very handy. What I really like is my Ipod Shuffle. It holds 512mb of music or data. The Itunes software that comes with it allows for setup of a music/data partition and it will hold any combination of both. Really cool and not bad on the wallet for around $99.00 (y)
     
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    Im very happy with Iomega mini drive, I have both a 512 and 1 gig version. They are small, and come with a ball bearing necklace and key fob
     
  10. JohnWill

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    Ball bearing necklace? Is that to make the FLASH drive roll easier? :D
     
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