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150 Flashdrives / USB sticks reduced, incl. USB 2.0 & Readyboost
Quidco available

Some examples:

- SanDisk 2x 1GB Cruzer Crossfire USB 2.0 Flash Drive Twin pack - £4.99
- SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2GB USB Flash Drive (Inlcudes Skype) (White) - £5.99
- SanDisk 2GB Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive / Ready Boost Enabled - £6.49
- Maxell USB 2.0 Flash Drive 4GB Retractor - £6.99
- Play.com 4GB USB Flash Drive - £6.99
- Play.com 8GB USB Flash Drive - £11.49
- SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive 8GB - £11.99

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#3
#4
Is it worth it to buy up a load of 1 gig flash drives to keep movies on, e.g. 1 per movie, or is it better to rip them to dvd?
#5
I bought the SanDisk one, wrote 7gb to it, tried it on another computer and it was blank, then another 2 comps and it was blank and not showing up in My Computer or Manage Computers. Returned it on Monday.
#6
mooosey


This will have the skype software on (you'll still need a skype phone/headset to talk with). These drives can carry certain softwares without the need to install said software on the harddrive of the system in question.

Hope I made that clear enough.
#7
joooooster
Is it worth it to buy up a load of 1 gig flash drives to keep movies on, e.g. 1 per movie, or is it better to rip them to dvd?


I would say the memory stick if its cheaper, discs will become corrupt or damaged some time its only a matter of time.
#8
Wodja
I would say the memory stick if its cheaper, discs will become corrupt or damaged some time its only a matter of time.


Decent discs will last a long time, flash memory doesn't last forever either. Plus cost per GB is far higher with memory sticks.
#9
Wodja;3084959
I would say the memory stick if its cheaper, discs will become corrupt or damaged some time its only a matter of time.

I remember back in 1980 all the tales of woe regarding CDs saying that they would not work 5 years later. I can still play a 1980s CD (if I wanted too) and they work fine.
#10
Jefft
I remember back in 1980 all the tales of woe regarding CDs saying that they would not work 5 years later. I can still play a 1980s CD (if I wanted too) and they work fine.


I always heard that CDs would last a life time.
#11
I just received a sandisk 8gb and it is fast and real good.
#12
adgloride
I always heard that CDs would last a life time.


No data retention is infinite although I have a lot of CDs from the 80s that all work fine. Data retention on most USB drives is guaranteed to be effective for up to 10 years. In reality it will probably last a lot longer.
#13


Any idea if readyboost compatible or not?
#14
abx
I bought the SanDisk one, wrote 7gb to it, tried it on another computer and it was blank, then another 2 comps and it was blank and not showing up in My Computer or Manage Computers. Returned it on Monday.


did you try formatting it?
#15
solidamber
did you try formatting it?


When I got it, I reformatted it and wrote about 7gb of stuff to it without any problems. Then I tried it on another computer. It doesn't show up in "My Computer" or in "Manage Computer" so you can't reformat or do anything. Basically it was ******! :P
#16
I backed up a lot of my DVD collection to disc a few years ago in DivX format and I tried the other week to get some of my films onto my new PS3 hard drive, I found that I could not get any of the films of my most expensive discs (Packard Bell, Kodak and Sony), I was able to get all the films and tv programs of the cheapest discs that I used (unbranded £1:80 for 10) and I had stored most of the best movies on what I thought were the best discs (Kodak and Sony), Lucky I still have the originals on DVD.
#17
abx
I bought the SanDisk one, wrote 7gb to it, tried it on another computer and it was blank, then another 2 comps and it was blank and not showing up in My Computer or Manage Computers. Returned it on Monday.


I have had this problem in the past with USB disks, particularly SanDisk Cruzer 4GB models.

Every time, I've traced it to the USB disk trying to draw more power from the USB port than the port can actually supply eg. for the internal LED. This is often the case on front-mounted USB ports on desktops, and it can usually be solved by plugging them directly into the USB hub's ports on the rear of the PC.

I realise that this sounds like a hugely over-simplified solution to an electronic problem, but it's worth trying if this happens again in future.
suspended#18
wish play.com sold those PICO-C drives, they get 28mb/s read and 14mb/s in independant benchmarks, scan sells the 8gb for £17 ish.
#19
The Cruzer one is much nicer than the play.com (blue) one (i have both) Its smaller and better built. (less flimsy)
#20
I have two black Cruzer 4gb sticks and one 8gb Micro Cruzer (as shown in the OP). I prefer the latter as it feels like it's better built, not to mention quite a bit smaller - you can even remove the rubber casing if you want making it even smaller.

Put simply I won't be buying black Cruzer sticks in the near future (the fact that one is relatively slower than the other when they're meant to be identical annoyed me).
#21
What's the speeds like on the Cruizer micro? I'm looking to get an 8Gb+ drive myself, but speed is an issue for me.
#22
Sweetchuck
I have had this problem in the past with USB disks, particularly SanDisk Cruzer 4GB models.

Every time, I've traced it to the USB disk trying to draw more power from the USB port than the port can actually supply eg. for the internal LED. This is often the case on front-mounted USB ports on desktops, and it can usually be solved by plugging them directly into the USB hub's ports on the rear of the PC.

I realise that this sounds like a hugely over-simplified solution to an electronic problem, but it's worth trying if this happens again in future.


I tried it on my own PC, my laptop and the family PC and it worked on none on them :-(
#23
I can't do a write test on my Cruzer Micro as I've got valuable data on it and the whole drive is encrypted.

I can give you an idea of the sequential device read speed though (ignoring the filesystem):

micro
1342177280 bytes (1.3 GB) copied, 52.477 s, 25.6 MB/s


black, u3, non-ReadyBoost
1342177280 bytes (1.3 GB) copied, 80.562 s, 16.7 MB/s


The difference is pretty obvious though I should point out it's the slower twin (easy to determine, the led flashes like crazy).
#24
Great deal on the 8gb sandisk. Ordered and voted hot
#25
adgloride
I always heard that CDs would last a life time.


If you're the guy who recently tried to cross the channel by pedal powered balloon they probably will do.
#26
i need one for storing my photos .......please help i have no idea which to buy ...........
#27
adgloride
I always heard that CDs would last a life time.

When they first came out it was stated they had a 5-10 year life span, but as said before I have some cds from the mid 80s and they are still just fine.

/me waves to addy
#28
just ordered a sandisk 8gb drive 11.99....i want to put divx movies onto here and play them in my divx player via the usb port.....just realised...will my phillips divx player recongnise this as a 8gb drive?..??????????
#29
abx;3084922
I bought the SanDisk one, wrote 7gb to it, tried it on another computer and it was blank, then another 2 comps and it was blank and not showing up in My Computer or Manage Computers. Returned it on Monday.


These mount two drives I think one is read only, if you copied to that that would be why it didn't work.

solidamber;3085409
did you try formatting it?


No need unless you want to remove the U3 stuff.

abx;3085420
When I got it, I reformatted it and wrote about 7gb of stuff to it without any problems. Then I tried it on another computer. It doesn't show up in "My Computer" or in "Manage Computer" so you can't reformat or do anything. Basically it was ******! :P


I'm not completely sure but I think you have to use a Sandisk utility to remove the U3 stuff before reformatting it.

I've had these for a few years and they've been 100% reliable.
#30
billy bronco
just ordered a sandisk 8gb drive 11.99....i want to put divx movies onto here and play them in my divx player via the usb port.....just realised...will my phillips divx player recongnise this as a 8gb drive?..??????????


Yeah it should - just make sure you format it to FAT32 rather than NTFS.
#31
Just remember that as a FAT32 drive, it wont be able to store files greater than 4Gb (shouldn't be an issue for most, but it might be for some)
#32
Kushan
(shouldn't be an issue for most, but it might be for some)


Prime example being when the stick itself isn't greater than 4Gb :-D

But seriously, 8Gb sticks and over and the need to transfer files 4Gb and over = NTFS :)
#33
Jelly
Yeah it should - just make sure you format it to FAT32 rather than NTFS.

ta...m8:thumbsup:
#34
abx
I tried it on my own PC, my laptop and the family PC and it worked on none on them :-(


Never had any trouble with these on laptops; only on PCs with multiple front-mounted USB ports. The minute I tried the disks plugged directly into the hub on the back of the exact same machines, they worked a treat.

It may well be that you did simply get a duff one, though.

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