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ReadyBoost compliant
Brilliant amber LED
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified (backwards compatible with all USB 1.1 ports)
Compatible with Windows Vista, 2000, XP and Mac OS X v10.1.2+
Certified Windows 2000, XP and Mac OS X
U3 Smart enabled
Includes the following U3 compatible PC programs: CruzerSync desktop synchronization tool, SignupShield password manager, SKYPE, PC to PC video and audio calls, antivirus software
Retractable USB connector
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#1
great price

voted hot
#2
Good spot Koma Toes :)
#3
Thanks edi!
I thought it was mucho cheapo when it was £16.99! ;-)
#4
Great stick, I use it to watch divX files on my main TV. The large orange light can be a little distracting though, I wonder if it can be dimmed or disabled?

Great value, and I like the U3 compatability

Cheers
Simon
#5
Bear in mind this does not work with vista!
#6
bill65
Bear in mind this does not work with vista!


Why not? it says vista compatible.
#7
i thought ReadyBoost was for Vista, so how can it not be compatible with vista
#8
bill65
Bear in mind this does not work with vista!

What doesn't?

U3 works with Vista and readyboost doesn't work with anything else? I have the 1gb and 2gb versions of this and they work fine with Vista, XP, Win2k and Win2003 server. Can't see why the 4gb one wouldn't work.
#9
mine works ok with vista
#10
What is ReadyBoost?

I've noticed there is another Sandisk 4Gb pen on Amazon for £13.42 which seems to do the same job but less installed software.
#12
bill65
Bear in mind this does not work with vista!


I have one and it works fine with the versions of Vista that I run (Home Premium, Ultimate and Business).

A very good price. Voted hot.
1 Like #13
Kulaak
What is ReadyBoost?

I've noticed there is another Sandisk 4Gb pen on Amazon for £13.42 which seems to do the same job but less installed software.


the one above isn't sold by amazon so there would be extra delivery charges as it is from th emarketplace.

ReadyBoost:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReadyBoost
#14
I wouldnt suggest anyone to get this. everytime you go to any computer you have to install a stupid software supplied, and I dont mean a small one like any other stick does which can be used after 10 seconds, this literally NEEDS a long software installation everytime you just want to see whats on the stick at a mates house per se.
#15
No you don't. You can either set it so it doesn't auto run or you can delete it completely. These are excellent memory sticks.
#16
you can format it.......
#17
I love the detailed Tech advice by non-tech users. Readyboost is a vista-only concept, so this stick will work with Vista. If you DONT have vist, IT WILL STILL WORK!.

*IF* you want to insatll the software on the stick, it will take a little while. *IF* you don't, and delete it, it will install just like a normal memory stick.

Great price, good find. I was just looking at these. Thanks OP!
#18
Thanks, just ordered one for my car :thumbsup:
#19
lol.. people who can't understand basic stuff should stop shouting "Won't work with vista" and just get back to their "PC for Dummies" aka Mac :giggle:
#20
Nice price! I think I paid about 25 for mine and thought I was getting a good deal. I've yet to be convinced by the whole U3 thing, although there's nothing to stop you removing that if you don't use it.

E.
#21
Great, ordered one. I've been using one of these a loaned from a friend. It all works fine with vista, you may just need to right click the U3 icon and select properties/compatibility, then select tyo make it run as if it's on windows xp. That usually sorts out any software that does not like vista.
#22
Can someone who has one do a speed test on it and post back the results?
These 2 software are good for testing speeds of drives and are both free
http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public/index.php?request=HdTach
http://www.hdtune.com/
#23
jinkssick
I wouldnt suggest anyone to get this. everytime you go to any computer you have to install a stupid software supplied, and I dont mean a small one like any other stick does which can be used after 10 seconds, this literally NEEDS a long software installation everytime you just want to see whats on the stick at a mates house per se.



Just uninstall the supplied U3 software then... that way it will just act like a normal external mini hard drive

http://www.u3.com/uninstall/
#24
Great price, heat added thanks!
#25
If you need 2 of these, go to Play.com and order 2 for £33.98.
The use the £5 off voucher to get them for £28.98 delivered.

That saves you a massive 50p on each! Well it's cheaper anywhos ;)

Shima
#26
Good call, Shima!
#27
ought one a few weeks ago, cant stand it!

The light on the side cant be dimmed or turned off and the transfer rate is TERRIBLE!

You get about 2mb/sec for read and write on the USB pen, ridiculously slow
#28
I assume the high speed version of this drive is the Titanium Cruzer with 15Mb/s transfer?
1 Like #29
I just bought the "Cruzer Micro U3 4GB Readyboost" (it's important to be specific as the models keep changing!). It's just a regular USB flash drive with two special features;

1) It's U3-enabled which means that when you plug it in, before it appears as "removable disk" in your explorer, it boots up a mini-operating system which shows as "U3 system" in your explorer with a CD icon (I think the reason it has CD icon is that it's emulating a CD-rom auto-boot, bit of a fudge). For me the nice thing about this is you can password-protect the whole device ("removable disk" doesn't show until you enter the password). Hint: if your PC has auto-boot for other devices disabled you can double-click launchu3.exe from the U3 system drive to make the removable disk icon appear. U3 also apparently allows you to run applications from the device but I don't really have a need for this.

2) It's bundled with free CruzerSync software (complete licence). This apparently used to be bundled only with the "titanium" series but now seems to be thrown in with the "micro" ones too. This software runs from the device and allows you to sync Outlook, Web browser and - most importantly - regular files. This means it's an effective way to back up your PC (as long as you don't have > 3.7GB or so of data). So what? You can do that without special software? Well, this allows you to "sync" (only backup the changes since last backup) and, crucially, it automatically encrypts all files with 128 bit AES (effectively unbreakable without military hardware) and the whole thing is password protected at a cruzersync profile level (in addition to the U3 device password). This means if you lose your device no-one can read the data - something the Inland Revenue may want to look into :-) The CruzerSync software is a bit clunky and not particularly intuitive but it does the job.

Other than that, it's just a regular USB flash drive. Doesn't seem quite as robust as my Buffalo device and I'm not entirely convinced by the sliding mechanism (moving parts tend to break eventually in my experience) but for the price you can't really complain. Oh and I've no idea what "readyboost" is - something for vista I think (I use XP Pro).

I use this all the time.At home, at work, at family and friends houses.
Its a treat to use.
I got rid of the installed software - some of you may find it useful but
I didn't.
Am a tad dissapointed at the write speed but overall I
love this product.(4.8 mb/s for a 700mb avi file - my timing)
Also, this does not work with Vista and there is no help on Sandisks
website about this problem.

Oh btw - At the time I bought this it was £23 on ebay - It was under
£20 on Amazon.
http://www.it-director.com/marketplace.php?asin=B000PD4H38
#30
bill65
I just bought etc. etc. etc.

Might be an idea to say you are quoting other peoples comments, instead of just posting them with no indication that they are from another website... :thumbsup:
#31
tsinc80697
ought one a few weeks ago, cant stand it!

The light on the side cant be dimmed or turned off and the transfer rate is TERRIBLE!

You get about 2mb/sec for read and write on the USB pen, ridiculously slow


yup, i've got the 2gb version and its stupidly slow at writing (reading isn't as bad) yesterday it was 6mins to write a 600mb iso.

a mate said the u3 doesn't work on vista, it becomes annoying on xp anyway, on linux it just shows up as a cd device!

you'd think the readyboost drives would be fast, kinda defeats the object otherwise!

its not even a great price - average for 4gb is about 16-17ukp these days, and if this is one of the slower ones....
banned#32
Why on earth won't it work with Vista? It must do as readyboot is a Vista only feature.
#33
sej7278
its not even a great price

So where can you get a brand name like this for less? :thumbsup:
#34
Thanks Koma Toes - this'll go perfectly with the divx player I bought last week. :D
Heat and rep added.
#35
Koma Toes
Might be an idea to say you are quoting other peoples comments, instead of just posting them with no indication that they are from another website... :thumbsup:

My profuse apologies:oops:
#36
bill65
My profuse apologies:oops:

No need to apologise :thumbsup: It's a good idea to quote your sources so people know where info is coming from though. ;-)
#37
I really like these drives, I think the design is very neat as the drive itself is small and there is no cap.

The only annoyance is the U3 software however this is not too big an issue, just disable autorun when you insert the USB drive and then run the U3 uninstaller and you will then have a standard USB drive.

Glad I didn't order this a couple of days ago for 17 pounds...

John
#38
So, is everyone scared to do a speed test on theirs?
It must be really slow as bill65 stated then :)
#39
I have a cruzer micro, and the end bit is just too wide to go into a Compaq usb port on the front of the machine. Apart from that I love it.
I prefere my Kingston "fun" usb stick tho, and that does fit.

If you dont like the way U3 works, and I dont, use portableapps instead. Great, and quick

toad
#40
I've yet to find solid speed stats for this - but all the (personal) reviews say that it's slow. Which would suggest that it's fine for storing a load of data, but possibly not ideal for ReadyBoost or other applications where speed is a benefit. My guess is that it's fast enough for non-HD video playback, at least.

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