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8GB Optima High-speed USB Flash Drive £8.33 @ Sainsburys (instore)
8GB Optima High-speed USB Flash Drive £8.33 @ Sainsburys (instore)

8GB Optima High-speed USB Flash Drive £8.33 @ Sainsburys (instore)

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I've searched high and low but couldn't find this posted - cue someone to tell me that its already been done! Anyway, saw this instore today by entertainment/electrical section & behind the counter (if your sainsburys has one!), seemed to be plenty available:

8GB high speed USB 2.0 flash drive
Shock resistant & splash-proof
Available in pink or blue
Vista compatible (aren't they all??)

***EDIT*** Personally tested 8GB on Vista appears to work with readyboost (although packaging does not confirm this).

Also contains Secretzip software pre-installed on the Flashdrive:

SecretZip is a user-friendly, multi-featured compression and encryption tool that is
bundled with this PenDrive. Capable of running directly from the PenDrive, SecretZip
expands the available storage room in the USB device by providing zipping and
unzipping functions. Its graphical user interface provides easy-to-use drag and drop
functionality. It also includes the ability to decrypt Zip files encrypted with SecretZip,
providing high standards in data privacy. Having SecretZip in your PenDrive is a quick
and efficient way to transfer downloaded files because installation is not required;
zipping and unzipping files is just a few clicks on the mouse.

Also available:

4GB £4.66
2GB £2.99

14 Comments

Nice f ind

Very nice post. Great price. Heat added.

what is the speed of these then??

Original Poster

Here's a pic:
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/YaffleII/Photo0106.jpg

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rob585;4307141

what is the speed of these then??



High

It just means that if you have USB2.0 ports on your PC/Laptop, this drive will transfer data at the fastest speed possible (see below). If you have the older USB1.1 then it won't be working to its full potential.

A brief overview:

Finalized in 2001, Universial Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 is a complete overhaul of the Universal Serial Bus input/output bus protocol which allows much higher speeds than the older USB 1.1 standard did. The goal of the new serial bus is to broaden the range of external peripherals that can be used on a computer. A hard drive can easily hit the USB 1.1 bottleneck whereas it now becomes more 'usable' under USB 2.0 conditions.

USB 1.1 allowed a maximum transfer rate of 12Mbits/second. It is now obsolete, but both of its speeds (1.5Mbps & 12Mbps) are being adopted into USB 2.0, and they are now called Original USB officially. Though some manufacturers label their products Full-Speed USB. Note that this seems a bit deceptive as it's easy to mistake Full-Speed for Hi-Speed. You won't be fooled from now on as you now aware that Full Speed USB is only 12Mbits/second where Hi-Speed USB mode is capable of a much faster 480Mbits/second.

There, clear as mud :thumbsup:

professor yaffle;4307403

High



It looks like it says "Readyboost: No" in the image. That means it's not rated fast enough for Vista's Readyboost function.

Even if it is USB 2, it can still be slow flash memory.

true

Typical overall file transfer speeds vary considerably, and should be checked before purchase; speeds may be given in megabytes or megabits per second. Typical fast drives claim to read at up to 30 megabytes/s (MB/s) and write at about half that. Older "USB full speed" 12 megabit/s devices are limited to a maximum of about 1 MB/s.

Wikipidea Quote

Not to be confused with the PNY OPTIMA flash drive which is a well made high speed job, sadly a few quid more than this one but well worth it if it's speed and reliability you're after.

Nice one!

Dave-T;4308693

Not to be confused with the PNY OPTIMA flash drive which is a well made … Not to be confused with the PNY OPTIMA flash drive which is a well made high speed job, sadly a few quid more than this one but well worth it if it's speed and reliability you're after.

Very true. I've got the ]PNY 8Gb Optima (purchased for £17.99, £13.99 atm) & it's the fastest drive I've owned so far.

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hadley;4307736

It looks like it says "Readyboost: No" in the image. That means it's not … It looks like it says "Readyboost: No" in the image. That means it's not rated fast enough for Vista's Readyboost function.Even if it is USB 2, it can still be slow flash memory.



BTW although the packaging suggests this may not work with readyboost I tried this Flashdrive on my daughters laptop, running Vista Home Premium, and it let me configure it to use readyboost. I would imagine that Vista would not give you the option to do this if the flash drive wasn't up to it?

I got the last 4GB on the shelf at Upton, Wirral on Friday afternoon (it is pink!). There was a price label for the 2GB but none on shelf. Did not see any 8GB ones.

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mumbinns;4313263

I got the last 4GB on the shelf at Upton, Wirral on Friday afternoon (it … I got the last 4GB on the shelf at Upton, Wirral on Friday afternoon (it is pink!). There was a price label for the 2GB but none on shelf. Did not see any 8GB ones.



Loads of each in Wolverhampton (Wednesfield) yesterday :thumbsup:

professor yaffle;4307403

High :)It just means that if you have USB2.0 ports on your PC/Laptop, … High :)It just means that if you have USB2.0 ports on your PC/Laptop, this drive will transfer data at the fastest speed possible (see below). If you have the older USB1.1 then it won't be working to its full potential.A brief overview:Finalized in 2001, Universial Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 is a complete overhaul of the Universal Serial Bus input/output bus protocol which allows much higher speeds than the older USB 1.1 standard did. The goal of the new serial bus is to broaden the range of external peripherals that can be used on a computer. A hard drive can easily hit the USB 1.1 bottleneck whereas it now becomes more 'usable' under USB 2.0 conditions.USB 1.1 allowed a maximum transfer rate of 12Mbits/second. It is now obsolete, but both of its speeds (1.5Mbps & 12Mbps) are being adopted into USB 2.0, and they are now called Original USB officially. Though some manufacturers label their products Full-Speed USB. Note that this seems a bit deceptive as it's easy to mistake Full-Speed for Hi-Speed. You won't be fooled from now on as you now aware that Full Speed USB is only 12Mbits/second where Hi-Speed USB mode is capable of a much faster 480Mbits/second.There, clear as mud :thumbsup:



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