OT: Great Titanium Flash Drive, Great Price

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Journey, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. Journey

    Journey Guest

    I posted a link to a Kingston flash drive the other day. After more
    research, this appears to be the best

    SanDisk 2 GB Cruzer Titanium


    It's now $36.99 on Amazon. It's made out of Titanium, can withstand
    2,000 pounds of pressure, which has been put to the test on a few
    review sites.

    It has a retraction mechanism so there is no cap to keep track of.

    It has "U3" (which I am not familiar with), but that can be removed if
    not wanted.

    For use on a laptop, there are some USB "corner" flex adapters, so the
    USB key is verticle, instead of horizontally sticking out, which may
    result in damage to a laptop if the key is hit against something.

    Here's a link to one:


    Journey, Mar 10, 2007
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  2. Hi!
    Thanks for the link. I've been thinking of buying a bigger one. Now, where's
    my truck to help me test this theory?
    For all their failings, floppy diskettes fit completely inside the drive.
    You can't shear them off by walking around with the laptop. :) This and the
    nearly universal compatability is why my Latitude D800 spends 90+% of its
    time with the floppy drive in place.

    William R. Walsh, Mar 10, 2007
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  3. Journey

    Journey Guest

    Hi -- Google the name of the drive + "Review". There are at least 3
    videos of trucks and cars running over the drive!

    There is also a 4G version of the drive, but the 2G is the best value.
    The value of the 4G would be more room to try the "U3" programs
    (programs like Firefox and Open Office that can be run right from the
    drive). That might be more useful for students, but I don't have a
    need for it.
    Very good point.

    By the way, most people probably know this, but the two things I do
    before buying a product are:

    1. Go out to Amazon and read the user reviews.

    2. Google the name of the product + "Review"

    For #2, I look for any review but in particular CNET reviews. The
    editor review isn't always the greatest but often there is a video of
    the product being used by the reviewer, so it gives a good idea of
    size, etc.

    Also for # 2 there are also user reviews. I find the Amazon and other
    user reviews do a good job of describing the product, and details over
    time such as problems fixed by flash updates, etc., and if the product
    is a year old, initially it may have had problems but the most current
    reviews may indicate that they have been fixed.
    Journey, Mar 10, 2007
  4. Journey

    Journey Guest

    Journey, Mar 10, 2007
  5. A key point that you did not address (and to which I do not know the
    answer) is whether or not this drive can be used as a "ReadyBoost" drive
    with Vista.
    Barry Watzman, Mar 10, 2007
  6. Journey

    RnR Guest

    I own several 2gb thumb drives and gave them to my daughters (I
    actually needed bigger) and bought a 4gb micro cruzer thumb drive and
    like it a lot. I got it on sale and I think I paid slightly less than
    double of what price you mentioned about 2 or so months ago. I don't
    leave home without it. It is also U3 but not recommended for truck
    runovers (well actually I didn't test this but don't plan to either).
    When I read about U3, a lot of people didn't seem to like it because
    U3 took up space but I like the U3 security because I store passwords.
    Most of those people who didn't like U3 tho, had 2gb thumb drives and
    to me that's more of an issue (if any) for 2 vs 4 gb thumb drives.

    I agree it's good to read reviews before buying anything. I usually
    read either cnet's reviews or pricegrabber's reviews from users. I
    also prefer to read owners reviews over the critics reviews.
    RnR, Mar 10, 2007
  7. Journey

    georgie Guest

    georgie, Mar 10, 2007
  8. Journey

    RnR Guest

    Perhaps not mentioned because I think he and most don't buy it for
    that reason. Personally I could care less and only bought the thumb
    drive for portability. I don't see a need to go to Vista but should I
    consider Vista it won't be before SP1 or later. I just read too many
    opinions, none saying how great Vista was. At best, some say it's
    nice but don't seem to say you should get rid of XP in favor of Vista.
    And some even prefer XP over Vista so I conclude Vista can wait.
    RnR, Mar 10, 2007
  9. Journey

    Journey Guest

    If you like user reviews, I suggest definitely looking at Amazon's.
    That is the first place I go for user reviews.

    CNET's already been mentioned, but if you are looking for specific
    kinds of devices, such as a digital camera, there are really good ones
    that go into a lot of detail -- dpreview and Steve's Digicams are two
    examples. For notebooks, I could have the name wrong but there is a
    site called notebookreview.com that does a better job than cnet.

    A good starting point to learn about where the other review sites are,
    which you will discover over time, is as mentioned before entering the
    product name + "Review" into Google.
    Journey, Mar 10, 2007
  10. Journey

    Journey Guest

    Hi, I'm glad you mentioned this. I had read about ReadyBoost a while
    ago but had forgotten about it. With my laptop, I have two hard
    drives, one with Vista and one with XP (which is my main one). I'll
    try ReadyBoost on Vista just for fun and see if it makes a difference.

    My main purpose of the flash drive though is simply to be able to have
    my data available on my desktop or laptop rather than try to sync
    files in some other way.

    I just got the titanium drive today and it's great. I am tempted to
    buy another at this price, but I'll use this and then get a 4G one
    when that comes down in price.
    Journey, Mar 10, 2007
  11. Journey

    RnR Guest

    Thanks Journey. I already know of some of the sites you mentioned
    (and used them) but not all so I'll make a note of your post.

    Thank you again Journey !
    RnR, Mar 10, 2007
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