Saturday, August 28, 2004

SanDisk Cruzer Mini

The SanDisk Cruzer Mini 1GB USB drive that I ordered from NewEgg arrived yesterday. It's about the size of a pack of Wrigley's gum and is thin enough that it shouldn't block access to the other USB port on my laptop.

The unit came with three, differently colored caps for the male USB connector, and a lanyard. This morning I copied over between 550 - 600 megs of files. This took about 5 minutes using the USB 2.0 port on my Dell Latitude. While backward compatible with USB 1.1, the read and write speeds will be much slower.

Incuded with the SanDisk unit is their CruzerLock app, which can be used to encrypt a portion of the drive.

I plan to leave some free space on the drive in case I need to use it for sneaker-netting files from one PC to another. If I run into any weird issues I'll post them as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Geoff Timm here, only problem I've run into with a solid drive is some computers running XP won't find it. Waiting for a time the computer isn't doing something that requires disk access helps.

Also, some workstations have been set up to boot from the USB port, but it hasn't been consistant between two alledgedly identical machines.

Who notes the falling prices, 512 MB 2003 $360, 2004 $90, the mind boggles.