Iomega Mini Drive review: Iomega Mini Drive

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The Good Good design; considerable space for labeling; supports portable versions of some common applications.

The Bad Expensive.

The Bottom Line The Mini is expensive, but Iomega's Active Disk technology gives it the edge over less useful flash drives.

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Iomega Mini

The Iomega Mini is 3.37 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 0.37 inches thick--about the size of a tube of lipstick and almost three times larger than its tiny cousin, the Micro Mini . Dressed in a snazzy silver-and-gray plastic casing, the Mini has a belt clip and a cool metal ring that fastens around the length of the drive to prevent the cap from falling off and to allow for a keyring attachment. Iomega includes a few precut labels, which you can tuck behind a small, clear window on the drive's side. Aside from the labels and a brief, multilingual installation guide, the Mini does not come with any extras.

However, like Iomega's Micro Mini flash drive, the Mini supports Iomega's handy and unique Active Disk technology, which lets you use certain applications on any computer you plug into, even if the computer doesn't have those programs installed. A number of Active Disk-enabled programs are available for free on Iomega's Web site, including Preclick, a photo-editing app; PocoMail for e-mail; Musicmatch Jukebox, a digital-music player; and &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex_1&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eiomega%2Ecom%2Fsoftware%2F">many more. Take note, however, that these programs will use up drive memory.

The Mini is available in capacities ranging from 128MB to 1GB. The 128MB model that we looked at costs around $70, or about 55 cents per megabyte, which is relatively expensive compared to other drives.

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Iomega Mini Drive

Part Number: 32712 Released: Jan. 29, 2004

MSRP: $69.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan. 29, 2004
  • Form Factor USB Drive
    Mini Drive
    SmartMedia card
    SD memory card
    Memory Stick Pro
    Memory Stick
    CompactFlash Card
  • Type Flash
  • Storage Capacity 128 MB