SanDisk also includes two innovative features with the Cruzer. The first is that deleted files on the drive will remain available for download from the Web site until the entire drive is filled to capacity, in which case the deleted files are removed on a first in, first out basis. The second is a precautionary measure: if you lose the drive and report it to SanDisk, the company will disable further backups and effectively freeze all data associated with the username. If you happen to find the device afterward, SanDisk will reactive the service for no cost to the user.
Cost per gigabyte
The 4GB Cruzer drive sells for $50 on the SanDisk Web site, while other USB drives such as the Kingston DataTraveler 100 only cost $40 for double the space. Granted, the Cruzer can access your backups anywhere with an Internet connection, but the convenience comes at a premium. Even worse, once your complimentary six-month subscription is over, the service costs $30 per year. Instead of paying SanDisk's compounded fees, we recommend alternative USB drives like the SanDisk Cruzer Micro. Take the extra cash you'll save and spend it on Web space and a FTP client for online backups.
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The Cruzer Titanium Plus impressed us by actually surpassing the read and write speeds advertised by SanDisk. We copied 886.15 megabytes of random documents, MP3s, and photos; the Cruzer transferred the files at an impressive 14 megabytes per second, fast enough to keep up with standalone external hard drives such as the Maxtor Black Armor and the OWC Mercury On-The-Go.
Service and support
SanDisk protects the Cruzer Titanium Plus with a five-year hardware warranty. SanDisk will repair or replace the drive, or even refund the purchase price depending on availability at the time of warranty. Unfortunately, the warranty doesn't cover the SanDisk backup software, so we suggest backing up your data to another hardware source, as SanDisk can't be held responsible for lost data in any product once it's sent in. In addition, the Cruzer Titanium Plus comes with a two-year lost-and-found return program courtesy of BoomerangIt, a service that lets you keep track of your valuables through an online database. The Cruzer comes with a BoomerangIt label with a unique ID number in case you lose the drive. After two years, you can renew the subscription with a variety of package options on the BoomerangIt Web site.