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EasyDisk removable USB electronic hard disk (16MB) review:

EasyDisk removable USB electronic hard disk (16MB)

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The Good Solid utility suite; password and write protection; USB extension cord; bargain price.

The Bad Limited support; won't work with the first edition of Windows 98.

The Bottom Line The EasyDisk removable USB electronic hard disk strikes the perfect balance between features and price.

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8.0 Overall

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At about $20 less than the competition, the EasyDisk flaunts some of the lowest prices we've seen. Only the Dioneer USB Memory drive offers a comparable cost, and they both come in a myriad of capacities: 16MB ($29), 32MB ($39), 64MB ($59), 128MB ($89), and 256MB ($159). At about $20 less than the competition, the EasyDisk flaunts some of the lowest prices we've seen. Only the Dioneer USB Memory drive offers a comparable cost, and they both come in a myriad of capacities: 16MB ($29), 32MB ($39), 64MB ($59), 128MB ($89), and 256MB ($159).

The small, slender drive has a matte-silver finish and a pocket clip. It works with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP, as well as Linux 2.4x and Mac OS 9 or higher. However, the EasyDisk doesn't work with the first edition of Windows 98, and Windows 98 SE users have to install drivers first. Like the Dioneer USB Memory drive, the EasyDisk includes a USB extension cord.

Despite the lower price, the EasyDisk comes with more useful utilities than most other USB flash drives. A security program allows you to password-protect some or all of your data. A formatting utility will clean your disk, and it can add system files to make your keychain drive bootable (if your system supports booting from USB). The drive also has a write-protection switch.

EasyDisk's support is limited. The company's Web site has plenty of FAQs, drivers, and manuals, but at the time of this review, tech advice is available via e-mail only. The drive is covered by a one-year warranty.

The EasyDisk provides all of the features you'd want in a keychain drive at a tough-to-beat price, making it one of our top choices in this category.

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