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review/opinions on this mini drive

I have found this mini drive: for dirt cheap. I'm wondering what the heck it's about, becaues I've never seen it before. It's incredibly tempting because of the price, but I'm not one for rushing into a rip off!!!
So, anyone seen this type before? No brand is mentioned, nor do I see one on the pic. The cable looks like a pain, but for the price I could live with it.

I really don't know anything but the basics about mini drives, but am looking at one (obviously). I know that not all are the same, and some are, bluntly, cr@p! Other than forking out for it and finding out for myself, any ideas for checking it out (I've tryed searching, I can't find anything like this...)

Here's the info from the auction:
* Just like a flash drive but provides greater storage capacity and durability
* Great alternative to using large storage mediums like dvd-r/rw.
* Especially useful for transferring huge amounts of data between multiple computers which have no dvd burner or other large storage device... no software required all you need is a usb port!
* Piece of cake to use simply plug into your USB port and drag and drop files, driverless operation for most opertaing systems
* Tiny size, similar dimensions to a matchbox, easily fits in your pocket in a neat leather pouch.

Capacity: 2GB (formatted)
Interface: USB 2.0 & USB 1.1
Average write rate: 3.1MB/sec (max 3.7, min 2.8)
Average read rate: 4.2MB/sec (max 4.9, min 3.7)
Size: 5.3 x 4.8 x 1.2cm

Supports: Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP, Linux 2.4x, Mac 8.6 or later

- CD with drivers
- USB lead
- Leather protective pouch
- User's manual
- Attractive gift box

Ok, so it's not supre fast or anything, but it's less than half the price of other 2GB mini drives here...

Opinions and ideas will be greatly recived!!!!


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hmm, I figure

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that I might as well buy a normal external 40GB hard drive or something... As they're pretty small still (I just want it easy to take with me, it doesn't have to be a tiny flash drive) adn they don't really cost all that much more for a whole lot more memory!

Now to reserch external hard drives........ lol!


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All I can offer is first thoughts

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You did not mention the price. 2 gigs seems almost small these days as microdrives are getting larger and larger so much would depend on your use and what you would connect to. You also said it was an auction item which means someone wants to get rid of it....must be a reason for that. I presume no warranty and no support. If true, I sale.

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I've found a cheaper one still, so I doubt I'd go for the one I linked to. And the price is in NZ, so really only relevant in NZ (no, I don't havea credit card to buy from the US)
2GB may be small, but then my entire computer, programs and photos and everything, uses only 11GB, so I'm not going to be using a whole heap. And, micro drives might be getting bigger, but their prices are too, and I need one within the month. 2GB is about the biggest I can afford in NZ, anything else is still too new and therefore sold at highly over rated prices!

My use will be simply to back up all my photos. I have 1.2GB of them, and that's taken me about 4 years to accumulate, so by the time I use it up and need a bigger one, there will be better choice! hehe. What I would connect to would be my 5 year old computer, and to anyone elses I wished.

And yes it's an auction, but it is being sold as a brand new item, along with 5 others exactly the same. Alot of people buy in things and sell them off again on auction sites for a profit, so auction doesn't nessesarily mean secondhand... It also has a one month warranty (yeah I know, not much, but better than nothing!)

But anyway, I've found a 2GB drive for $85NZ that I'm considering, I'm just waiting for the seller to answer a couple of questions first...

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