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Photo: How smart is that drive?

USB vendors met in San Jose, Calif, on Tuesday to discuss the merits of turning a flash drive into a smart drive.

How smart is that drive?

M-Systems' 256MB smart drive lets users carry programs and personal preferences, launch software and access their data on any Windows XP or Windows 2000 PC. It was among the devices on display Tuesday at an inaugural event sponsored by U3, a consortium of USB flash drive manufacturers bent on advancing smart-drive technology.

Credit: Michael Singer

M-Systems smart drive

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