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Do you KNOW common retail usb sticks.

Discussion in 'Computer Peripherals & Consumables' started by theoldie, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. theoldie

    theoldie Member

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    For the first time for a few years I have gone to buy a simple usb stick. Bought one off-the-shelf at Currys and entered a world off sticky cheap plastic catches, heads that disappear back into the body, searching for drivers listed on packing in font size 2 (or so it seems) and now lack of faith in the 'required support software' Why has it got so messy Sandisk? The last one I bought from you simply had to be plugged in and forgotten. Grumble.

    So can anyone advise on a usb stick easily available online that just needs to be plugged in (Windows XP Pro) with no software that will try to copy itself onto my work (networked) PC? No cover, no catches, no support software and no secure file protection. Just plug and use.

    My old Sandisk Mini did the job perfectly but my PC won't even look at the new ones and from reading some reviews lots of people have the same problem.

    Help, advice or just a word of comfort welcome. This should not be so difficult!

    Thanks :)
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    I like my old Sandisk Cruzer Titanium, unfortunately they don't make it any more.

    While the current plastic version of the Cruzer does come with the usual utility software pre-installed, it is pretty easy to remove it from the drive and turn it into a normal USB stick. link.

    I have had my 4GB/8GB Cruzer Titanium USB drives since 2007 and am very happy with them, also they are a bit slow when it comes to large files.
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    The Bytestor range should be ideal for you.

    No pre-installed software on them, plug and play (though you can always remove the software from other ones), pretty quick too. Only problem might be the cap potentially getting lost.
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    Manythanks for taking the time folks. Much appreciated :smashin:
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    I use Corsair or cheap Novatch branded for less critical jobs.
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    Lots of suggestions ............. thanks everyone! :)
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    Cheap, simple, robust and just plugs straight in:

    SanDisk SDCZ50 Cruzer Blade 8GB USB Flash Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    It have it on my keys which I've dropped, got wet, lost in the garden etc. Never had any issues with the USB.

    Regardless of brand... I'd avoid ones that are constructed like this:

    Kingston DataTraveler 101 Gen 2 8GB USB Drive - Red: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    Ones like this were given out at work and the majority of them have snapped, some still in people's PCs.

    Lee

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