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Saw this USB flash drive two weeks ago at Walmart ... it was the smallest size flash drive I have ever seen, don't see how there could be anything smaller but maybe someone here has seen one? Kind of easy to misplace or drop ... never to be seen again.

 

SanDisk Cruzer Fit

 

https://www.google.c...iw=1020&bih=630

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Edited by duffy98, 02 September 2013 - 06:00 PM.



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I have one or two of these tiny ones that you showed. I sure haven't seen anything smaller.

 

Don't know if you'd count these, but MicroSD camera cards are even tinier than that -- and even easier to lose forever!   :ph34r:

 

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JorgeA ... thanks for the information. Wallmart had the SanDisk Cruzer Blade 8 GB USB drive on sale for $4.97 ... going back to school/college sale so I grabbed a couple of those.

 

http://www.amazon.co...P/dp/B007KFAG7U

 

I thought they were pretty small USB drives but the Walmart salesperson pointed out the SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16 and 32 GB product. I was amazed at how small they were.

 

When I said earlier about a possible smaller USB flash drive ... I'm thinking the part that goes into the USB slot on the computer would always have to be that size ... unless that would change in the future with USB 4 or USB 5 ... but for now I guess that's probably the smallest USB drive available. I keep saying that I have enough flash drives and will not buy anymore but I may have to get one of those to add to the collection.

 

http://www.amazon.co...5/dp/B005FYNSZA

 

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@duffy98

Define "smallest".

That one is short, but "chunky", this other rather common design is probably a bit "longer" but much "flatter":

http://oliviatech.co...tim-400x300.jpg

still ;)

http://www.andrewbir...isk-cruzer-fit/

 

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JFYI:

http://www.itechnews...icro-usb-drive/

 

If you are interested, some completely faked data :w00t: assembled in a few simple graphs:

http://reboot.pro/to...ss/#entry175178

http://reboot.pro/to...al-pe/?p=166593

 

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The Logitech Bluetooth Nano Receiver is just about that size too.


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The Logitech Bluetooth Nano Receiver is just about that size too.

Really? :unsure:

 

Also a USB A male connector is roughly that size, only both are not flash drives :whistle:

 

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I would prefer larger devices anyways. Making them so small is prone to being lost or passed through the washing machine.


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OK jaclaz, that Verbatim flash looks pretty neat with it's slim look. That's also pretty interesting looking inside the SanDisk Cruzer Fit ... I have to agree with Tripredacus about liking a larger flash drive ... maybe if a person is a spy or "corporate spy" those little flash drives might come in handy.

 

I still might get one just to add to the collection and also a "conversation" piece.

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Edited by duffy98, 03 September 2013 - 03:01 PM.


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I still might get one just to add to the collection and also a "conversation" piece.

...

JFYI, "better" conversation pieces:

http://www.trendhunt...ised-usb-drives

http://www.everythin...ash-drives.html

 

I still personally:

http://www.msfn.org/...l-in-the-blank/

like the "thumb drive" :w00t::

http://www.kahsoon.c...hape-usb-stick/

Spoiler

 

jaclaz


Edited by jaclaz, 04 September 2013 - 03:42 AM.


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"The Finder" does it again ! ... the USB Sushi drives are hilarious ... I had no idea they were making flash drives like that.  I can maybe see a drive in the "Swiss Army Knife" until the knife gets wet or muddy. I'll just stick with the conventional flash drives ... I did buy one that dencorso mentioned about 1 1/2 years ago ... Corsair Flash Survivor USB Drive.

 

http://www.amazon.co...air flash drive

 

Superior Protection for Your Valuable Data

 

    * Built from lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum

    * Water proof to 200 meters

    * Vibration and shock resistant

 

I have seen pictures of it being run over by a car and I think there are a few videos on YouTube also.

 

I bought the 16 GB size ... the price has dropped some since I bought mine and I just noticed there is a newer black stealth model ...

 

http://www.amazon.co...air flash drive

 

 

Multifunction Tool Swiss Army Knife with 8GB Usb Flash Drive - Black

 

http://www.amazon.co...knife usb drive

 

 

The New Thumb Shape USB Stick is just as the description says: "This thing is pretty freaking gross, it looks like a real thumb."

 

Wouldn't want it if it was free but it's a conversation piece for sure ... along with the sushi drives.

 

I just use the term flash drive or USB drive, in reference to your one link.

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Edited by duffy98, 04 September 2013 - 04:45 AM.


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I personally dislike the slim usb connector, as they usualy doesn't work well with USB cord extension (Standard-A receptacle) due physical problem.

The Standard Type-A USB connector/plug is good, why they feel the need to mangle it?



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I still might get one just to add to the collection and also a "conversation" piece.

...

JFYI, "better" conversation pieces:

http://www.trendhunt...ised-usb-drives

http://www.everythin...ash-drives.html

 

I still personally:

http://www.msfn.org/...l-in-the-blank/

like the "thumb drive" :w00t::

http://www.kahsoon.c...hape-usb-stick/

Spoiler

 

jaclaz

 

 

That does lend new meaning to the term, "thumb drive"!  :lol:

 

And for U.S. customers... it presents new possibilities for Halloween handouts!!

 

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Edited by JorgeA, 04 September 2013 - 01:38 PM.


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I have seen those. Mostly 4GB which is laughable. I would wait awhile before purchasing any. Eventually they will get to 2TB, so unless yoiu really need it, then go for it. I remember back in college when we still had people comming with external hard-drives. The proffessor was like "oh wow, the old fashioned USB". Another thing to think about is the life-span and material used to make these. Flash ( like Camera ) can even survive being washed in a machine, but I USB is another story. It might hold alot but for how long??? Looking at some of the flash they have all kinds of parts inside them asides the flash itself.

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I have seen those. Mostly 4GB which is laughable. I would wait awhile before purchasing any. Eventually they will get to 2TB, so unless yoiu really need it, then go for it. I remember back in college when we still had people comming with external hard-drives. The proffessor was like "oh wow, the old fashioned USB". Another thing to think about is the life-span and material used to make these. Flash ( like Camera ) can even survive being washed in a machine, but I USB is another story. It might hold alot but for how long??? Looking at some of the flash they have all kinds of parts inside them asides the flash itself.

It must have been a loong time ago that you were in college, like yesteryear.

Sure a flash drive has several other parts besides the memory, but you can use a micro SD card reader (like some of the mentioned USB sticks actually are), this way the recordable media is "the same" (and detachable) as the one in your handy or camera.

Laughing at 4 Gb is actually making me laugh, when they came out for the first time  (like a year or so) a common USB stick was 64 to 128 Mb and a 512 Mb was "luxury".

 

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To continue on the "tiny, but not too tiny" designs, this one seems to me not that bad:

http://www.emtec-int.../S200_usb_flash

http://www.emtec-int...1=1#quicktabs-1

 

It seemingly does not protrude too much from the socket (hence it is difficult that it can be broken by accident) but still seems to provide some "grip" to extract it.

 

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Yes that is a nice clean looking flash drive ... while looking for a price on that drive ... I came across one expensive flash drive ... now I'm wondering just how expensive a flash drive can be ... of course, one made out of solid gold or platinum would probably win that arguement but I'm just talking about a normal type flash drive.

 

Patriot Supersonic 256GB Magnum USB Flash Drive

 

Price:   $259.66   & FREE Shipping

 

http://www.amazon.co...usb flash drive

 

... at least you get "Free Shipping" !!!

 

this is only a 2 GB drive.

 

IronKey D2-S200-S02-3FIPS 2GB Basic S200 USB2.0 Flash Drive 2 GB

 

Price:   $125.29 + $6.62 shipping

 

http://www.amazon.co...usb flash drive

 

... no "Free Shipping" on that one !

 



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There are some (big) differences with "common" sticks.

The first one is not a USB stick (as you are used to think about it) it is a USB 3.0 to SATA bridge + a 256 Gb SSD, miniaturized.

The second one is more or less (IMHO) the effect of a not-so-new idea summed up to some good marketing, noone - with the exception if the very few that are secret agents, terrorists, etc. (and the paranoids of course),  actually *need* that kind of encryption/security (and as a matter of fact it was born from Goverment intitial financing :

http://www.ironkey.c...nkey/index.html

 

JFYI, my personal take on the matter, of course there is nothing wrong with encryption in itself, only in the way it is (mis)used, as I see it, the real issue are people whining about having lost their precious data ;):

http://reboot.pro/to...bartpe/?p=80938

 

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OK jaclaz ... you provided more "clarity" as usual. I guess I didn't fully understand what I was looking at ... I saw "flash drive" in the description.

 

I just found a more expensive USB flash drive ... a Kingston.

 

Kingston Digital HyperX Predator DataTraveler 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

 

Price:   $599.99   & FREE Shipping.

 

http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_e_3

 

 

 

* Dramatic speed up to 240MB/s

* Highest capacities - uncompromised data storage to carry your digital world on a portable USB drive

* 4-Channel architecture - unsurpassed performance to play applications straight from the drive

* USB 3.0 - latest USB standard guarantees backwards compatibility with USB 2.0

* Zinc alloy metal casing - resilient protection for data in a cutting-edge design

* HyperX valet keychain - exclusive accessory for a stylish twist to portable storage

 

I take this to be also "solid state" although I don't see it mentioned anywhere but at that price !

 

... just noticed that the $599.99 price seems to a "real bargain" ... look at the prices on the right side of the page, from other sellers/companies.

 

$743.46 + $3.99 shipping / $768.35 + $8.79 shipping / $778.23 + Free Shipping

 

Additional information: Here goes one better ... same model but a 1 TB size.

 

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

 

Price:   $1,271.47   & FREE Shipping.

 

 

http://www.amazon.co...W?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

... How expensive can these things get ???


Edited by duffy98, 17 September 2013 - 07:45 AM.


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Yes, to take advantage of the USB 3.0 speed, most manufacturers use this new design (for the "high-end" sticks).

 

Of course there is normally not any specifications about the innards, but as always the info exists::

http://www.thessdrev...h-drive-review/

http://www.eteknix.c...rce-controller/

 

OT :ph34r: but not much, maybe we are near to these ideas becoming "common" ;):

http://reboot.pro/to...a-universal-pe/

http://reboot.pro/to...80-mini-pc-4x4/

 

I can imagine a new form of "outsourced" PC where the "core" is just a processor and a USB 3.0 controller/hub and you just connect to it *anything* from video card to mass storage, from network (cabled or wireless) to HID's.... :)

 

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Edited by jaclaz, 18 September 2013 - 03:29 AM.


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This is not the "smallest flash drive" around but they advertise it as the "world's best flash drive" being safe and secure. Since this thread deals with flash drives, thought I'd post about this drive. Anyone familiar with it or take issue with their claim? I still think the Corsair Flash Survivor USB Drive that I bought some time time back offers "toughness and durability" also.

 

The World's Best Flash Drive

The Safest, Most Secure USB Flash Drive on Earth

 

Starting at $94.95

 

http://worldsbestflashdrive.com/

 

Encryption and Security

 

    * Type: AES Cipher-Block Chained mode

    * Keys: 256-bit Hardware

    * Hashing: Crypto paramaters protected with 256-bit SHA

    * PINs: 7 to 15 digit admin and user PINs, alphanumeric keypad

    * Lock: Automatic lock on drive removal

    * Hack Resistance: Drive reset on multiple incorrect entries

    * Tamper Resistant: Tamper evident construction, brute force hack resistant

    * Certification: FIPS Security 140-2 Level 3 Certified (Certificate number 1873)

 

Toughness and Durability

    * Housing: Durable machined aluminum

    * "Everything" Proof: Water, Dust, Shock & Tamper Resistant

    * Certification: IP57 (#LVD-D120789COC), MIL-STD-810F

 

Universal Drive Compatibility

    * Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, Symbian, etc

    * Hardware Systems: Any device with a USB or USB OTG port

    * Drivers and Software Required: None

    * USB: USB2 high speed components compatible with USB 1, 2 & 3 ports

    * Included Software: Windows XP to Windows 8, Mac/Linux/Debian via Wine

    * Antivirus: Compatible with Windows XP to Windows 8, protects USB drive only, does not protect or clean the local PC


Edited by duffy98, 12 October 2013 - 07:20 AM.


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Paying nearly 100 Bucks for an 8 Gb (VERY, VERY slow) USB 2 stick with a fancy numerical keyboard?

 

Adequate if you really have some secrets and you are paranoid about them (otherwise any common encryption software is more than enough) and you actually *need* NIST FIPS certification. :w00t:

Come on :).

 

 

However it is seemingly a re-branded Apricorn Aegis:

http://www.apricorn....secure-key.html

by the good guys from portableapps.com

 

jaclaz


Edited by jaclaz, 12 October 2013 - 11:36 AM.


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Yes I also thought that it seemed kind of slow but I don't know enough about flash drives to make that statement ... but the figures struck me as being slow.

 

sure does look similar to the Apricorn Aegis ... never heard of that one.

 






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