- 256-MB Pen Drive
- Win 98SE Drivers
- USB extension lead
The device is a little chunky and can be difficult to fit into a USB port when other ports are in use. However, they have provided a very useful USB extension cable that solves this problem (and if like me, the USB ports are on the back of the machine removes a great deal of crawling around).
Take some care deciding which version you purchase. 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB versions are available (although they all provide fractionally less available storage than advertised). A short time ago larger versions carried a very hefty premium, today the ByteStor devices offer an almost linear price model and in fact the 512MB offers the best amount of storage per pound. Consider how you are going to use the device and then ensure that you have selected a large enough one.
If you are using XP then I can recommend this (for the price)
Two caveats, though: firstly, it does require a lot of power to run, which mean some USB ports on keyboards and laptops may not be able to give it the juice.
And secondly, you should always, always buy a bigger one than you think you need. I thought 256Mb would be plenty, but once you have it you'll find a hundred unexpected uses for it.
Oh, and Windows 2000 has an annoying procedure for ejecting it, but that's not the device's fault.
Compatible with Windows 2000, ME and XP, Mac and Linux without the need to install any drivers makes it really easy to use. Just plug it in to your system and it appears as a removable disk, although you do have to 'unmount' it before you pull it out of the USB port, although this simply involves clicking on an icon and is no hassle at all. You do however have to install a driver for Windows 98, which comes on an enclosed CD, and I don't know if it will work at all on earlier versions of Windows for that matter...
There are loads of these little flash pen drives on the market, but they are all pretty much the same value for money as this one. It comes furnished with some handy little accoutrements, like a neck-strap (more useful for helping you find the damn thing) and a very handy USB extension cable so you don't have to reach around the back of your PC everytime you want to use it.
After you buy one of these, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it before.