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USB Stick 4096MB Corsair Flash Padlock

by Corsair
4 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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Technical Details
Item Weight109 g
Product Dimensions1 x 1 x 1 cm
Item model numberCMFUSBPADLOCK-4GB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 532,246 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight91 g
Date First Available26 Feb. 2008

Product Description

Technical DataFlash Memory / Storage CapacityGB4Technical DataHeader / Product LineCorsair Flash PadlockTechnical DataHeader / CompatibilityUnixTechnical DataHeader / ManufacturerCorsair MicrosystemsTechnical DataHeader / Packaged Quantity1Technical DataFlash Memory / Interface TypeHi-Speed USBTechnical DataFlash Memory / Product TypeUSB flash driveTechnical DataFlash Memory / CompatibilityNon-specific

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Works as it should.

Did take me a while to set password...might be hard if you're not technology literate (fortunately I am).
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x971142c4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x964f7468) out of 5 stars 4GB USB Padlock Flash Drive 2 May 2008
By bellasson - Published on
1) Good idea but way too bulky to fit into many USB ports (impossible when adjacent ports are in use). Supplied USB extension cable helps, but the combo is cumbersome to carry around. No keychain attachment, but I doubt anyone would want to carry this device in their pocket anyway, especially with the cable; a purse, maybe.
2) The security unlock feature failed immediately ie, after entering my security lock code in duplicate. As a result all my data was rendered inaccessible.
Bottom line: Item returned for a refund.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96bb4048) out of 5 stars Reasonable device but could be much better. 25 July 2008
By G Wood - Published on
All tech items have good qualities and not-so-good qualities. The question becomes how one values each quality and how these add-up for any particular item.

This Corsair "padlock" USB drive has several good features:
excellent security (as compared with run-of-the-mill USB drives),
good tactile feedback on keypad,
true cross-platform support, and
no need to install special drivers.

But there are also some design challenges:
inconveniently large physical size (don't try to keep this in your jeans pocket, on your keychain, or on a lanyard; must use included USB extension cable to avoid blocking other USB ports),
pointy corners (really, not at all a comfortable device to keep on one's person),
somewhat questionable build quality (physical keypad used to enter security combination seem vulnerable to fluids, dust/dirt, and degradation due to wear), and
requires a battery to power the security functions (battery is included & already installed).

I'll use this drive when I know that I need to carry particularly sensitive data. But the device isn't convenient or comfortable for everyday use -- and that's a problem. If I have to take the extra effort to use this device, I can just as well use the USB drive that I keep on my keychain with other encryption tools (like the free, open source: TrueCrypt).

What I need and want is a transparently secure device that I can use for my every-day data transportation tasks. That's the device that I'm most likely to misplace or to otherwise be compromised. Logically, this device could fulfill that need. But because of an inconvenient physical form which demands extra effort to use the device (far beyond just entering a combination to access the drive), this Corsair "padlock" USB drive fails to meet that need.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9674399c) out of 5 stars Best USB for mixed environments 13 Oct. 2008
By Kay R. Nay - Published on
If you need to use your USB storage in multiple environments this is the BEST solution.

We have locked down windows PCs where we cannot load or run any unauthorized software. All other protected USB devices use software to protect their devices. This device uses the hardware keyboard. That means this device works when all other protected USB storage does not.

It also works cross-platform, between Windows, Macintoshes, and unix/linux PCs. It's the only protected USB storage that does that!

Packaging is clunky, but hopefully they'll sell enough to do a second generation.
HASH(0x9663ba68) out of 5 stars Constant freezes and lockups 13 Jan. 2009
By Marc Chamberlin - Published on
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Well I am not going to be too kind. Over the course of 6 months of owning this flash drive I have had a constant source of irritation with it but could not track the problem down (laptop, flash drive, or software) until I finally got a replacement. I use the Portable Apps suite of software and I experienced (under both Windows and Linux) a lockup of the drive, almost every time I used it. This resulted in either Windows or Linux having to run a disk scan and attempting to fix the flash drive file structures. That in turn results in loss of data from time to time. When I replaced the drive with a different one, and the Portable Apps suite worked OK, I was finally able to definitely determine that the source of these failures was the flash drive itself. So in terms of reliability and safe storage of files, I give this flash drive an F.
HASH(0x973e5f84) out of 5 stars Both of them FAILED, for different reasons. 10 April 2008
By roseman - Published on
Ordered these "New" thru amazon.

Both packages had been OPENED before products arrived (had ordered 2 of identical item in same order).

One would FAIL to lock (always "unlocked").

One was permanently locked (would never "unlock").

This rendered both of them TOTALLY USELESS, except perhaps the always unlocked one as a normal flash drive, without the security feature (the whole reason for ordering this particular item).

Amazon was also unreachable back then, they would not even return the phone call thru their automated system as advertised on their customer support page. Could not complain by e-mail either.

Whole experience left bitter taste in mouth; did not order from amazon again for another year or so.
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