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50 people found this helpful
on 3 November 2011
I'm using this on a netbook as my backup drive and I have to say how pleased I am with it. It is sturdy, fits very snugly, though is easy enough to remove and the size is such that I can simply leave it in place and forget about it - it is even smaller than the nano receiver for my Logitech mouse. At 16GB it has sufficient capacity to comfortably backup all of my work - anything else on the computer consists of software, media and resources that, like most people, I have backed up elsewhere. It is also large enough to help transfer files between computers (though I prefer shared folders over a home network).
It does come with some software for encrypted data storage but I find it a little clumsy to use and prefer an On The Fly Encryption solution (either FreeOTFE or TrueCrypt) or for archiving, Winzip Pro. However, it is better than nothing and if you are using portable devices for work or even personal use, then these days encryption is essential - if your storage device or computer is stolen, you don't want anyone getting licences, passwords, banking, addresses, usernames, telephone numbers, accounting, etc, etc. It's amazing how much of your life and property can be extracted from you files! It is good to see these devices being sold with the means for safe keeping this information and although I don't use this one, it is easy to use for someone unfamiliar with encryption.
At this price, it is excellent value and has my recommendation.