SanDisk SDCZ40-016G-U46 16 GB Ultra Back-Up USB 2.0 Flash Drive
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The SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive offers secure storage and backup performance for Windows (XP and Vista computers.
The convenient, compact, and fashionable SanDisk Ultra Backup Flash drive offers a complete portable storage and backup solution. Featuring patent-pending backup technology - the industry's first - the SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive lets you back up critical files, such as photos, videos, and documents with the simple touch of a button. With up to 16GB of capacity, this USB flash drive will give you the storage space you need to make sure that your most important data is protected.
Backing up your data with the SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive is incredibly easy. Unlike other backup solutions that offer heavy and cumbersome form factors and inconvenient cases, adapters, and cords, the SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive fits in the palm of your hand and plugs easily into virtually any computer's USB port.
With plug-and-play functionality, the USB flash drive requires no additional software or drivers for your computer. You simply plug it in and it's ready to go. The backup application is integrated into the drive, and it is activated by pressing a button, so it doesn't need to be installed on your computer.
Two Layers of Data Security Ensure Peace of Mind
The drive protects your digital content with a dual layer of both password protection and Secure Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware encryption. This means that your content will stay private and secure via data scrambling at the flash controller level when the drives are either physically removed for portability or stored away for safe keeping. The fact that many governments approve the AES algorithm is testimony to its validity.
The data encryption is accomplished automatically without you noticing. There's no activation or software needed. You simply use the SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive like you would any flash drive, but with the knowledge that your data is protected.
Share your Content on Other Devices
You can also use the SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive as a regular USB flash drive for simple, safe storage and file transfer. Plug it into any of a variety of computing devices, TV's, DVD players, car stereos etc, and you've got a portable and quick way to share your pictures, music, and videos with your friends and family.
Smart, Stylish Design for Ease of Use
With a capless design that exposes the USB connector via a sliding mechanism, the SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive looks just as great as it performs.
When you plug the disk into your computer, a glowing, amber-colored LED alerts you that the drives are ready for reading or writing data. This LED rapidly pulses when data is being transferred, and it slows down when the drives are idle, giving you a clear indication of the disk's activity. An intuitive interface appears on your computer screen to let you customise the way you back up your files.
The SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive offers complete storage and backup performance to Windows XP and Windows Vista computers, and it can be used as a storage device for Windows 2000, Mac OS X v10.1.2+, and Linux machines.
The drive is backed by a five-year limited warranty.
All SanDisk products are constructed to the highest possible standards, & rigorously tested at every stage of production, so you can be confident in the outstanding quality, performance & reliability of every SanDisk product.
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SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash drive (16GB)
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|Speed||With faster transfer speeds of up to 15MB/sec1 for SanDisk Ultra, it's perfect for quick transfer of your photos, videos, music, spreadsheets, and other documents.|
Includes SanDisk SecureAccess Software*, which makes it easy to protect critical files like business or legal documents by simply dragging & dropping files into the vault & they'll be protected by a personal password & automatic 128-bit AES encryption
SanDisk Ultra includes SanDisk SecureAccess Software*, which makes it easy to protect critical files like business or legal documents by simply dragging & dropping files into the vault & they'll be protected by a personal password & automatic 128-bit AES encryption
SanDisk Ultra Backup USB offers simple backup at the touch of a button§- no cables or software installation needed.
|†1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. Some capacity not available for data storage. *Password protection uses 128-bit AES encryption & is supported by Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Mac OS X v10.5+ (Software download required for Mac). SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash Drive features password protection security software, which is different to SanDisk SecureAccess. SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash Drive features password protection security software, which is different to SanDisk SecureAccess. §Backup button only works with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. 1Up to 15MB/s read speed. Up to 10 MB/sec write speed applies to the first 20 MB of data transfer. Based on SanDisk internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes.|
Top customer reviews
The main feature is the backup facility. This worked easily. I found it quick to set-up and thereafter when synchronising the USB stick with my folders it would take just a minute or so to backup all the files.
The U3 software is very good and you can easily set-up password protection and a whole host of other things.
The main reason I wanted to write though is that I managed to put my USB stick through a 30C rinse in the washing machine and it survived no problems. So it's durable too.
Before this I had an 8gb Sandisk Cruzer Blade, I liked the memory stick (I still have it kicking around somewhere) but 8gb got filled up far too quickly with large files. So after being impressed with my previous flash drive I bought this one, at 16gb for around £17 (I think i paid) it was great value for money, and when I first got it I was very impressed, however after a few months of using this I was severly disappointed. I have found no problems with the memory stick itself, the backup feature was very useful but the build quality is hourrendous, the cruzer is much better built. The actual usb connection has bent many times as I have nudged it accidentally and I am very surprised it hasnt snapped off, I have also noticed the casing has started to become loose and the finish of materials is very poor, it feels cheap and nasty and has no weight to it. I feel sorry for anybody who spent the RRP of £50 on this.
I am going to get a corsair survivor instead as this seems to be able to take the rough and tumble that the sandisk just simply does not.
I will say that If you know you are going to look after this flash drive and want a backup feature and 16gb pretty cheap, this is good, I have had no problems with sandisk in the past and have had a few USB sticks and SD cards from them, it just doesnt live up the expectations I had of it and ultimitly was a dissapointment.
In short worth it if you aren't clumsy, but will not take the rough and tumble of every day use.
My PC initially reads the memory stick through Windows Explorer via the "U3" program on the USB stick, and halfway through transferring several gbytes of data it stops copying, gives an error message ("incorrect parameters" blah blah) and, when you go back into "exploring" the stick it's as if all the files have disappeared. They haven't actually vanished it's just that the PC has mysteriously stopped 'reading' the stick.
It won't then allow you to 'safely' eject so you have to just remove it from the PC and plug it back in, then it tells you you have carried out an unsafe procedure! This happens with annoying regularity. In short, the PC regularly fails to 'read' the stick and ceases to function correctly, so it can't be relied upon to carry out simple backup tasks consistently. It works and then it doesn't. Duh!
In my case using Windows 7 the utility would not run. But looking on Sandisk's site, I found a later version of the utility for Windows 7. I ran that from my PC and it updated the stick. The stick then behaved fine and I backed up 2GB of data.
I ran a utility to check the speed of the stick and got averages of 12MB write and 25MB read. That's not too bad for such a device.
I wouldn't treat it harshly though - espcially if the data is valuable. However, it does what it claims.
I also did a speed check on the usb. Which came up as 19mb/s read speed and 11mb/s write speed, which is quite fast.