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72 of 78 found the following review helpful:
Good capacity but too slowOct 20, 2009
By Academic I have always bought Sandisk Flash products but this one though have a good capacity, it is too slow. The website also does not advertise what the speed is and perhaps that is the reason. Anyhow, too disappointing.
32 of 33 found the following review helpful:
Really slow USB driveOct 27, 2010
By Mark Twain This was purchased for me by our IT department at work. I'm pretty sure that it was the cheapest available 32 GB USB flash drive off the shelf at one of our local office supply stores.
That being said, even though I didn't have to actually buy this drive myself, it's still so bad that I'm morally compelled to write a review of it.
Pro's: The case design is simple and has a small footprint, so it can squeeze into tight USB connectors on your case, laptop or hub. "Built-in" capless retractable connector design. Very lightweight. This drive is priced very aggressively for the included capacity.
Con's: INCREDIBLY SLOW write speeds; fairly slow read speeds. Feels flimsy and cheap with regard to construction. No lanyard included; lanyard connection pivot/point is poorly-positioned if you have your own lanyard. Flashing orange indicator light does not shut off when unit is not reading/writing. No attachment accessories included (flexible USB extension cable, for example). Horrible Sandisk customer service (from previous experience with other USB flash drive products). Did I mention INCREDIBLY SLOW write speeds? Sandisk should be entirely ashamed of the performance of this product.
I have several USB flash drives from other manufacturers, and even though many of them are considerably older (and were still otherwise pretty cheap), they read and write WAY, WAY faster than this product. Sandisk makes plenty of good products, but this isn't one of them. I've had really great experiences with USB flash drives from Patriot and Corsair, and I will stick with them in the future. This product is just terrible.
Stay away from this product if you have a reasonably-fast computer that's less than 5 years old; it's a complete and utter waste of your time (literally). Please pass the chisel...Sandisk didn't include one in the packaging.
94 of 108 found the following review helpful:
Slower writes than a gaggle of cuneiform scribes sharing one hammerOct 01, 2009
By J J. Wagner
"Protect the Internet: sue a spammer today"
I presume the same is also true for a PC, but this thing is slower than slow for writing a lot of (little) files. I'm copying just over 16 GB of files. There are likely half million total files in various folders. To copy that over to an external hard drive took some fraction under an hour. With this flash driver, it's been nine hours so far and it's only at 2.5 GB. Even burning the data as 3 DL DVDs was much quicker. This drive is a terrible way to share data -- although as a stealth attack on the sanity of you least favorite co-working, it might just do the trick...
Geek details: This is on a 1.83 ghz Mac mini under a stock install MacOSX 10.5.8 with the flash drive hooked directly into the back of the machine, with no other USB peripherals attached. The copy is via two terminal windows "cp -R" commands, which I used after seeing that a copy via drag and drop using the Finder was even slower. The cp jobs show 98% cpu usage via "top" and on the Activity monitor.
85 of 99 found the following review helpful:
SanDisk CruzerJul 03, 2011
I now own 4 of these, I use them for Operating System Installs for both Mac and PC. I have noticed that almost everyone that reviews these drives complains because their slow. Well no Duh! These are designed to be used for temporary storage, not a fricken file server. Another complaint I hear about all the time, is the infamous button Yes if you happen to touch it while plugging it in it will retract, just be careful!!
What the heck is peoples problems.....
These drives run exactly as described, they do the job I buy them for, end of story~!!
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
CAUTION - objectionable software installed on this dongleJan 16, 2011
By Valued Customer Have a seat and let me explain the software found installed on this dongle. Introducing the software protection software called U3 Launchpad. The quickest way to get more information is at [search engine "Wikipedia U3 LLC"] - but let me highlight the important information in this article.
Scandisk report the following on its website "The U3 technology has reached end of life. SanDisk began phasing out support for U3 Technology in late 2009."
Translation: This is vintage (2004) OLD technology.
A U3 flash drive presents itself to the host system as a USB hub with a CD drive and standard USB mass storage device attached.
* This configuration causes Windows disk management to show two drives: 1. A read-only ISO 9660 volume on an emulated CD-ROM drive with an autorun configuration to execute the U3 LaunchPad, and; 2. A standard flash drive (FAT formatted) that includes a hidden "SYSTEM" folder with installed applications. * U3 compliant applications can be (optionally) preloaded by manufacturers.
WHAT? You probably weren't expecting TWO drive letter when you inserted the dongle, did you?
The dongle autoruns if you leave Windows on it's default setting when inserting, installing the software on your computer - Did you expect that?
Autorun without implied consent. Some of the dongle space used for the 'read-only ISO 9660 volume' SanDisk shame on you.
- BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART - Reformatting the drive will remove some of the software (the hidden "SYSTEM" folder), but not all of it. The virtual CD-ROM drive cannot be removed by reformatting because it is presented to the host system as a physical device attached to a USB hub; the official U3 Launchpad Removal Software was available on the U3 website and disabled the virtual CD drive device, leaving only the USB mass storage device active on the U3 USB hub controller, at which point the remaining software can be removed by a subsequent format, performed by the removal software itself. The U3 website is no longer accessible, but the removal tool is still available from other sources.
YUP - from SanDisk itself [search engine "SanDisk U3 Launchpad Removal"] If SanDisk decides to stop providing this file, use your favorite search engine to find it.
--- VERY IMPORTANT --- Turn off the autoruns BEFORE inserting this dongle: [search engine "microsoft kb 967715"] THEN run launchpadremoval.exe to remove U3 protection NOW you have a clean dongle.
Now for a startling conclusion that you probably won't expect: A refurbished dongle is less that 1/2 the price of a new dongle - it's a steal. Compare SanDisk 16GB Cruzer Micro USB 2.0 Drive SDCZ6-016G-A11 (Refurbished) and SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ6-016G-A11 OR [Search engine "refurbished SanDisk Cruzer"] SanDisk made a good piece of hardware - they were just 'misguided' by installing such bad software WITHOUT INFORMED CONSENT.