"Stay Tuned ..."on by sleepydad
Pros Compact Size
Cons First Try No Success
Summary I just bought this yesterday, and copied some very important files to take with me to the office today. As I copied the files from my hard drive to the flash drive, the status bar showed everything working fine. Well, I got to work this morning and plugged it in ... urrrgghhh ... the file names and folders are there, but over half of the files are file size "zero" meaning they didn't copy correctly. Here I am forty miles from home with a bunch of useless files. I am HOPING that this is an isolated incident, otherwise I would have given this thing a "1" rating right off the bat. Regardless, it was not up to task on it's first outing and I'm up the proverbial creek without a paddle until I get home this evening.Updated
Okay, for those of you who read my review yesterday this is a followup. I went home last night and re-copied my files to the Sandisk Mini Cruzer. This time I double checked to make sure that all files registered and had content - they did. Sooo, I get to work today and attempt to download the files to my computer. Not once, but twice it froze up my computer to the point where I had to do a hard restart. I'm taking this hunk of junk back to the store on the way home tonight. I have had good luck with other Sandisk products, but this "piece" needs to go back to the drawing board. Two days of non-productivity thanks to this worthless thing. Sorry Sandisk, I'm buying another brand.Updated
So I stopped by the electronics store on the way home with the intent of returning my Sandisk Cruzer. Because I have faith in Sandisk products from previous experiences with them, I opted to exchange instead hoping that this unit was simply defective. Fingers crossed, the replacement unit seems to be up to task. No problems to this point. I think I may have purchased a defective unit, and am honorable enough to eat crow on this public forum. I still give it a five rating, though, until it can prove otherwise.
Pros Small and lightweight, but feels sturdy. On the 2.0 USB port it is very fast. Reasonable price.
Cons Issues with getting it to work with Windows 98SE.
Summary This drive was all I needed for my application. I wanted to move many gigabytes of pictures from my old Windows 98 system to my new XP system. I knew I needed to download a driver from the Sandisk site for the Mini Cruzer to work on my Windows 98SE system before I bought it. When I got it home, I went to the site and to my dismay the driver was not there. I called SanDisk with my concern and they immediately made the driver available on their site for me. Their tech support was very curtious and helpful and said to call back it I had any problems. Well, after installing the driver I still could not get the drive to work so I called tech support back. They determined that I had a conflict with one of my CD creating drivers and helped me to go to the appropriate site to install a fix. After rebooting and reinserting the Cruzer Mini it worked. I was impressed with the tech support I received for a product that only cost $49 from Costco. The drive successfuly transferred all of my pictures to my new XP system without a single problem. I love the product and the tech support I received.
Pros NONE....can't get the thing to be recognized by any PC....Windows XP or 2000. We followed all the troubleshooting guidelines and contacted tech support, but to no avail.
Cons PC won't recognize the drive. The PC knows the drive is there, but nothing shows up in Windows Explorer when you want to use the thing. Taking it back!! What a pain!
Pros portability, style, memory size
Cons plastic cap easy to lose
Summary In more than two years of using this flash drive on computers all over the world, including more than one laptop and assorted PCs in hotels and airports, I have never, ever had a problem with it. I simply drag and drop my spreadsheets, programs, presentations, speeches, or powerpoints back-and-forth from the disk to the computer, or run the program from the disk itself. No problem. The only reason I came on CNET today was to buy another one.
Pros Size and speed
Cons the perftct drive
Summary I own several of these drives and I love them. They are very portable, and much better than a zip disk. I wish that digital cameras would support these drives!