Sandisk 32GB USB Flash Drive

Due to the near death experience of my previous corsair usb flash drive [see here] and the fact I was almost reaching its full capacity. I ordered one of these 32gb Sandisk extreme USB 3.0 flash drives for £26.

Prior to this my previous three main flash drives have been Corsair flash voyager’s, however the new model had received some poor reviews and what with the recent near calamity I thought I would try something else.

Whilst the new Sandisk does not appear quite as rugged with a hard plastic shell and is very light, I am careful with my stuff so I’m sure it will be fine. The drive uses a sliding mechanism to produce the connector. The whole drive moves so there is not a ribbon cable to break. The USB 3.0 is super fast and has a blue LED activity light.

Amazon.com review – “It’s as if you stuck a normal 2.5″ SSD in an external USB 3 drive enclosure, but much smaller.” : link

Here’s a link to a picture of the innards: link

A link to a best in test review Feb 13: link

 

USB extension cable

My USB flash drive died this week, as usual I plugged it into my PC and forgot about it for the day, then when it came to remove at I noticed it was at a weird angle. It had been knocked at some stage during the day and now the connector was at about a 30 degree angle. I hastily plugged it in again and it still worked, I gently bent the connector back to its correct position and it is still working (it will be replaced very soon!). So to avoid this in future I also got one of these:

and one of these:

A USB 2.0 extension cable (for the PC without USB 3.0) and a USB 3.0 extension dock (for the one that does). Hopefully this will prevent this happening again by keep the drive safely on my desk rather than preciously sticking out the front of my pc. The blue USB 3.0 dock was about £7 and the USB 2.0 cable £2. Much cheaper than a new flash drive!