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Flash drives...are they all the same?
Posted by: davester
Date: August 29, 2006 04:48PM
I need to pick up a flash drive so that my son can move files from computers at school to his macbook at home. Are they all the same, or are there specific features to look for?
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Re: Flash drives...are they all the same?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: August 29, 2006 05:06PM
Essentially yes, they are all the same.

Some are faster than others for read/write but to the average person there is not much difference..

They come in all shapes/sizes/colors so pick whatever suits him.

I like the ones that have a built in flip open cap that can't get lost.



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Re: Flash drives...are they all the same?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 29, 2006 05:18PM
Mostly the same except for features as mentioned above. Some do take more power for the same capacity than others. That may make a difference if you are trying to power it from a keyboard port or other unpowered hub. Less of an issue with powered hub ports or a full power port on a computer.



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Re: Flash drives...are they all the same?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 29, 2006 07:31PM
They come in all shapes/sizes/colors so pick whatever suits him.

Be wary of odd shapes and sizes. Sometimes they won't fit in all ports because the shape is at odds with the plastic surrounding the port. Sometimes odd shapes will block neighboring ports, rendering them useless.


I like the ones that have a built in flip open cap that can't get lost.

I agree. They're many variations of the captive cap/capless designs. I'd avoid those like some of the Lexar Jump drives that use rubber to hold a cap in place. The rubber will rot, and the cap will be lost.


Some do take more power for the same capacity than others. That may make a difference if you are trying to power it from a keyboard port or other unpowered hub.

Absolutely.

I've had 1G Sandisks that work great off the keyboard port (VERY handy) and smaller, different brands that give me the low-voltage dialog box.






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