FEBRUARY 2, 2009
Super Talent USB Flash Drive 8GB PICO-E slide
A flash Drive with a difference
I have tons of blank CD. In the past I backed up my files on them. Now I occasionally copy audio books or music to CDs. Backups on CDs are no longer a useful option now that Flash drives are becoming so large. I recently reviewed a 32 GB flash drive. I am sure they will continue to increase in storage size.
The tiny Super Talent USB Flash Drive holds up to 8GB of files. Versions are 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gig. The nifty slide out cover makes it easy to carry in a wallet, purse, or on a key chain. The Super Talent USB Flash Drive is compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 for those with older systems. The drive is encased in a metal housing. It is, according to Super Talent, shock and water resistant and will hold up under most harsh conditions. There is a sliding cover that can enclose the entire connector area. Super Talent even shows a drive with water on it in their PR to bring home the idea of “water resistant” drives. I did not test that claim.
I used HD Tach to run some tests on the drive.
Quick Bench Test 8 MB zones
Random Access 0.4ms
Average Read 30.8 MB/sec
CPU Utilization 18 %
Long Bench Test
Random Access 0.4 ms
Average Read 30.7 MB/sec
CPU Utilization 14 %
The drive met the stated manufacturer specs.
The drive seemed sturdy and should last many years. I do not suggest taking it or any Flash drive to the ocean in your bathing suit pocket. It might dry out and work fine but why test it.
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