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  1. Pete

    Pete Guest

    I'm looking for a good quality 128Gb USB stick.

    Some of the smaller (ie 8gb, 32gb) sticks that I've purchased over the
    last year or so have become faulty, or the connector (tin, held on with
    solder) has become intermittent, so I'm not terribly impressed with the
    general quality that's around.

    So far, the sticks that use the circuit board for the USB connection
    instead of a separate connector seem to be the hardiest, but I haven't
    been able to find a 128Gb stick with this feature.

    The stick doesn't need to be bullet-proof, or hermetically sealed, but
    it will spend some time in my pocket and on my keyring.

    Does anyone have any ideas? I'm in Melbourne if it matters.

    Thanks, Peter
     
  2. The SanDisk Cruzer should fit the bill - $129 from OfficeWorks,
    http://tinyurl.com/SDCZ60128G

    I haven't used this particular incarnation of the Cruzer, but I still have
    an 8Gb one I bought in early '08 and it's still going strong.
     
  3. Damian

    Damian Guest

    brands like Sandisk are relatively more reliable.
    What kills them, is the time it's left plugged into the USB socket(do the
    work and unplug). The heat apparently is on of the causes of USB stick early
    death.
    Always dismount before unplugging.
    Never rely on windows guarantee that it can be pulled out without 'safe
    disconnect'.
    Other thing is that voltage spikes from motherboard also a killer. USB
    sticks tend to die when the PC suddenly turn off or turn on while the stick
    is already plugged in.
    Cheaper ones are more prone to that kind of death.
    Verbatim is another good brand.
    Stay away from no name brands and funny name brands you've never heard of.
    Stick with reputable brands, and it's worth few extra dollars.
     
  4. SG1

    SG1 Guest

    My Verbatim 8GB is the slowest drive I have, avoid at all costs.
     
  5. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Check your motherboard USB port of the hub. That may be the reason.
     
  6. SG1

    SG1 Guest

    It is slower than noname brands and Woolies homebrand on the same port. It
    is shit.
     
  7. Damian

    Damian Guest

    May have something to do with USB version?!
    Mine are fine and have been going for years without dramas.
    Noname crap has been dying on me for years.
    Either way, they all are prone to sudden death.
     
  8. Rod Speed

    Rod Speed Guest

    Not when the other drives go at a decent speed.
     
  9. Rod Speed

    Rod Speed Guest

    Nope, its due to the speed of the ram inside it.
     
  10. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Yes, I know now. He wasn't saying it in OP.
     
  11. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Did you mean the tiny amount of RAM inside the microcontroller?!
     
  12. Rod Speed

    Rod Speed Guest

    Nope, the ram on the USB stick.
     
  13. Damian

    Damian Guest

    I prefer to call them flash memory. It's somewhere between standard ROM and
    RAM. It's fairly different type of chip from the ones used in computer RAM.
    I think it's closer to ROM 'cos it's nonvolatile memory.
    It's much slower than computer RAM.

    Have you ever opened up a verbatim usb stick?
    What brand chips do they use that makes them slower?!
     
  14. SG1

    SG1 Guest

     
  15. Rod Speed

    Rod Speed Guest

    They're both. And whatever you call it, it’s the speed of that that’s the
    problem.
    Nope, haven't had one fail.
    Should be on the net somewhere.
     
  16. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Yes. They are a hybrid of ROM and RAM. perhaps why they invented the name
    flash.
    Exactly! That's why I like them. Even if it's bit slower, who cares?! if it
    doesn't stuff up your data out of blue.
    I opened up numerous ones icluding my very first more than ten years ago.
    I've never been able to fix a single one. When they stuff up, it happens
    inside the black box most of the time.
    I believe it's the controller chip that shits itself, not the actual memory.
    Somebody with sufficient soldering gear and experience can recover the data
    with a new chip or some other bypass technique.
     
  17. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    they're not like ram, you cant rewrite random addresses.
    the behviour is closest to EEPROM
     
  18. Whatever you do buy, check it with H2testw.
     
  19. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Yes. we know. It's been already agreed above.
     
  20. Damian

    Damian Guest

    Looks like a cool tool.
     
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