There's something strangely compelling about tiny gadgets, and EagleTec's USB Nano Flash Drive is no different. Measuring just 19 x 15 x 6mm, the Nano Drive is all about squashing portable storage into as small a package as possible, and that means up to 8GB hanging barely noticeable from your keyring.
Corsair have announced a desktop dock that can turn any USB flash drive into a one-click backup solution. The Corsair Voyager Port has a top-mounted USB 2.0 port and comes with a copy of NovaBACKUP 10; at the push of the Voyager Port's single button, a preset backup is triggered.
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OCZ rolls out a trio of ExpressCard Storage solution in the capacities of 8GB, 16Gb and 32GB configuration. The Slate series flash drives are compatible with Expresscard 34 standard, fit snugly inside your laptop and also works with the ubiquitous USB thanks to a secondary connection via an integrated mini-USB port.
32GB flash based storage is ok but slightly small in comparing to nowadays’ USB thumb drives. Additionally, the specification of maximum read and write sequential speed at 18MB/s and 12.5MB/s respectively are not that impressive either. If you hate the idea of an external drive, USB thumb drive or burning data into optical disks; the Slate series ExpressCard drive is always an option. Price and availability have not yet been announced.
You can get thumb drives for dirt-cheap these days. Last time I purchased a pair of desktop memory, the manufacturer threw in a 2GB flash drive for free. Yeah, they are commodity items like the double A battery at the grocery checkout counter. But what you got are two-bit vanilla production; SuperTalent will soon market a Godfather imprinted USB drives for the gang of Don Corleones.
There have been a lot of problems caused by people bringing in storage devices from home to their workplace. While most people who do this bring in clean drives, others might bring in those with viruses or those that are improperly formatted. Things like this can cause problems on the network and pose a security risk. But with the new IEEE 1667 format standard, things should be getting better.
If you don't mind your Star Wars memorabilia with a healthy dose of cutesy, kitschy appeal, then you'll most likely appreciate the Han Solo Carbonite USB Drive. I mean, you can store your data, and remember how Han Solo was frozen in agony in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back.