Sandisk 8GB Cruzer Micro USB Readyboost-Compliant Flash Drive Cruzer Micro now ships with U3 smart technology. Co-Invented by SanDisk, U3 technology gives you the ability to carry your files AND your software on a secure USB drive. You can have your wallpaper, preferences, favorites, profiles, and more -everything you need for a familiar computing experience on any PC, wherever you go. Features: * Retractable USB connector * Brilliant amber LED * U3 smart enabled * Loaded with the following U3 programs: * CruzerSync synchronization software * SignupShield password manager *SKYPE "Make video calls from PC to PC" * VAST antivirus software * Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified (backwards compatible with all USB 1.1 ports) *Compatible with Windows 2000, SP4 and XP * Certified Windows 2000 and XP Specifications: Type: USB Flash Drive Memory Size: 8GB Size (L x W x H): 2.25" x 0.31" x 0.08" Security: U3 Smart Technology
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189 of 193 found the following review helpful:
SanDisk's 8GB Cruzer Micro - Great All-Around USB Drive May 03, 2008
"Technology, Music and Movies"
SanDisk 8 GB Cruzer Micro
The Cruzer Micro is a great USB flash drive with some significant advantages. You don't have to worry about losing the cap. There is a chance of getting dust in the head, so make sure to clean it from time to time with compressed air. Kingston also makes some retractable USB models as well, but in general I still prefer SanDisk.
This guy has 2, 4 and 8 GB sizes. 8GB is kind of the minimum size I would purchase at this point, since I have a ton of smaller drives already. This guy has the smallest case out of regular USB drives out there. The only way to get smaller storage is to my a memory card or a micro drive.
The small slot and ring are not really sturdy enough to secure this drive. The Cruzer Slide, on the other hand, has a nice attachment ring. But it is much bigger than the Micro, meaning that many users will still opt for this one instead.
I make a point of obliterating the U3 software whenever I get a new drive. That way I don't have to worry about it loading itself every time I insert it. It just slows it down and I don't use those apps anyway.
Pros: + Great storage capacity in a brand that honors their warrantees + The case is small and attractive + The slide-back head means there is no cap to be lost + Nice color options for different tastes + Durable body and NAND memory stands up to a lot of abuse + Compatible with old and new Mac and PC Operating Systems (XP, Vista, OS X) + USB 2.0 connection is backwards compatible for older computers + Easy to format and enable encryption to protect your data + Prices are nice on a $ per gigabyte basis
Cons: - Personally I'm not crazy about the U3 software on Sandisk USB drives - The attachment slot is small and somewhat flimsy - Not as easy to hook it on to things as the Cruzer Slide - Still somewhat slow speed in copying large files, limited by USB transfer rate
Overall this is a great USB drive with good capacity. If you need something you can easy attach to key-chains and don't mind a slightly larger body, you may want to step up to the Cruzer Slide. If you want the smallest most stylish USB drive you can get, this is it.
106 of 109 found the following review helpful:
How to Disable U3 Virtual ROM Drive Jul 20, 2008
By cccp 0. These instructions are for Windows XP. 1. In Windows Explorer allow hidden files to be seen. 2. Delete everything in 'new' Cruzer. -- If you click on the 'U3...(E:) drive, it will now hang. 3. Right click on 'Removable Disk (F:) and choose 'Properties'. 4. Click on the 'Hardware' Tab. 5. There will be 2 listings for 'SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device'. -- Type = 'Disk Drives' -- Type = 'DVD/CD-ROM Drives' 6. Highlight the second 'DVD/CD-ROM Drives'. 7. Click the 'Properties' button. A new pop-up will appear. 8. At the bottom there is a pull-down menu titled 'Device usage'. 9. Choose 'Do not use this device (disable)'. 10. Click the 'OK' button. 11. Now the 'U3...(E:)' drive will disappear from Windows Explorer.
41 of 45 found the following review helpful:
Almost perfect Apr 06, 2008
By Paul M. Heaney
Have been using this 8Gig USB drive for few months (replaced Sandisk 4Gig). Works great, no probelms in using and (so far) zero hassle in using. So why 4 stars and not five? -Does not come (at least in my purchase) a round-the-neck lanyard. Maybe this was a error in the original plastic packaging but without this, worried about forgetting it. -I cannot get rid of the pre-installed software on this. (As soon as I plug in via USB, it "pops up" a message and then my (Vista) PC displays the device discovered message. I have tried to uninstall the software to make the USB drive a "dumb" device but after three attempts (format, erase and using the device software's uninstall programme), nothing works.
Otherwise, have used Sandisk in past, all have worked great and I really have recommended this to friends as an ideal backup solution.
308 of 367 found the following review helpful:
U3 technology to automatically load software on your PCs Feb 11, 2008
By another shopper I'm not a big fan of technology that tries to automatically load software on my PC, especially without asking my permission. I deleted the software Sandisk preloaded on the USB flash drive, but wait: this device mounts as *two* USB drives, and one is read-only and looks like a 5 MB CD-ROM to the OS. It has an autorun script and zipped software on it, and the only way I've found to keep it off the computer is to not use this product.
I guess Sandisk's business model is to have the bloatware makers subsidize this product. And, it's in the bloatware makers interest to have unsuspecting users loading their wares onto multiple machines.
Since this isn't clearly explained on the packaging, it seems sort of sneaky to me that they'd try to spread their software this way -- the type of thing that inspires class action lawsuits. Hence, the low rating.
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Stopped working after 30 days. Aug 06, 2008
By Jason I was given this product as a birthday gift, so it wasn't possible to return it. The product worked well on my Mac and I used in on the PC's at school. I can still retrieve my data from the drive, but the problem is, that the drive is telling me that there is no more room left for anything else. This is remarkable, since all that I stored on the drive was about several dozen word documents over the course of 30 days. Every time I try to save something more to it, it tells me that there is either no room left, or that the drive is damaged. Trust me when I say that I took very good care of this flash drive, so the fact that it could be damaged is very strange to me. Now I have to buy a new drive, and I was looking forward to using this one for many years to come. How unfortunate. If anyone has any ideas as to how I should try to fix this problem, please leave me a comment below.