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Verbatim 2GB Store 'n' Go Pro USB DriveVerbatim adds encryption and file sync capabilities to 2GB offering
Back in the mid 1990s, the Iomega Zip drive was king of the removable storage market. Highly reliable when compared to the SyQuest drives that it quickly replaced, and sporting a huge 100MB capacity, the Zip became the go to sneakernet solution for portable media storage. Fast forward to today and the media storage of choice has got to be the flash based USB thumb drives. First introduced by IBM and M-Systems in 2001 as an 8MB device, the drives have become extremely popular and have gained in capacity to up to 2GB, a huge leap in storage capacity over just five years since their introduction to the market.
These USB thumb drives have a lot going for them. In addition to their huge storage capacities, they are very easy to use, and quite impervious to destruction. I went surf fishing with my car keys in my pocket and a Thumb drive attached to the key ring, and I was still able to successfully read and write from an 8MB M-Systems Disk-on-Key.
The latest capacity drive we've tested here at DMN is the Store 'n' Go Pro USB drive from Verbatim. It sports a write speed of 14MB per second and is an ideal device for not only storing data, but because of its large capacity, it can serve very proficiently as a backup device. The blue device features LED lights to let you know when the device is reading and writing, and includes a lanyard to help you keep track of it.
The 2GB Store 'n' Go Pro is a USB 2.0 device runs under Windows ME or later and mac OS 9 and later. Under these operating systems a driver is not required. If you are running Windows 98SE, you'll need access to the Internet to download a driver. The device also runs under the Linux kernel version 2.6 (Red Hat, Suse, and Turbo Linux). It features a data retention life span of 10 years (meaning you should transfer your data as new technology emerges to other storage devices before the 10 years is up). USB 2.0 write speeds are rated at up to 14 MB per second and read speeds rated at 23MB second. USB 1.1 write speeds are rated at up to 1MB per second with read speeds rated at up to 1MB second.
The 2GB Store 'n' Go Pro feature V-Safe software that enables you to password protect and encrypt the data that you put on the drive. The benefit with this feature is directly relevant to the device itself. As you may be aware, USB thumb drives, because of their small physical size, are notoriously easy to misplace. If you have sensitive data on the drive and that data is unprotected, anyone with a computer can access that data. Verbatim has added a nice level of protection with V-Safe.
Many folks like to take work with them wherever they may go, be it on business trips or even on vacation, people like to have access to files on their main computer. V-Key is a feature that enables you to synchronize your data and bring it with you. The interface also enables you to perform other functions, such as the capability to eject the drive, login/out, and write protect data.
Thumb drive manufacturers are adding more capability to these devices than when the devices first hit the market. In an effort to differentiate from all the other devices that perform essentially the same thing, they've had to add features such as password protection and encryption and file synchronization. No longer can they sell the devices as simple storage devices because they've become commodity items. Some software that provides a layer of protection of the data stored on these devices makes a more compelling product than just a glorified floppy disc. Verbatim has realized this with the 2GB Store 'n' Go Pro. At around $199, the device is of serious capacity, and it is Verbatim built, backed up by a lifetime warranty. The included software is fairly straightforward. Now if they could figure out a way to keep the drives from being misplaced! For more information, visit www.verbatim.com
John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at [email protected]
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