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Review: Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Memory Drive
Posted May 7, 2004 Print Version     Page 1of 1
  

So I'm cracking open the package of a newly arrived Verbatim 512MB Store ‘n' Go USB 2.0 thumb drive ($290) and I think to myself, "What's all the hoopla about?" Every major manufacturer of flash media has its own version of the thumb drive. Some proponents have even speculated that one day thumb drives could store everything unique to an individual user, including applications, transforming desktop computers into generic terminals.

But until then, what can I use this for? Between working in the EMedia office and at home, I have three workstations that I have research spread between: a G4, a P4, and a curmudgeonly old laptop. Back in the pre-thumb drive days, my only real option for consolidating documents and PDFs was via email, but the laptop isn't always connected to the Internet, plus uploading and downloading PDFs can take a while.

Enter the thumb drive. Now I can move files around at will, while also storing backup copies of them. It's so easy to just plug it in to any of the aforementioned workstations (Mac or PC makes no difference) that EMedia's editorial staff has abandoned its former policy of creating an endless number of one-off CD-Rs just to move print-quality images and video files around the office.

Basically, any time you're moving files around that don't need the capacity of DVD (the biggest Store ‘n' Go currently is 1GB); and/or you don't have a LAN to help out; or you're going between a PC, a laptop, and a Mac (cross-platform transfers being impossible with a Zip drive), you really can't go wrong with a thumb drive, especially one as sleek and sturdy as Verbatim's Store ‘n' Go.

www.verbatim.com

System Requirements: Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP or Mac OS 8.6 or higher.

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