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Verbatim TUFF-'N'-TINY 8GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable / Purple) Model 96816

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Penny-thin, travel-tough and water-impermeable, the Verbatim TUFF-‘N’-TINY USB drive offers secure storage in one of the most compact, durable USB flash drives in the world. It is rugged and resistant to dust, water and static discharges for everyday use, offers password security for Windows users and comes with key ring lanyard to attach to your mobile phone or key ring. Compatible with all USB ports and supporting Windows (7, Vista, XP or 2000), Mac OS (9.x or higher), and Linux (kernel 2.6x or higher), the TUFF-‘N’-TINY is a perfect daily on-the-move storage solution.

  • newegg Tiny and Tough The Verbatim TUFF-'N'-TINY USB flash drive is about the size of a penny and resists dust, water and static discharges for everyday handling.
  • newegg Ultra-Portable Attach it to your mobile phones or key rings and carry your data wherever you go without worrying about the elements or losing the unit. Password security feature protects sensitive data (for Windows).

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Tech Spec

USB Specification
USB 2.0
30 x 12 x 2mm
Color: Purple

Tiny, rugged USB drive measures 1.19 x 0.5 x 0.06 inch

Resistant to dust, water and static discharges

Compatible with ALL USB ports

Password security for Windows users

Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000, Mac OS 9.x or higher, Linux kernel 2.6x or higher

Bonus key ring lanyard for mobile phones or key rings

Manufacturer Warranty

Lifetime limited
Lifetime limited

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime

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  • Adam P.
  • 6/18/2014 1:25:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice small device that may not be dependable in some cases

Pros: Great size and price

Cons: Not dependable in some cases.

Other Thoughts: I really wanted this to work out. I love the form and size of the flash drive. When I got it I unpacked it and tried it out. As expected it worked great. I kept it in my pocket (on my keys) since then. The other day I needed a flash drive so I pulled it out and… the computer will not recognize the device. I’ve tried it on three total computers (all PC) and none of them recognize the device. It’s really too bad :( Keep that in mind if you buy this drive and intend to keep it on you keychain, in your pocket.

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  • George L.
  • 10/17/2013 6:09:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTuffie died easily - avoid

Pros: small size. has password security

Cons: Used it only every few months to update personal data. After a few uses, it just died. Computer recognizes it when inserted, but cannot save any file to it. Tried to format but computer ask to insert when it is already inserted. Will see whether Verbatim will fulfill its Lifetime Warranty claim.

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  • Kelley C.
  • 1/3/2013 6:54:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA skeptic made into a believer

Pros: Tiny. Works on every PC I've tried. Did I mention tiny?

Cons: None so far. Although all plastic construction could cause problems for longevity.

Other Thoughts: I was really surprised by this drive. I bought it as a bonus when I bought a Kingston DT108 (the folding USB drive), thinking there wouldn't be much to it. It has become my primary backup USB drive on my keyring. I do have some concerns about the drive's longevity given its plastic construction and ring, but I've had no trouble so far.

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  • Christopher Z.
  • 7/10/2012 5:42:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNOT-VERY-TUFF-BUT-TINY

Pros: great form factor and worked well for about 7 months then just quit...very disappointing

Cons: Short life span

Manufacturer Response:

Hi - I'm the eCommerce Marketing Mgr for Verbatim. Sorry your Tuff'n'Tiny stopped working for you. They do carry a limited lifetime warranty. If you'll contact our Tech Support (they also do our Warranty Administration), they can replace it for you. Please call 800-538-8589. You can reach me at if you need any additional assistance. Thank you! Bev

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  • Natalie H.
  • 3/1/2012 10:41:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy.

Pros: None

Cons: Arrived Dead. Did not work at all!

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  • Steven K.
  • 11/30/2011 6:19:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeriously tough and very tiny

Pros: Very, very tough. Survived a trip through a washing machine and came out just fine (I made sure to let it dry thoroughly before attempting to plug it in).

It's tiny size actually makes it MORE durable; I've lost two USB drives due to the fact that they were sticking out the side of my laptop and got bumped or jostled or caught on something as I set my laptop down (one even destroyed my computer's USB slot, pulling the plastic right out from under the metal connectors). There is no metal sleeve to separate from the rest of the device, the plastic isn't pliable, but it's not rigid either. Files could still read/write just fine as I jiggled it up and down, back and forth.

NO MORE CAPS TO LOSE. No more swing components, moving parts or other physical components to worry about.

Did I mention tiny? It's about the thickness of a penny. Great for USB slots stacked close together. Like where I could never cram 2 regular size drives in next to each other.

Cons: Lost it for about a month because it's so tiny and I somehow forgot I had it; after I first opened it, I tossed it in a desk drawer jammed with pens, staples, the usual desk clutter.

Other Thoughts: There are many other cheaper 8GB USB drives on Newegg and elsewhere, but for the quality, this is a great deal. If you think about how many times you've absolutely needed a flash drive and shelled out $24.99 at Staples or Best Buy for a mediocre 2GB drive, this is very reasonably priced in comparison.

And if you tend to have multiple things plugged into your USB slots, these are fantastic. Our desk computer is just a touchscreen monitor, so to fit in all the ports and slots that are usually on a tower, HP stacked the USB slots vertically instead of next to each other. With a wireless keyboards and whatever else plugged in, we couldn't use a JumpDrive and Store'n'Go at the same time unless you pulled the monitor out and pushed them in at the same time.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 9/14/2011 7:14:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt really is tiny!

Pros: I bought this as a key chain drive that I could always have with me. I've tried others before, but like to keep my key chain as minimalist as possible. This works great! Its tiny and comes with a mini-lanyard to connect it to your key chain.

Cons: When transferring very large files to it, it seems that the transfer speeds progressively decrease (ie at start of transfer ~25MB/s, by end of transfer ~15MB/s).
I did not take any eggs away for this because it's not noticable unless transferring 4GB+ files.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to anyone needing/wanting to have an ultraportable storage solution.

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  • Russell C.
  • 7/18/2011 9:34:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Very small. Quick.

Cons: It's so small I might lose it. All it needs is a beeper.

Other Thoughts: Works great! After two years it's still quick and works great. What more can you ask for?

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  • Yan H.
  • 5/17/2011 10:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWriting Performance is very bad

Pros: Thin and small. It's really tiny

Cons: It gets hot. Very hot...
Writing performance is very very bad. It often gets stuck at last 1% of a large file

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
Our Tuff n Tiny has a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Please contact our Tech Support Group at 800-538-8589 for replacement.

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  • Kenneth R.
  • 5/17/2011 6:05:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: 1. Tiny.
2. Moderately large capacity.
3. Static-discharge resistant (important if on keychain).
4. "SecureZone" password protection.

Cons: 1. Easy to lose unless kept on keychain, backpack, etc.
2. Not the fastest car in the garage (8-9 MB/sec. writes).
3. "SecureZone" login is SLOW (10-20 seconds).

Other Thoughts: Did not buy this one from NewEgg, but do want to buy a pair of 16's from NewEgg (prefer one 32 but it's as expensive as two 16's ... PLUS an 8!).

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