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Etekcity® USB 3.0 + eSATA 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works, but could use design modifications 07/01/2014

This review is from: Etekcity® USB 3.0 + eSATA 2.5" SATA HDD Hard Drive SSD Enclosure Case For 9.5mm and 12.5mm

Pros: For fast data transfer it's better than the usual USB 2.0 enclosures, has a sturdy case, and 2 cables included - a special USB plus a standard eSATA.

Cons: (1) Special combined USB 2 & 3 cable needed (included), standard ones will not fit. Needs to have both the USB & the eSATA cable connected to your computer in order for the eSATA connection to work, as power only comes through the USB cable. The special USB socket is loose-fitting, and the cable can easily fall out.

(2) User manual does not mention why and how to use the included paper-thin insulating card that must be placed between the hard drive's circuit board and the inside of the enclosure. Unless this insulation is placed against the drive's PCB, it will be electrically shorted due to the flat steel leaf-type tension spring inside the case that presses tightly against it.

(3) Door latch is rather difficult to close far enough to latch.

Other Thoughts: It would have been much better if it had been designed with a small external power supply (wall-wart) instead of the special USB cable, so that standard USB cables could be used. As it is, the cable setup is mechanically awkward, complicated, & easily tangled; furthermore, if you lost or damaged the special USB cable, the enclosure would be useless until you found a replacement.

Why the enclosure's tension spring was placed to press against the vulnerable circuit board on the hard drive instead of its metal top is a mystery, as damage will surely result if it's not used or rips. Somebody wasn't thinking when this was designed.

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SanDisk Cruzer Force 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ71-032G-A46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Beware, you may get an obsolete version 02/27/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Cruzer Force 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ71-032G-A46

Pros: Small, sturdy case.

Cons: Discontinued model - the one I received is an older version from last year that has been superseded due to a shortcoming noted in the SanDisk Forums - unlike previous flash drives, it is detected in Windows and Linux as being a Local Disk-System Disk instead of as a Removable Drive, which means that it cannot be made bootable by most utilities. SanDisk Support responded to customer complaints thusly, quote:

"In mid-2013 SanDisk changed production of Cruzer USB Drives to show up as fixed disk to meet a requirement for Windows 8 certification. At the end of 2013, SanDisk reverted back to producing Cruzer USB Drives as removable disk. There is no tool available to change SanDisk Cruzer USB Drives between fixed and removable disk configuration. SanDisk Cruzer USB Drives in removable disk configuration will be available again shortly in retail outlets."

I will have to RMA it. So, if you want to order one, ask Newegg to verify that it is from a 2014 production run, not 2013.

Other Thoughts: It has a slower write speed compared to other flash drives I have, and there is no activity light.

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Verbatim Store 'n' Go V3 16 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Caribbean Blue
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Update - One of the worst flash drives I've ever had 02/18/2014

This review is from: Verbatim Store 'n' Go V3 16 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Caribbean Blue

Pros: No cap to lose. Read speed is good, write seems slow but may be enough for some users.

Cons: Some clarifications:
1. Not detected in some USB 2.0 ports - looks like its plug length is slightly off, seems to lack about a millimeter of going into some ports far enough to always make contact. Then if wiggled sometimes it connects, sometimes not. This is the only USB piece I've found with this problem.

2. No practical lanyard hole - the small hole is on the slider and disappears into the body when pushed in, so this drive has to be removed from a key ring or lanyard before it can be plugged in.

Other Thoughts: How could they have made a plug that doesn't fit right in all ports, and then make a lanyard hole that vanishes into the body when the slider is pushed in? Somebody wasn't paying attention.

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Date Joined: 07/25/05

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  • Last Review: 07/01/14
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