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CENTON DataStick Pro 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DSP16GB-009
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Worked Quite Well ("worked" that is) 01/30/2015

This review is from: CENTON DataStick Pro 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DSP16GB-009

Pros: Average speeds for read/write. Lasted nearly 5 years of heavy service. Good aluminum body felt more high quality than most other sticks. Warranty was valid even after 5 years!

Cons: Average speeds for read/write (yep, that's a con too). Removable cap is easy to loose. I much prefer sticks that allow me to stick the cap on the other side of the stick. There is also no keychain/strap loop for a wire/strap - easy to loose.

Those negatives above is the only reason I knocked an egg off of the rating.

Other Thoughts: I have to give a review of this because of all the negative comments here.

My previous work gave me one of these, as they do all employees, back in 2010. I made very heavy use of it: mostly formatting time and time again loading up different Windows, Linux and Bitcoin boot ISOs (which always changes the MBR). I also copied very large mkvs (8 to 12 GB) to move around from time to time. Constantly formatting and copying again. I also copied 1000s of small files for drivers for those OS installs.

Only recently, in late 2014, did it fail me. And I think this was partially my fault: I was trying to format it with ext4 for Linux (for the first time! all other times was either Fat32 or NTFS). It would work some times, but not all the time. When I decided it wasn't working, I went back to format it with NTFS - this is when the drive was not detected any longer. Putting it back into the Linux machine, I removed all partitions - only to get errors such as "WRITE Protected." Windows now sees it, but won't let me format it saying a similar error, "Unable to write."

Note, I've had this for nearly 5 years... I went to Centon's website and filled out their RMA process - and they are sending me a new one. Wow.

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Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT240GB-DX 240GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very impressed that this drive matched the performance of my 2.5" SSD. All laptops should use mSATA drives to free up their 2.5" bays.

Cons: Failed after 8 months of use. Usage was about 1 or 2 days a week, on all day for travel and work. Nothing excessive.

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ADATA Premier SP600 ASP600S3-32GM-C 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works out of the box as expected. Fast matching most other drives. Came with a full retail kit of mounting hardware, which is nice.

Cons: The instructions show nothing about installing. I know I know, screws are just screws. See "Other Thoughts" below.

Wish it was bigger.

Other Thoughts: Has an akward "double sided sticky tape" mount that I am trying to figure out how to use.

I know the 64 GB version was only $10 more. But considering I am buying a lot of these for mining rigs, I'd save a few hundred by sticking with the 32GB ones.

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ERIC D.'s Profile

Display Name: ERIC D.

Date Joined: 01/11/04

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  • First Review: 08/23/06
  • Last Review: 01/30/15
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