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Patriot Swing 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model PSF8GSBUSB
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Smallest Best Thumb Drive Ever! 07/28/2012

This review is from: Patriot Swing 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model PSF8GSBUSB

Pros: * Super Small (take little room on keychain)
* Durable, Durable, Durable
* Have had several over the years and never a failure

Cons: * Release Lobster Clasp not included
* Painted finish scratches off easily with tons of keys
* Easy to lose if you don't hang on to it (but I'm glad it's small)

Other Thoughts: I'm an IT Consultant and I currently have 3 of these on my keychain now: 1) For applications & installs, Service Packs, etc. 2) As a boot device with various linux based system recovery and backup tools. 3) My "Encrypted" drive for client sensitive information. I've owned, given out, gifted out, or sold out more than 40 of these guys and never a failure yet. It's great for how small it is but I wish Patriot would include a lobster clasp with them for easy removal from keychain. This isn't a big deal as I just bought a pack of 20 from a local craft store for $2. Also I don't care that it's doesn't come with encryption software because I can download and use my own from TrueCrypt.org

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StarTech SAT2510U2S Aluminum and ABS plastic 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Compact, Durable, LED indicators, Included USB cable.

Cons: Out of a dozen or more that I've purchased only one had a screw that was stripped before tightening it down. Nothing a bit of lock-tight couldn't fix.

LEDs might be a bit bright for some during night-time use.

Other Thoughts: Standard SATA+Power configuration on enclosure leaves it attachable by other USB/SATA adapters (purchased separately) including USB 3.0

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StarTech 2.5in SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure w/ 3.5/5.25 Front Drive Bay
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Compact Enclosure, SATA speeds internal, USB Mini Outside, Great use of floppy power connector from PSU, Best use of 3.5" External Bay on PC, able to buy just enclosures separately!!!

Cons: Bay is plastic and not extremely well build (- 1 egg). Of the dozen or more I've installed though I've had only minor issues on a couple and none have failed beyond use.

Other Thoughts: Plastic bay is not a problem if securely fastened on all sides and I have made countless inserts/ejects with no failure.

For the price this bay+enclosure and optional additional enclosures (separate purchase) offer a great value in functionality. Coupled with a HotSwapping program that terminates the SATA drive from the Windows OS and this becomes a hot swappable backup/temp/other drive for any storage needs.

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Michael M.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 02/07/02

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/26/11
  • Last Review: 07/28/12
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