SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ6-4096-A10
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ6-4096-A10
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|Product Length:||2.0 inches|
|Product Width:||0.75 inches|
|Product Height:||0.3 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.05 pounds|
|Package Length:||6.0 inches|
|Package Width:||4.5 inches|
|Package Height:||0.7 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.05 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 209 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 209 customer reviews )
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177 of 180 found the following review helpful:
Great thumb drive, U3 software not as good as expected. Sep 04, 2006
The thumb drive performs well and is up to Sandisk quality. Having 4GB capacity is great, I had outgrown my 1GB Lexar device. I currently use 3.5GB to carry around software as a computer professional as well as some personal files. The drive is slim allowing insertion in 'tight spots' at the rear of computers.
The feature that attracted me to this unit is the U3 software and the bundled apps such as Avast anti-virus and Skype. Being able to run your favorite apps on any computer using your preferences is wonderful. The drive can be optionally protected via a password which is important to me since I keep scans of important documents on it 'just in case' they go astray.
The U3 software isn't as good as expected however, here are my findings about the U3 software.
It is slow to run on older computers. I have come across one computer it crashes on everytime I insert the drive (Medion brand computer). Since my files are password protected I can't get to them on that computer. To be fair I have run the software on dozens of other computers without a hitch.
The password protection works well, however I preferred the Lexar secure drives, they partition the drive into 2 areas, a protected and unprotected area. Making the entire drive secure prevents me 'passing on' my drive for someone to load a file on their system unless I type my password in, which of course gives them access to all my sensitive files as well.
Running software apps as part of the U3 platform works quite well, both Sandisk and U3 provide a wide range of software to choose from, much of which is free. I have Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Avast, Open Office, an FTP client and much more available to me while I use another computer. I find the apps run too slowly to be my primary software platform as I hoped it would become, this is true even on USB 2.0 systems, on 1.1 systems it's hopelessly slow. Consequently I use the application software more as a troubleshooting tool or option of last resort. Both U3 and Sandisk 'certify' the apps they provide as true U3 applications which means when you run the software from the thumb drive it will not impact the host computer at all after it is unplugged. The downside to this certification is that the latest versions of apps are not immediatly available until they go through the certifcation process.
Someone else here complains that the U3 software cannot be removed. It can, there is a special removal tool available from U3 website. Warning - once removed it can never be reloaded on the device, they do not and will not provide a downloadable version of U3. I have updated the U3 software and apps from the Sandisk website without any hitches.
I would unload the U3 software if I didn't also lose the password security. If you do not need security and want a better option to run your apps, I suggest 'Portable Apps' (do a google search on portableapps) as an alternative to the U3 software. Using the PStart utility to replace the U3 launchpad you can make it run as well as the U3 software and gain the ability to run the very latest apps of your choice without waiting for U3 or Sandisk to certify it. You can also copy the entire contents to another drive or backup the drive to a personal computer. System transfer or total backup can't be done with the U3 platform. I run the portable apps software on my Sandisk U3 drive with great results, I rarely use the U3 certified apps anymore and have unloaded most of them.
23 of 23 found the following review helpful:
It works fine with a Mac Aug 07, 2006
By Gary Coyne
To clear up some confusion, the DRIVE works fine on a Mac, the SOFTWARE doesn't work at all. When I inserted this drive into my Mac (OS X.4.7) my computer said it was a blank CD and I needed to select which program I wanted to use with it. I selected Disk Utility so I could erase the drive and selected Mac OS (Journaled). Once I did that (and provided a name), it works just fine. It's very fast for transfers and I'm a happy camper.
If you want to keep this drive available to transfer data back and forth between Macs and PCs, do what I just suggested, but select MS-DOS File System for the formatting. This will ease the U3 software on the drive, but who cares. Note: if you do format the drive for this format (and not Mac formatting) file transfer on the Mac will suffer a performance hit. That's just the way it is. When you run a PC formatted disk on a Mac, you have to have some emulation going on and that eats up cycles. However, if you place a Mac formatted disk into a PC, it will not know what to do at all other than to offer to erase the drive. So, if you want/need to play with PCs you will have to accept the performance hit. If you never go near PCs, just format for Mac and be a happy camper too.
Since the U3 software is irrelevant to me, my review is not based on the significance that I removed it entirely from the drive.
21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Great Travel Companion Sep 06, 2006
By Too Cold in Madison
I travel 3-5 days per week in my job and end up using many different computers. That's why I love U3. I use Firefox to keep all of my bookmarks and plug-ins available on any computer. I use Thunderbird to manage my personal e-mail. I use Zinio Reader to store and read the several digital magazines to which I subscribe to avoid paper. I can do all of this from any computer with USB anywhere I go without having any effect on that computer. This is great given my company's incredibly rigid IT policy (absolutely no personal software on company machines, including laptops).
U3 can be a bit slow, but not frustratingly so. You can set your computer to not run U3 on connecting.
The drive has great capacity in a small and durable package. I recommend it to any traveler.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
BE CAREFUL Sep 28, 2006
By Reston Dane
I mainly use my drive for playing mp3's in my car stereo. I plugged the 4gb drive into the computer and it starts running all the U3 stuff. I close that down and open the drive. I delete all the u3 files. I copy mp3's to it and forget about it.
The next day, I plug it in my car and it says no music data present. I get to work and plug it in. All the u3 stuff starts running again. I check the drive and the u3 files are back! What was worse is that all my other files were obliterated!!!!!
I have discovered that there is a U3 uninstall tool that will permanently erase the U3 stuff and turn it into a 'dumb' drive if you so desire. [...]
So be careful when you get one and don't just start copying files willy-nilly like I did.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
A Mac users Review. Jan 30, 2007
I should have read the reviews here first but I saw the price and bought the Sandisk Cruzer only because I have had good experiences with other Sandisk products. First I am on an Intel iMac and the first thing is a CD image loads on the desktop as well as the USB Flash drive. The flash drive comes installed with "U3" no idea what it is because it doesn't work on Mac OSX. I ran disk utilities to erase, the Flash drive itself was erased but the CD image still stays. Even after reformatting with 1 Partition the CD image stays.
Mac users need to take this flash drive to a PC and uninstal the U3 software to get rid of the pesky and uneeded software. (This gets rid of the CDimage.) You need to again run disk utility and erase on a Mac to use. After this drawn out process, the drive operates fine. Funny heh? Sandisk obviously got sold on this idea by U3. Again I have no idea what this software does as Macs can't run it. But does a flash drive need any complicated software?
There are other brands of flash drives with the U3 software on them. So besure to look for the information. Most of the retail packaging has it written on them. But you will be hard pressed to see any indication online.
Again, Sandisk has had a good reputation of memory cards, but if they start this U3 nonsense on memory cards they will lose me as a faithful customer. After the reformatting, and about two weeks worth of use the drive works without any problems.
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