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Morbid_Murder

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#1 10 years ago

I'm way behind on technology these days... The college semester just started and I need some kinda USB flash drive to store some memory on for one of my music classes. First off, is "USB flash drive" even the word for it? I hear the term "memory stick" sometimes and even got plenty of results while looking that up, so I wasn't sure which one was right. Ever since I told my friend that I needed to get one, it seems like he's been trying to discourage me from buying anything, trying to convince me to buy some flash drive players he's trying to sell. He even said that some USB flash drives arn't even compatiable with all USB ports. Is this true? I have a really old Dell - I think it's about 9 years old now. I actually planned on buying a USB flash drive from Newegg.com with 16gb for about $30, but I've been thinking if I should get a flash drive player instead - I got some pretty long gaps between my classes and the wait can get boring sometimes. The one he's selling has 1gb and he's letting it go for $25. Are there even flash drive players that come with USB connections? I've never actually seen one - all my friends use iPods. This is the USB flash drive I was thinking on getting: Newegg.com - OCZ Diesel 16GB Single Channel Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model OCZUSBDSL16G - USB Flash Drives Is it worth the buy? And is Newegg still one of best places for buying electronics? I haven't bought anything from them in a pretty long while. Sorry if there was any confusion in all of that. Thanks!




*Daedalus

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#2 10 years ago

Yeah, there a lot of names for those: USB flash drive, memory stick, thumb drive, pen drive... etc.

I don't think you'd need 16GB, but I don't know what kind of music course you're doing, so you'd be the best judge on that. You can get players that are basically just a USB memory stick with a little LCD screen and a headphone jack, but I'd get something more dedicated if you want to listen to music; 1GB will be used up in no time at all.

And yeah, allthough I'm not American, Newegg is still probably the best place.




kow_ciller

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#3 10 years ago

If you want a 16gb I would go for one of the corsair units. I have the 2gb version and it is much faster than any other drive I have used (PNY, Sandisk, OCZ, etc.) its also waterproof so you dont have to worry about it getting wet.




Mr. Pedantic

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#4 10 years ago

First off, you need a new computer if its nine years old.

Anyway: You probably don't need 16GB for a USB drive (might just be better getting a portable HDD if you need that much space). However, it will be able to last you for a long time, and the more space you have to play around with, the more options you will have.

Yes, there are flash drive mp3 players that have USB ports, they look something like this:

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They're not all that great though, they probably don't have much batter life, they don't have that much space so you don't end up with very many songs and sometimes playback quality can be a bit crap, and if you want to store other data in there as well, it's going to be a bit of a squeeze.




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#5 10 years ago
Morbid_Murder;4771226I actually planned on buying a USB flash drive from Newegg.com with 16gb for about $30, but I've been thinking if I should get a flash drive player instead - I got some pretty long gaps between my classes and the wait can get boring sometimes. The one he's selling has 1gb and he's letting it go for $25. Are there even flash drive players that come with USB connections? I've never actually seen one - all my friends use iPods. This is the USB flash drive I was thinking on getting: Newegg.com - OCZ Diesel 16GB Single Channel Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model OCZUSBDSL16G - USB Flash Drives

I wouldn't get a flash player unless you can get a good price on at least an 8GB model. I GB isn't much space for music. If you get a flash drive, this is the best deal going right now and a very good unit. (The rebate says it has to be purchased before 1/31/09).[COLOR=Blue] Newegg.com - CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model CMFUSB2.0-16GB - USB Flash Drives[/COLOR]

Besides being very fast and waterproof as mentioned, it's also very shock resistent to being dropped and crushed.




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#6 10 years ago

I got my 4GB Lexar Firefly for around $15 awhile ago at walmart. I can't see you needing 16GB unless your going to be working with lots of very large music files.

I swear the old sandisk i have is indestructible, its been dropped, thrown, got wet, stepped on, etc... Half the case is missing and its held together with tape now, and the USB connection is bent, it still works great though!




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#7 10 years ago

Flashdrives are great, I always use them to carry data between pcs. The downside I find is that I put off burning backup files onto cds. After all, the files are all right there on a seperate drive. Just recently, I had a virus attack, some kind of macromedia flash thing because I missed one of their security updates, (didn't show in windows update, you have to check seperate with adobe, who now owns macromedia), Anyhow, I couldn't get rid of the virus, so I re-installed windows. That cleared it out, but when I re-inserted the flashdrive it re-infected the machine. Had to re-install again; and all the files that were on the flashdrive I'm considering were a loss. Wouldn't have been lost if I'd have backed up on cd, too.




King_Nothing100

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#8 10 years ago

What I do is I have a 16GB M2 card which goes into my phone for when I want to listen to music, but I can take it out and plug it into the USB adaptor I got with it, when I need to store and access other data on a computer.

Obviously to do this you need a phone which has a memory card ability and headphones aswell, so this might not be the option for you at the moment.




Morbid_Murder

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#9 10 years ago

Thanks for all the suggestions! I probably should've gave the Flash drive player a little more thought.....my music collection alone is a little over 300gb. As for the 16gb, I think I might just go for an 8gb. I'm guessing the amount of space I need for my music class won't even be 200mb (the instructor said a blank CD is fine). One of the reasons I wanted more space was also to backup the data from my PS3 - recently, my friend's PS3 got the rare yellow light error after only having it for 2 months (ridiculous). I'd really hate to lose all my saved games. It'd be hours of work gone down the drain. There's that, and a bunch of random things I'd like to save. I think 8gb should be enough for everything I need. One more question....is it possible to remove data from a flash drive? My computer can't read CD-RW's. I always buy CD-R's =/




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#10 10 years ago

Yeah, you can copy/cut/paste/move/delete files from them like you would from your hard drive.