Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Darksaber, Jul 6, 2009.
To read this review go to: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AData/S805_Flash_Drive/
a lot of flash drive manufactures like to use two sets of memory, a fast one at the front and a small one at the rear. It helps trick some benchmark apps into thinking the drive is faster than it is.
Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Especially since ATTO only really benches with the first 8GB of the drive. But as long as we catch that and adjust the overall performance accordingly, all is well
back in the early days, many companies used 128-256MB of fast stuff at the front, since the bench apps of the time only tested the first available data slots it made for some very slow drives being sold as very fast drives.
At least these days readyboost capable means it cant be too slow.
On page 2 - I'm sure you meant 32GB, not 32MB ( Not being a prick - just had a micro flashback to 1999 for a moment there
Nice, functional, design, horrible write speed, but on par with many others I suppose.
Biggest thing I'm missing on most Flash Drives now is THE FF--NG WRITE PROTECT SWITCH.
My first Transcend ever had a "on the fly" write protect switch, and it was AWESOME when dealing with suspect machines.
Now days just about NO flash drive has a write protect toggle, and USB viruses / trojans / exploits are through the roof.
It always amases me how, so often, the BEST of ideas simply get flushed down the toilet.
Yeah, that would be so simple to implement... But they probably think its too arhaic...
more like, too easy to break. a little switch like that is easy for the contact to get damaged, making the drive un-writeable and increasing the amount of warranty claims
Well I'm gonna flat out call you wrong there. (No offense )
My transcend is almost 10 years old now, and I STILL use it in treating virus infected PC's today, and it still works perfectly. (Its just starting to get a little to SMALL for modern AV software :\ )
And believe me the drive is battered & beaten to hell & back , looks TERRIBLE, but still works just fine.
It's also been through a washing machine once, dropped down stairs at least a dozen times, and just dropped in general countless times.
I would estimate that I have flicked the write protect switch a few thousand times in its life, but there is really no way of saying.
The only drive I have EVER had a problem like that on is my Kingston DataTraveler - which has a SD card reader built in , and it DOESN'T EVEN HAVE a write protect switch - One of the contact "finger springs" in the card reader was a little too soft and wasn't making contact after a few removals of the SD card. - That design failed in less than 3 months & its still in mainstream production in many other brands all over the world - so i cannot see warranty returns being a realistically plausible reason for removing the switch. But I will accept that ANYTHING is technically possible
I was using the datatraveler so I could use the write protect on the SD card itself, but never got to use it as the SD reader design itself failed before i even needed to use it)
Sorry bud, but that is really 32 MB - That stick still works too.
i lost my 16MB my smallest is a 128MB, i use it for bootable DOS.
Oh yeah, Re-Read the page
Ok, I really like it. Bought it a couple of days back after reading what these guys had to say about it http://www.tipsavenue.com/gadgets-and-extras/a-pro-and-con-review-of-the-a-data-s805-265 (no spam or anything, just interesting reading material). But hell, it ROCKS. I mean.. 5 flash drives lost so far and with this one, if I don't lose my backpack I have a good chance of keeping it alive for some time.
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