SanDisk USB Keys Are Awesome
I was looking all over for my SanDisk 256 MB USB key yesterday (yes, I know it's small in the grand scheme of things, especially considering they sell a 4 GB version), as I didn't want to have to use my external hard drive to move data between my old laptop and my new laptop -- the USB key is so much more convenient. So I was a bit miffed when I couldn't find it.
So I'm taking some clothes out of the dryer today, and lo and behold, there's my USB key, after having just gone through a full wash and dry cycle. I thought the thing was hosed, but plugged into my computer, every bit of data is still on there and works like a charrm.
So if anybody's looking for a durable USB key, I highly recommend the SanDisk.
Now I just need to get a bigger one for moving larger collections of files so I don't have to use an external hard drive.
On a related note, I moved data from my old laptop to my new one with an old 20 GB laptop hard drive that I stuck in one of these enclosures (don't let the cheap price fool you -- these things are great). The problem is that moving about 12 GBs of data (all the stuff inthe "My Documents" folder) over a USB 1.1 connection (old laptop) is a slow experience. But it is very handy to have a 20 GB external hard drive at my disposal -- but USB keys are still far handier.