We are gonging
to look at a type of product everyone should have or at least have access to for
transferring information. Flash drives or otherwise known as, Thumb
Drives, Memory Sticks, Pen Drives and so on. The one we recently got our
hands on was OCZ's Mini Cart 1gig ultra small USB removable hard drive.
This unit is not new but it is unique. This mini drive comes in three
sizes 512 meg 1 gig and 2 gig so OCZ is probably marketing this product
for the consumer that needs more space then your standard 128 or 256
drive advertised in the Sunday adds at your local office supply chains.
What we are going to do is take a look at the overall transfer rate,
reliability, cost, not to mention installation and overall usability.
OCZ has provided our staff with many products in the past that have
performed superb, so I am expecting allot from this device hopefully OCZ
will not let me down.
Installation of a USB drive is almost
to easy other then drivers of course. So I will briefly go over what
OS's I used this device on and what was needed to get the drive to
work... With windows XP no drivers are needed as long as you have SP1
with the latest security updates from May 2006 and before. Windows XP
SP2 and Windows 2000 Professional SP4 all work great they show up as a
removable drive and auto assign a drive letter in My Computer. On the
Linux side of the world this devices works almost as flawless as on
windows side for installation. With the newer versions of Centos 4.0+
the auto mount works and creates the drive directory. With older version
on Linux like Centos 3 and Fedora 5 a manual mount was required but
nothing out of the ordinary for Linux users. Just use the # mount /mnt/USB_DISK/
or what ever directory you need to associate with the mini cart and you
are all set. Be careful to make sure you umount after done I don't know
how many times I forgot and had to reformat drives in the past.
Appearance is something worth
mentioning with the mini cart USB drive. This unit is extremely small
and thin. It can fit in your wallet or a change purse. This can
be a good and bad thing being so small can lead to being misplaced but
in my opinion all USB flash drives have that problem so it really
shouldn't be a factor. This ultra small design is great when dealing
with a PC that has multiple USB devices and limited space if you by
chance have a mouse or keyboard that seems to infringe on the use of the
second port you know what I mean. Other then the size the Mini-Kart is
pretty simple so I think I will leave the appearance for face value
small and simple.
Dimensions: 43mm x 19mm x 2.8mm (L x W x H)
Speed USB 2.0 Certified
Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)
Available in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB capacities
LED Status Light
Mini-Kart 512MB -
Mini-Kart 1GB -
Mini-Kart 2GB -
Applications OCZ Technology makes data storage and transferring
easier and more portable than ever with the OCZ Mini-Kart USB Flash
Drive. The ultra thin and lightweight Mini-Kart holds up to 2GBs of data
in an ultra-compact unit that you have to see to believe.
The Mini-Kart housing is 2.8mm thick, making this compact unit small
enough to store in your wallet, ensuring that it is always handy to
access or transfer documents, music, pictures and videos from your home
or work computer. As a result of the incredibly thin Mini-Kart profile
you’ll never have to unplug surrounding USB ports to make room, a common
problem with many oversized competitor drives. The Mini-Kart has a
highly durable USB connector that is designed to be exposed without any
Instantaneously play music, view images, or open files as if the
Mini-Kart was an onboard hard drive with True Plug and Play
functionality. The ultra-thin miniature USB 2.0 Mini-Kart drive is
designed with ultimate portability and reliability in mind and is backed
by a 3 year warranty.