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OCZ Mini-Kart USB Flash Drive

 

06/26/06

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.


Specs:

Dimensions: 43mm x 19mm x 2.8mm (L x W x H)       
High Speed USB 2.0 Certified       
True Plug and Play (Compatible with MAC OS X)       
Available in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB capacities       
Blue LED Status Light       
Small Lanyard Keyring       
3 Year Warranty

Part Numbers
       
Mini-Kart 512MB -
OCZUSBM-512
       
Mini-Kart 1GB -
OCZUSBM-1GB
       
Mini-Kart 2GB -
OCZUSBM-2GB

 

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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 issues.

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.

 

 

 

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