The USB Flash Drive Specifications

If you want to transfer data from one computer to another, what do you do?  Do you take one or more boxes of floppy disk with you or do you take your hard drive with you?  You may send e-mail, but it takes a lot of time to download if you have a large amount of data. 

Now, here is a solution, the USB Flash Drive.  Accessing and transporting data has never been easier with the USB Flash Drive.  The USB Flash Drive is a removable hard disk drive with USB connection and can support up to 256MB disk space, which is 177 times more than a 1.44MB floppy disk.  The USB Flash Drive is a plug and play device, just simply plug into any USB port and the computer will automatically detect it as another removable drive.  Now you can read, write, copy, delete and move data from your hard disk drive to the USB Flash Drive or from the USB Flash Drive to your hard disk drive.  You can even play MP3 files, run applications or view videos directly from the USB Flash Drive.

The USB Flash Drive also supports flash ROM (EEPROM) for ISP (In-System Programming).  Which you can change / update the system firmware anytime and anywhere through USB port.  For security demand, you can use the USB Flash Drive as a key to valuable information on your hard disk drive.  With out the key (which is the USB Flash Drive), the data is not accessible. 

The USB Flash Drive is so compact that you can carry with you anywhere and you hardly notice its existence.  It also comes in various storage capacities of 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB and 256MB, so now you dont have to carry a laptop computer with you to work.  The USB Flash Drive does not require any battery, it does not need any software or cables and it is compatible with IBM PC / compatible desktop and laptop computers with USB port.

No more carrying around works in a laptop computer and no more floppy disks required.  The USB Flash Drive is your solution, the USB Flash Drive is the future.  Come and experience the future with us today.

Features 

           Support flash ROM (EEPROM) for ISP (in-system programming) through USB port.  It can update the system firmware anywhere and anytime for the security demand.

           Support Toshiba & Fujitsu & Samsung NAND flash memory 32Mbit, 64Mbit, 128Mbit, 256Mbit, 512Mbit and 1Gbit.

           Support USB specification reversion 1.1

           Transferring rate up to 12Mbit per second at Full Speed.

           Support power saving mode to reduce the power consumption while using USB Flash Drive in any mobile devices.

           Support Windows 95 OSR2 with USB support / Windows 98 / Windows 98 Second Edition with a device driver.

           Support Windows ME / Windows 2000 / Mac 8.6 or above / Linux 2.4.0 or above with out any device driver.

           Driver available for Linux Redhat 7 & SuSe 7.1 (please note FAQ question1)

           LED indicator when the USB Flash Drive is in use.

           Write / delete protection switch.  Protect you from accidentally delete any data on USB Flash Drive.

           Hard Plug & Play.  Enable you to install USB Flash Drive anytime.

           Durable solid-state storage.

           Powered by USB bus (4.5V ~ 5.5V).  No external power is required.

           Power consumption: Write 39.1mA ~ 39.4mA   Read 35.0mA ~ 36.1mA

           1 year warranty

           Size                                         

Weight                                     

Erase Cycles                  1,000,000 times

Data retention time          10 years

Read transfer                > 750KB/second

Write transfer                 > 450KB/second

Acoustic noise                0 dB (at one meter)

Shock resistance            1000 G (maximum)

Altitude                            80,000 feet (relative to sea level)

 

FAQ (Frequent Ask Questions)

Q1

Can the USB Flash Drive support Linux Kernel version 2.3 or earlier?

ANS

No, the USB Flash Drive only supports Linux Kernel version 2.4 or later.

 

Q2

Which operating system can the USB Flash Drive operate on?

ANS

The USB Flash Drive can be operated on any of the following OS.  Windows 95 with USB support, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Mac 8.6 or above and Linux 2.4.0 or above.

 

Q3

My computer cannot detect USB Flash Drive.  What should I do?

ANS

If you are using Windows 95, make sure that you have enabled the USB function in the BIOS and you have the latest version, which has the USB support, and that you have setup the USB properly using the setup program.  Then install the USB Flash Drive driver.

 

If you are using Windows 98 / Windows ME / Windows 2000, make sure the USB function is enabled in the BIOS, and Windows has detected the USB port successfully.  Then install the USB Flash Drive driver.

 

If you still have problem setting up the USB Flash Drive, then contact one of our technicians.

 

Q4

What kind of data can be store on the USB Flash Drive?

ANS

You can save any type of files on the USB Flash Drive, whether they are text, graphic, program, music or multimedia files.

 

Q5

Will viruses infect the USB Flash Drive? How can I prevent it?

ANS

Yes, the USB Flash Drive is just like your hard drive, it can get viruses via any files that you save onto it.  Therefore anti-virus software is recommended.

 

Q6

Do I need to turn my computer off when installing the USB Flash Drive?

ANS

No, the USB Flash Drive is a hard plug and play device.  You can install the USB Flash Drive anytime you want, even with the computer on.

  

Q7

Can the USB Flash Drive work on earlier PCs?

ANS

Yes, as long as it has a USB connection interface available, and the driver has been set up properly.

 

Q8

When the light is flashing on the USB Flash Drive, what does that mean?

ANS

When the light is flashing, it means the USB Flash Drive is in use and data is been transferred between the USB Flash Drive and host machine.

 

Q9

Is it safe to remove the USB Flash Drive while files are being transferred?

ANS

No, when the light is flashing and the data transfer is taking place, do not remove the USB Flash Drive as it may result of lost file/data, or even damage the USB Flash Drive.

 

Q10

What memory sizes are available for the USB Flash Drive?

ANS

The memory sizes that are available for the USB Flash Drive are, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB and 512MB.

 

Q11

Does the USB Flash Drive have a write protection feature?

ANS

Yes, the USB Flash Drive has a write protection switch on the side of the USB Flash Drive.  When the switch is open, the data can be read and written to the USB Flash Drive, when it is closed, the data can be read but cannot be written on to the USB Flash Drive.

 

Q12

Which personal computers does the USB Flash Drive support?

ANS

USB Flash Drive supports all the PCs, that have a USB port connection and runs under the operating systems that the USB Flash Drive supports (refer Q2).  (Most of the PCs after 1997 have two USB connections)

 

Q13

Can the data on the USB Flash Drive be shared in a networking environment?

ANS

Yes, the data can be shared in a networking environment, as long as the host machine enables the share function for the USB Flash Drive.

 

Q14

Can the USB Flash Drive be used as a boot disk?

ANS

No.  Currently the USB Flash Drive cannot be used as a boot disk, because it requires a BIOS ROM on the PCs motherboard that supports USB.

 

Q15

Can the USB Flash Drive be formatted? How?

ANS

Yes, the USB Flash Drive can be formatted under Windows 98, Windows ME and Windows 2000, using normal formatting function.

 

Q16

Can the USB Flash Drive be used under DOS environment?

ANS

No, because DOS does not support USB devices, hence the USB Flash Drive cannot be used in a DOS environment.

 

Q17

If the USB Flash Drive is dropped in water, what should I do?

ANS

Dry the USB Flash Drive thoroughly before using the USB Flash Drive again.  Otherwise it may cause a short circuit when inserting into the USB port.

 

Q18

What are the applications for USB Flash Drive?

ANS

(a)  It can transfer files more than 1.44MB

 

(b)  Laptop users found that the USB Flash Drive reduces the bulk and weight of the equipment that they must carry when using laptop computers.

 

(c)   Put hundreds of photos on a USB Flash Drive - it becomes a small, portable photo album.

 

(d)  For people who need to work both at the office and at home, USB Flash Drive can eliminate the slow data transfer, unreliable and frustration of sending large data by e-mail.

 

(e)  Physical security of the USB Flash Drive helps to keep confidential data secure.

 

(f)  For environments with durst, pet hair or other environment conditions that cause unreliable operation of floppies and other removable medias, the USB Flash Drive offers a faster, smaller and more reliable alternative.

 

Q19

What interfaces does the USB Flash Drive supports?

ANS

The USB Flash Drive only supports the USB interfaces.  The USB Flash Drive can be inserted directly into any USB port or connected to the computer through a USB cable with A-type plug and A-type receptacle.

 

Q20

How many times can the USB Flash Drive be used and how long can the data be stored on the USB Flash Drive?

ANS

The USB Flash Drive can be written and erased at least 1 million times; data on the USB Flash Drive can be stored more than 10 years.

 

Q21

What operating systems will the USB Flash Drive NOT support?

ANS

The USB Flash Drive will not support Windows 95 or Windows NT, since neither of these operating systems supports USB devices.

 

Q22

How many USB Flash Drives can I connect to a single computer?

ANS

In theory, USB allows 127 USB Flash Drive to be connected to a single PC, however, practically under windows operating system, due to the alphabetical ordering of the disk drive and existing drives, the maximum USB Flash Drive that can be connect to a single PC is 23 by using USB hubs.

 

Q23

What types of memory does the USB Flash Drive use?

ANS

The USB Flash Drive uses highly reliable and non-volatile flash memory.

 

Q24

Can other programs be running at the same time while using USB Flash Drive?

ANS

Yes, other programs/applications can be running at the same time while using USB Flash Drive.

 

Q25

Can ScanDisk be used with the USB Flash Drive?

ANS

Yes, ScanDisk can be used with the USB Flash Drive.

 

Q26

Does USB Flash Drive resist vibration, magnetic fields and humidity?

ANS

The USB Flash Drive is highly resistant to vibration and can be operate under wide ranges of magnetic fields and humidity.

 

Q27

When an application such as Word or Excel is running, what happens if I pull the USB Flash Drive out?

ANS

If an application is running and you pull out the USB Flash Drive, the computer screen will go blank.  Just press the Esc key to return to normal.

 

Q28

What should I do if the USB Flash Drive icon does not appear/disappear on the screen after inserting/extracting?

ANS

Simple click the View menu and select Refresh.

 

Q29

What precautions should be taken while using the USB Flash Drive?

ANS

Wait for few seconds upon inserting and removing of the USB Flash Drive, to give time to operating systems to recognize the USB Flash Drive.  Avoid removing immediately after inserting the USB Flash Drive or perform repetitive insertion / removals.

 

Q30

What happens if I drop the USB Flash Drive?

ANS

There is no need to worry about dropping the USB Flash Drive, because USB Flash Drive is highly shock proof.

 

Q31

What are the differences between the USB Flash Drive and Compact Flash, Smart Media, Multimedia card, Memory Stick, Secure Digital card and USB hard disk drive?

ANS

The advantage of the USB Flash Drive over all the other memory cards is that it can be connected to the USB port directly and the data can be accessed with out an external card reader, and the flash memory storage products and drives are not compatible to each other.

 

USB hard disk drives are much heavier and more delicate than the USB Flash Drive.  It is only a hard disk drive with a USB interface.  USB Flash Drive is much smaller, lighter and rugged.  Its more ideal for mobile use.