Date: September 25th, 2007
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Corsair
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Installing a flash drive should be easy, right? Just plug it in, and start transferring files. Well, the Survivor is just that easy, but Corsair has also included a little security app called TrueCrypt, which comes preloaded on the Survivor.
My Survivor wasn't recognized immediately by TrueCrypt (drive letter N), so I had to go through a few easy steps to create an encrypted partition on the drive.
Following the wizard, I went ahead and created a new partition, using the whole drive.
TrueCrypt gives you eight different methods of encryption. I chose to stick with the basic AES, after which I was prompted to enter a password. If you choose one too short, TrueCrypt will alert you to this, recommending a minimum of 20 letters and numbers.
All done! Now, the drive can be manually mounted in the file system, and used as a regular flash drive. This method, however, requires TrueCrypt to be installed on all computers you plan on moving files to and from, which is not a huge deal as the setup files come on the Survivor.
”Now, for the speed test. Corsair provides a chart that lists common file transfers and speeds, so I put together files of similar sizes to test if their claims were accurate. By and large, they were. A 280mb zip file took 18 seconds to transfer, while a much larger 1.6gb file took just over 80 seconds. Not bad at all! Corsair's claim to speed is right on the money.”