Date: July 20th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Crucial
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CRUCIAL GIZMO INTRODUCTION
I don't know about you guys (or gals), but I'm pretty well sick of floppies. With computer programs getting more and more complex, their saved output files are getting larger and larger by the month. Although files being saved are getting larger, the simple portable types of media that we all love to hate have stuck to the same size. If you per chance don't have a CD Rewritable drive, this means that in most cases, you will have to span a file over several floppies using such programs as WinZIP or WinRAR. As everyone will know, this takes some time depending on the size of the file being spanned, and afterwards referencing that it has spanned properly by unzipping it again. Then you go to your destination, try to unzip the file and find out that one of the many disks has been damaged in some way and the file can not be retrieved. After several profane outbursts of four letter words that would make a trucker blush, you have had it, it's time for something easier, something handy, something USB.
Today I will be doing a quick review on Crucial's 128Meg USB Flash drive that is easier to use and very practical.
CRUCIAL CORPORATE PROFILE
Crucial Technology is a division of Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc. Located in Boise, Idaho, Micron manufactures dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips and assembles them into memory modules for the global computer industry. Currently, Micron is the only DRAM manufacturer in the US and one of the three largest in the world. Micron is one of the top suppliers of memory to the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Compaq, Gateway, micronpc.com, HP, and IBM. In response to growing demand for high-quality memory upgrades among end users who wanted the best possible performance from their systems, Micron launched Crucial Technology in November 1996. For the first time, end users were given the opportunity to buy direct from the manufacturer the same memory modules bought by the world's major OEMs for original installation in their systems. Crucial remains the only memory upgrade supplier selling to consumers that is part of a major DRAM manufacturer.