I have read some negative reviews of this product, but was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt over the U3 functionality, Sandisk name and price.However the first time I tried to copy bulk data onto the drive it failed, and I have had to subsequently reformat it twice. The whole point of a USB drive is it is for backup, thus HAS to be reliable, so it has failed its primary function at the first attempt!
Ive had this flash drive for about a week and i love it, its so light and easy to use, loads of room, some say its flimsy, but id rather a light one then a bulky one! Orange light is very cool, passwork protection is cool aswell, the U3 thing i can imagine being handy, although ive had no use of it yet, all in all i would advise buying.
as with ALL flash drives/sticks, please remember that they will all only work for a LIMITED amount of reads and writes, before eventually giving up and not working at all-this is perfectly normal! they simply do not last forever. when your own stick does eventually give up, you will never be able to get your data back - so only ever use a flash stick to transfer files from one pc to another, and NEVER use a flash stick on its own to store important files, unless you have backup copies of the same files already on your computer. I have had 2 flash sticks (different manufacturers) and both gave up in the end, after around 3 to 4 months of heavy usage. add your files to your stick, but do not delete them from your computer. the only other thing I should mention is that flash sticks are very slow in transferring large files both from and to the stick - so with large 16GB flash sticks, you'll need some patience if you work with alot of large files!
This is the 3rd Sandisk Cruzer that I've purchased for myself, and I have purchased several others for friends/family as well. I've found them to be very reliable, and well designed. The retractable end is a useful feature, and I'm suprised that this is not a common feature amongst USB sticks. I will continue buy/recommend more of these as necessary. Highly recommended.
Only had it three months. Was reasonably pleased with it at first, transfer rates were decent. But now it's died, with no apparent reason. Tried all the usual methods to revive it, no joy. Ah well, at this price you can't really complain.