Tuesday, 05 January 2016 15:17

128GB flash/cloud drive is fast and secure (review)


Sandisk’s new Ultra+Cloud flash drive offers 64GB physical storage and another 64GB in the cloud for three years.

Before you say this is just a 64GB, USB3.0 flash drive – and you would be right – the cloud storage is a bonus – not an additional cost. The drive also acts as a bridge to move data easily to and from the 256-bit encrypted cloud storage provided by Bitcasa Cloud storage.

Using the Cloud has some other advantages – you can use multiple devices to access data stored there by using an appropriate mobile app. It is also OTG compatible for Android and Windows 10M smartphones.

It also comes with two potentially valuable apps:

SanDisk SecureAccess 3.0 for Mac and Windows. This allows users to store and protect critical and sensitive files on SanDisk USB flash drives. Access to a private vault is protected by a personal password, and files are automatically encrypted.

Rescue PRO file recovery software – free for the first year. It is a software application that helps recover images, documents, audio and video files, or other type of files that were accidently deleted, lost, or formatted.

Being USB3.0 (and backwards compatible) you can expect fast data reading and transfer speeds. I tested using some large 400MB video files – about 7GB in total. Write speeds (copy from SSD to Flash) were about 50MB/s and Read speeds were up to 200 MB/s. Of course this depends on your PC and what it is doing – these are credible speeds and several times faster than USB 2.0.

Australian prices and availability are not confirmed but the 64GB SanDisk Ultra flash drive is A$39.95 from OfficeWorks and Amazon sells it for US$29.99 (about A$47 including GST).

The only downside is that Bitcasa cloud storage will cost you a monthly fee after three years – but at the rate flash drives are growing in capacity I doubt that will be an issue.



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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!



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