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Peripherals Cheap flash drives from China for installing Windows?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by David164v8, 1 Jan 2013.

  1. David164v8

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    MrDomRocks Well-Known Member

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    Have you looked at UK online retailers, you could get one in a few days free delivery Im sure rather than from the US.
     
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    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    It depends what you want to do with it, but it's a flash drive, it'll be fine. Just don't expect a warranty like you'd get with any of the bigger brands.

    additionally, don't expect anything particularly speedy. It'll be slow. It's certainly an area where you get what you pay for.
     
  5. David164v8

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    Hah, I definitely would like to buy a slightly better flash drive, but transferring money to my paypal takes 7 days and my SSD is going to arrive pretty soon.
     
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    Delivery from Hong Kong will take way more than 7 days...
     
  7. David164v8

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    Hmm, any good UK stores for this kinda stuff then?
     
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    Apparently it only needs to be 3GB to install Windows, should be able to find a 4GB drive somewhere.
     
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    Be wary of cheap USB thumb drives from the far east. There are plenty of dodgy ones out there that are basically wee drives (say 2GB) that have been hacked to "appear" as larger capacity drives (so your 2GB drive shows up in Windows as say, 32GB). I know a few people who've been stung by these - you only discover that there's a problem when you try to fill the drive beyond it's true capacity.
     
  10. David164v8

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    Plenty of 4GB Sandisk Cruzers going for £2-3 inc. delivery. Might just go for that.
     
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    Yeah, they's be fine. :thumb:
     
  12. monkeydud

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    Just as a side note, refurbished keys? How much use will they have had?

    Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk 2
     
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    It'll vary on circumstance of sending the flash drive back, it's basically a repair from Corsair that's been returned to Scan. You don't know how much usage it had or what happened to it.
     
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    been stung , twice , now buying refurbed products - never again.

    btw this thread reminds me - need to get a USB3 flash drive - 16gb is hard work on my slow as heck usb2 stick
     
  16. Salty Wagyu

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    I ordered this a few days ago, it's a usb 3.0 flash drive but apparently maxes out read speed on USB 2.0 ports according to one of the customer images. You'd seldom get that with a usb 2.0 flash drive! Most of them are a joke, they probably cheapen their parts so it don't even fully utilise a usb 2.0 port like an external HD would.
     
  17. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    As long as the USB flash drive is faster than your optical drive in data transfer of large and small files, it will install Windows in a few minutes. If not, then I hope you are patient. As it takes time to extract the ISO to your USB key, make it bootable, then install Windows. In such case, just use an optical drive.

    If the read and write speed aren't mentioned, then you know the numbers are really bad. Avoid.
     
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    cheers for the lnik - believe it or not thats the one i have in my own amazon basket :D

    thank you
     
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    Anyone have an Idea of where to obtain old, small flash drives?
    Anything from 32MB upto 2GB?

    I was hoping someone would sell a bag of them on ebay, but nope..
     
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    Get in contact with any large corporation. Most marketing departments hand them out like candy. Or if you have a convention center near you, just go there when there is a convention. There is usually large baskets of USB plugs.
     

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