Gizmo! Overdrive With Security

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Product: 2GB Crucial Gizmo! Overdrive with Security Software
Provided By: Crucial
Price: $76.99USD @ Crucial.com

Introduction:

We have come to expect more and more out of today's products.  Once upon a year we were thrilled to have 32MB flash drives that operated at 11mbps.  Now we are disappointed if we get a stocking stuffer that is less that 1GB and slower than USB2.0.  Even better than the original USB2.0 drives are the new "Dual Channel" flash drives that operate much faster than the original drives.  Time keeps pushing on and the convenience and widespread usage of flash storage cannot be denied.  Many companies are now offering security features with their flash drive as well as the increased speed.  Today we are going to look at Crucial's latest foray into the market with their Gizmo! Overdrive with security software.

Gizmo! Overdrive - Front Package
Package - Front

Gizmo! Overdrive - Back Package
Package - Back

First Look:

Crucial packages their products in a resealable clamshell package that doesn't require that you break out a knife and risk losing a finger to open.  Their package is fairly tight to open, but it can be done without tools and resealed if you by some odd chance want to return it.

Included in the package
Included in the package

Crucial throws in a very multi-lingual user guide along with a nylon lanyard that attaches to the non-capped end of the Gizmo! Overdrive.  Some companies attach the lanyard to the cap and run a greater risk of losing the flash drive when the cap pops off when you're wearing it around your neck.  Even though the Gizmo! has security software to prevent people of viewing your data in the event you loose it, it's better not to misplace it in the first place.

The Gizmo! Overdrive comes now comes in two colors.  The white version looks very attractive, but doesn't come with security software, while the black one that we have on the bench comes with security features.  The black flash drive is very shiny and looks very nice.  Please click any of the small pictures below to view a full-sized image.

Gizmo! Overdrive Front View
 Gizmo! Overdrive Front View

Gizmo! Overdrive - Back View
 Gizmo! Overdrive - Back View

Gizmo! Overdrive - Capless
 Gizmo! Overdrive - Capless

Features & Specs:

Crucial has been fairly modest in their list of features and specifications on this unit.  Below is the information - shamelessly ripped from their website.

The Crucial Gizmo! Overdrive with security software

  • Write speed up to 13MB/s (80X)
  • Read speed up to 25MB/s (160X)
  • USB 2.0 flash drive
  • Dual-channel controller for high-performance data transfer
  • Small form factor — 64 mm by 20 mm (68 mm by 20 mm with cap)
  • Rapidly flashing LED indicates when data is transferring
  • Plug and Play™ — no drivers required
  • Security software provides password protection, 256kb Blowfish-level encryption, and hide function
  • Available in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB densities

General system requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® Me and above (drive is not supported for Microsoft Windows 98)
  • Mac® OS 9.1 and above
  • Linux kernel 2.2.19 and above
  • Available USB 1.1 or 2.0 USB port

System requirements for USB 2.0 performance

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 and above
  • Mac OS 9.1 and above
  • Linux kernel 2.2.48 and above
  • Available USB 2.0 port

System requirements for security software

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (service pack 4) and above (security software is not supported for Mac or Linux)

On the next page we'll take a look at the security aspect of the Gizmo! Overdrive before we head into benchmarking.