- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 5 x 1 cm ; 132 g
- Shipping Weight: 45 g
- Item model number: USM4GH
- ASIN: B000JKWXYW
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 3 2008
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #736,086 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
4GB MICROVAULT TINY W/VIRTUAL EXPANDER SOFTWARE
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- Sony's smallest USB flash drive
- Pre-loaded with Virtual Expander software for up to three times the storage capacity
- Fun, stylish, ultra-compact design available in 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB Capacities
- Plugs directly into USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports
- Versatile, clip-on carry case included
Amazon.ca Product Description
4GB MICROVAULT TINY W/VIRTUAL EXPANDER SOFTWARE
From the Manufacturer
Take your data with you
Presenting Sony's smallest USB flash drive memory storage device, the Micro Vault Tiny. As a leader in data media and portable computing, Sony understands the need for taking your data with you. That's why we've developed and extended new concepts, new applications and new approaches to mobile storage. The Micro Vault Tiny is available in storage capacities of 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB and comes with a versatile, clip on carry case. This USB flash drive was designed with your everyday needs in mind.
Virtual Expander Software:
This preloaded automatic file compression/decompression software allows for up to three times the storage capacity.
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From the very beginning, Sony has been a leader both in recording hardware and recording media. That's not by accident; it's by design. Sony has always developed new recorders and media side-by-side - designed together to integrate perfectly. It's a hardware/media synergy that has helped make Sony the world's #1 recording company. In fact, this synergy stands behind the latest Sony breakthroughs in optical and tape memory and flash memory. You can see it in Sony Blu-ray Disc and HDV media, which support full HD 1080 high definition recording. You can see it in DVD media that offers the accuracy, compatibility and reliability of Sony AccuCORE technology. The Sony name also stands for camcorder media from the industry leader in camcorders, data media from a major name in PCs, and and audio media from one of the world's premier audio companies. Our Global Environmental Management System (GEMS) includes initiatives more stringent than governments require. Post-consumer recycled packaging and a switch to eco-friendly plastics are just a few of the ways Sony is helping to provide a more sustainable environment for the generations to come. So whether it's optical or tape media or flash memory, expect industry leading products from just one company. Sony.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The form factor is great. I was already on the lookout for a tiny sub drive like this. Though it might be so small to get lost easily. Fortunately it comes with a soft rubber case to bluk it up a little while in your pocket. The build is nice to. It feels really solid. Even if it gets stepped on, it'll last.
As far as tecnical performance, however, I can't say it's all that great. Write speeds are horrible* (100MB file, sustained write speed of around 1.1 to 1.2MB/s... and yes, that's on a USB 2 port). It chokes even more if copying a folder of several files. Right now I'm looking at a 15 minute wait to copy a folder of 700 items at 105.3MB total size. That's just not right (no pun intended).
So, for style points, it's great. For technical performance, I can't recommend it.
*These particular tests were performed on Mac OS (both Intel and PPC, Tiger and Leopard), though similar performance occured on Windows boxes (XP, no compression software).
My tech experience is very high. My testing was done on a Vista Ultimate 64bit laptop. I also have 2 2gb Sony Micro Vaults and they are just as slow. But at 2gb, it was not such a big deal.
If you just want something very tiny, then this is ok. But if you really also are concerned with performance, then buy something else. I recommend Sandisk.
The flash drive works fine...will likely never leave the back of the blu-ray player.
After about 5 months of using it 2-3 times a week it died. when I plug it into any computer it told me the device was not formated. I tried to format it but it would fail. I went to Sony's web site and there is a format tool to fix this problem but the tool failed. I called sony and they said it was a bad sector and thats why it will not format. I ask if this was a factory defect and they told me NO and that they would not replace it!!! After arguing with them for 45 min they said I could ship it to them for a replacement as long as I provide the receipt from 5 months ago.
This might be the worst $35 I have spent.