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USB Flash Drive Purchasing Advice

At 10:15 AM 7/20/2004, Bob Gorman wrote:
>Any advice on purchasing a USB Flash Drive for use with Linux?

Here is an update after some on-line shopping today. USB2.0 at 256MB appears to be my sweet-spot on the capacity/price curve. Two drives grabbed my attention.

Rubber-encased, waterproof, rugged looking. Perhaps bulky for some. Manufacturer lists Linux on package and 2.4 kernel on web-site. $45 at and, no-shipping or tax.

SANDISK Cruzer Micro
Popular brand. Small size (8mm x19mm x52mm) $42 at, no-shipping or tax.

I'm learning more toward physical size over ruggedness, fits my lifestyle better. I need to fit this into my laptop bag, not take it jogging. :-)

If you want cheaper there is the Sandisk Cruzer-mini for $37 at (no shipping or tax), $36 at  If you want ultra-small PQI seems to be the choice, but costs $$.  The Lexar Elite is another alternative for those who like brand-names, $44 includes shipping.

I'm having an almost impossible time finding dimensions...

Thanks for those who provided input so far.  More is still welcome. 

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