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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsStorage Jul 24th, 2014 - 1:15 AM EST
    M-Systems DiskOnKey
    Author: Chris Oh
    Date Posted: August 17th, 2001
    Rating: 9.5/10 SystemLogistics

    Introduction

    There is something terribly sexy about something so big in something so small. Look at the Porsche 911 Turbo, all that power in a small package. Same with a supermodel and even a good pair of shades. They are small things that give you tons of power and usability (especially the supermodel). There's something about the world today that I can't explain… companies are going the wireless route of course, but they're already making things so small that were prone to lose them. Look at Sanyo's new SCP-6000 cell phone; it's 3 credit cards thick! Personally, I think it's a business ploy that makes everyone think "wow, that's so small and convenient and I need to have it" and they buy it, spend big bucks, and they lose it because they're so small. Shucks, now they have to buy another one. Yes, it's a marketing ploy, the smaller they are, and the more they'll sell. That's just me of course; it could always just be a trend to make everything smaller and more convenient… the losing part is just a bonus that comes with small things and out impeccable ability to misplace things. Were you ever in a situation where you had to move a lot of small files between 2 computers but one floppy wont do it and a CD seems like an awful waste of space for a few medium sized files? Had that happen to me, I'd usually just take a bunch of floppies but that's becoming more of a pastime with my floppy drive collecting more dust than my intake fans. Fans of power in the palm of your hands would appreciate the product we have on our meatchopper today in the labs. A new, versatile product from a little known company known as the Disk On Key, should give you port useful portability than I'd care to say.

    The Product

    What's this DiskOnKey gadget you're talking about Chris? The DiskOnKey is a pen-sized device solid-state hard drive that goes on your keychain (like the name implies) and holds 8, 16, or 32MB of data (larger capacities coming soon). That's not the nifty thing though. The niftiest thing about this device is that it has it's own onboard processor and flash memory so that it basically is it's own little storage medium outside your computer. A Hard Drive away from home you might say. M-Systems describes it as a hard drive you can fit on your keychain and to a point that's a very accurate description. It doesn't even need to have drivers installed for you to use it, this is true plug and play. I'm really at a lost for words right now staring at the DiskOnKey so I'm just going to name off some good features in my opinion.

    First off, it doesn't need a battery or anything to add onto the lightweight body of the DiskOnKey, thankfully USB ports are powered. It's easily plugged and doesn't require drivers to be installed in Win2k, WinME: it works right off the bat after it's recognized thanks to it's onboard CPU. The disk has both a clip and a keyring so you can either be a nerd or be hip! It's a really durable piece of work; the plastic is high grade and pretty thick. I'm guessing it's also impact resistant so we'll test that later. One more thing I like, the LED. The DiskOnKey has a flashing LED that tells you when it's safe to unplug it without losing data and stuff like that, great for people that are hasty like me.

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