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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsStorage Apr 24th, 2019 - 11:05 PM EST
    M-Systems DiskOnKey
    Author: Chris Oh
    Date Posted: August 17th, 2001
    Rating: 9.5/10 SystemLogistics

    Usage

    The uses for this device are incredible. Everyone's needed to move some data at some point in their life and floppy disks don't cut it anymore for things like PowerPoint presentations and large images. Having projects uploaded to the DiskOnKey is a great idea because you know you can take it to almost every computer and it will be compatible with it. Think of it as an enhanced floppy that people will drool over. I've been using it for the past couple of days shuttling files to and forth from my Win2k machine and an iMac and to my surprise, it's very easy to do that. Just plug it in and wait for it to be recognized for the first time and you're all set. Since this is a solid-state device, there are no moving parts and therefore no risk of damaging it b shaking it and according to my torture test scores (below), it's very hard to break.

    Transfer Speeds

    Since this is like any removable drive, you can read and write to it on the fly, just as you would any hard disk. For that reason, I treated it as such and benchmarked it with Sandra. At first I thought it would be bus speed limited seeing as how slow USB really is, then I tried some real world testing.

    A non-blistering 773: impressive in my opinion for such a small device. Faster than a zip drive, a lot slower than a Jaz drive. Perfect speed in my opinion since its capacities are much smaller than either the Jaz or the Zip. Transferring files on and off this thing probably wont be much of a problem since it can't hold that much data in the first place and there is no need to fill up 100MB or 1000MB in the first place. If you're like me, all you'd be doing is moving doc and mp3 files on and off the DOK and that's well suited for this device as it does that instantly.

    Now for some real world testing: I transferred a 6.3MB mp3 file to the DOK in about a second and erased it in a second, this is fast enough for anything you'd want to move onto the DiskOnKey. It's good to know that productivity with the DOK isn't hindered by transfer speeds. The strange thing is that transferring the file this fast means it has to have surpassed the rated 12 Mbits/sec. The speeds I got during benching were far faster than the rated speeds of this device.

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