Jump Drives?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stateof2005, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. stateof2005 macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2005
    I am in the market for a jump drive. Anyone have experience with these things and have a great recomendation? $50 is the most I am going to spend. Do all of them work with Mac OSX?
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Is a jump drive the same as a flash drive?
    I don't think the brand matters too much - all of them fail eventually. Flash drives should NEVER be used as the only place you store information, even using them for backup is a bad idea. One day you'll plug it in, and it just won't work, no warning at all. The main use for a flash drive is transferring files.
    That said, I have a 256MB Sony, and a 256MB PNY. Both are just fine.
    Here are some prices and sizes that I could find (all around $50)
    -Crucial 512MB $50.99
    -Sony 256MB $39.99
    -PNY 256MB $39.99
    However, just open up the Sales ad some day, and I would just pick one. I really don't think the brand matters (my opinion). There are some great sales out there. (I got the Sony Drive mentioned above 1/2 on sale.)
  3. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    All of them will work with OS X, but some benchmark faster than others. Sandisk and Lexar ones I think are usually pretty fast. There was a review a while back and one of the brands was significantly slower on the test Mac than the others. I think it was a Fujifilm, but my memory is hazy at best.

    Look for sales, and you should be able to find a 512MB flash drive for under $50 in your weekly newspaper ads, and 256MB ones are now going for free after rebates with pretty high regularity.

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