SanDisk Cruzer – A Reliable USB Flash Drive

If you are in the market for a portable flash drive, I can honestly attest to and recommend the SanDisk Cruzer line of USB Flash Drives. I have owned several of these drives, over the years; and, I literally use the daylights out of them to run portable apps and to perform file backups. I carry one in my pocket all of the time. The “cool factor” with these drives is the retractable usb connector. When connected to the computer, the SanDisk Cruzer will light up and will flash when read/write drive activity is detected.

This particular model is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB* capacities. Where to buy? [ click here ]

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® PC or Macintosh™computer with USB support
  • Windows® 7, Windows® XP, Windows Vista®
  • Mac OS® X v10.1.2+ and Linux (storage only)
  • USB 2.0 port required for high-speed transfer
  • Requires high-power USB hub port


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  1. I’ve had a scandisk cruiser slide since vista came out. My friend Kristen uses the cruiser, and Andrea uses onthet Scandisk model. There all pretty good :).


  2. Rick,
    SanDisk has a model of Cruzer called the “U3 Cruzer” which comes pre-loaded with the U3 suite of portable apps. It is the basis of my “portable toolkit”, and I carry it everywhere I go and have for many years. Strong. Reliable. Durable.
    SanDisk Cruzer (and U3 Cruzer) have earned two “thumbs up” in my book.


  3. In one sense I can agree with you and the other I can’t. I’ve had a number of these drives and usually replace them because higher capacity drives have reached that ‘cheap enough’ price point rather than any physical defect.

    I love the sliding form factor but as for reliability SanDisk puts some software directly in the the way to contradict it. The U3 software on the drives may make your drive completely inaccessible at a libraries or Internet cafes (where you’re not an admin).

    Whenever I get a SanDisk drive, the first thing I do is uninstall the U3 software. I can completely agree with your article if while reading it I pre-pend ‘(U3-free)’ in front of every mention of it above.



    1. Jason H,

      I agree with what you are saying about that we end up replacing these before we wear them out; however, I still use one of the first drives (1GB) I ever had on a routine basis. I too remove the U3 software and thankfully SanDisk has “now” provided an option to accomplish this. Years back there was no option other than a 3rd party solution(s). Even with the U3 nuisance (to some), it is a rock solid flash drive.



  4. I never liked this specific design you have picture of in post. That model just doesn’t feel solid.

    As for SanDisk overall… I was wearing out at least one flash drive every year (and I only use expensive high-speed models). That is until I bought SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition. This thing just plain refuses to die. Going to turn two this year as far as I remember. 🙂


    1. Rarst,

      Good to see you here… The model you see pictured is actually an updated model to the collection I currently own. I tell you, they do feel like they would not hold up; but, I have beaten the daylights out of mine. My biggest concern, with the retractable USB connector, was the possibility of dirt collecting in the connector; however, I have not had to clean it yet. Thanks for sharing the information on the Ducati Edition. I will be checking it out…



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