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Dirty Little Secret of 32GB Flash Drives

Verbatim announced their 32GB flash drive today in the form of a USB dongle no larger than a nickel.  There is no lanyard loop and it’s damn small, so will most likely get lost if you place it in your pocket – but that is all okay.  It seems Verbatim is gunning for this product to be a permanent extension of memory for your Netbook or laptop anyway.

Verbatim USB, 32GB

However, in the event you plan to swap the 32GB stick from PC to PC there is one dirty little secret you should be aware of…it needs a DC powered USB port. In most situations and applications this isn’t a problem as the device will be connected directly to a motherboard USB port, but you’ll need to pay specific attention to dock stations or non-powered USB hubs.  To understand a little better, the device controller needs so much power to run the 32GBs of memory that supplying power just over the bus isn’t enough.  Sure Windows will assign a drive letter to it, but chances are, the device will not function correctly.

Verbatim flash drive, 32GB

So if you plan to use the Verbatim 32GB stock, or any other for that matter, be sure you don’t use the USB ports on your keyboard, dock station or gadget USB hub. Photo Source: Geek.com https://tinyurl.com/2vvfl2v

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