The Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB drive is a thumb-sized USB device that plugs directly
into your USB port. The drive comes in sizes ranging from 32MB all the way up to
1GB. Each drive includes the following features:
Year Data Retention
USB 2.0 Performance
Carry Lanyard & USB Extension Cable
to shock and temperature extremes
This review is for
the 32MB Store 'n' Go drive.
Backed by a lifetime warranty, the Verbatim 32 MB Store 'n' Go sells for $27.99 at
Amazon.com (with free shipping).
The most difficult part of getting started with the Store 'n' Go drive is getting
it out of the packaging. This particular package is solid heavy plastic completely
sealed, and it does not snap open. I had to take a utility knife to make incisions
on one side to free the USB drive (careful not to cut you or the drive), and more
incisions on the other side to free the lanyard and extension cable. The instructions
and mini-CD are in the center of the packaging; fortunately, the CD is only required
for the PC, so I did not have to cut and dig further to retrieve these items.
Once out of the package, using the Store 'n' Go is a breeze. You just plug it in
and access the drive just like any other Mac volume. It works in OS 9 or OS X, and
does not require any software installation.
When I first plugged in the Store 'n' Go drive, it did not show up on my OS X
desktop. After a reboot, it showed up, but if I dismounted it, unplugged it, and
plugged it back in, it did not reappear. As with all USB-powered devices (that derive
power from the USB port), if there is not enough power from the USB port, you will
have these types of issues. Some devices require more power than others, and in my
case, I was plugging the drive into a USB hub that had 6 other devices plugged into
it. It's rare to see 7-port USB hubs now-a-days, and this is probably the reason.
By unplugging just one other device from the hub, the USB drive always mounted when
plugged in. If you plug the drive directly into the build-in USB port, this would
not be an issue. Those with tower G4s like myself will note that the built-in USB
port is generally not easily accessible (this is where the included USB extension
cable would come in handy).
From the factory, the Store 'n' Go is formatted for the PC, and showed about 31 MB
of space. At my first attempt to copy some files to the drive, I got an error that
the drive would not accept some of the file names (specifically, file names that
had a "/" in it). I then used OS X Disk Utility to reformat the drive as
Apple Extended Journaled, and the files were able to copy; however, the available
size dropped down to 21.8 MB. I then reformatted again, this time specifying Apple
Extended, and was able to get back up to 29.8 MB. Apple Extended Journaled has a
lot of overhead, and it not necessary on an external drive such as this. The optimal
configuration to get the most space and be able to handle all Mac file naming conventions
was using Apple Extended. If you need to share files between PCs and Macs, you'll
want to stay with the PC format, and just avoid file names that aren't compatible
with the PC.
The small size and weight of the Store 'n' Go is amazing. It's lighter than my toothbrush,
and yet it functions flawlessly as a disk drive. The drive fits easily in any pocket,
but the included carry lanyard (think of a stylish soft shoelace around your neck)
is the best way to take the drive on the go. When you have important data on the
drive, it just feels better to have it attached to the lanyard - you always know
where it is.
In one of my uses, I wanted to copy some songs from a new CD I just purchased, the
London Philharmonic performing Pink Floyd songs. My intention was to copy the entire
CD to the Store 'n' Go, and then bring it to my girlfriend's house so that we could
listen to the music there. Unfortunately, 32 MB is not enough space to copy a CD.
I was only able to fit 5 songs on the drive.
In terms of speed, copying from my G4 Quicksilver to the Store 'n' Go was much faster
than writing to a CD-ROM. Moreover, copying from the Store 'n' Go onto a G4 iMac
was even faster, nearly as fast as a hard drive. USB 2.0 is certainly a better protocol
than USB 1.1, and it's good to know that the Store 'n' Go takes full advantage of
The Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB drive is an incredibly small disk drive that performs
great on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It's slightly more power hungry than other USB-powered
devices, so you'll want to plug it in directly to your built-in USB port, or a powered
USB hub that is not overburdened. It comes with a USB extension cable to support
tower Macs whose ports are not easily accessible, and comes with a convenient carry
lanyard so that you can take the drive on the go securely and in comfort. It can
be formatted for PC or Mac, and comes in a variety of drive sizes. The throughput
on the drive is very fast, especially on a USB 2.0 port. The 32 MB proved to be quite
stable and reliable; the larger drives were not available for testing. The 32 MB
size, however, is reminiscent of the 1st generation Rio MP3 players - not enough
space to fit a CD. The 32 MB size is good for transferring documents, but for a more
versatile USB drive, I would recommend upgrading to at least the 256 MB size (reliability
- Stable thumb-sized
- Supports USB 2.0
- Convenient carry
- Derives power from
- Unfriendly packaging
- 32 MB too small
- May not get enough
power on a heavily used USB hub
3 1/2 out of 5 Mice