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 256MB Store 'n' Go drive.
Backed by a lifetime warranty, the Verbatim 256 MB Store 'n' Go sells for $92.99
at Amazon.com (with free shipping). That's
about 36 cents per MB (compared to 87 cents per MB for the 32 MB size).
After reviewing the 32MB Store 'n' Go, I was pleased to see that the 256MB version,
with 8 times the storage size, was identical to the 32MB version in physical size.
Unfortunately, it was also identical in packaging, and as with the 32MB unit, the
most difficult part of getting started with the Store 'n' Go drive is getting it
out of the packaging. The package is solid heavy plastic completely sealed, with
no easy way to open it. I used my trusty utility blade to free the components, feeling
a little nervous as the blade slipped a couple of times.
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 reviewing the 32MB Store 'n' Go drive, it did not show up on my OS X desktop
at first, and I later learned that the Store 'n' Go drives, being powered by the
USB bus, may not get enough power from an overburdened powered USB hub (which is
where I plugged it in). For the 32MB unit, I had to unplug one of my other USB devices
to get the Store 'n' Go to behave consistenly.
Thinking that the
256MB version would require at least as much power (if not more to accommodate the
larger capacity), I expected at least the same behavior. However, on my first attempt,
the drive showed up without a hitch (with all my other USB devices in use). I dismounted
it, unplugged it, and plugged it back in, and it showed up once again. Both on OS
9 and OS X, the inconsistencies I experienced with the 32MB device with my USB hub
did not occur with the 256MB device.
From the factory, the Store 'n' Go is formatted for the PC, and the 256 MB drive
shows 249 MB available for use. As with the 32MB drive, the PC format does not support
some file names that the Mac OS supports (such as filenames with a "/"
in it). In order to recognize all Mac file names, I reformatted the drive as Apple
Extended, resulting with 245 MB of available space for use. 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. More amazing
is that the 256 MB is the same size and weight as the 32 MB unit (with the cap off,
the drive is less then 1/2 ounce, and 1 1/4" x 3/4" x 1/2"). 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.
One cool use of the Store 'n' Go is when you have new music you want to take to a
friend's house. It's easier and far more convenient to use the Store 'n' Go to transfer
the files, and you don't have to worry about leaving the CD or iPod in the car or
somewhere else. With the Store 'n' Go lanyard, it's always around your neck (except
when you're using it on the computer). With the 32MB drive, I was able to copy 4
to 5 songs, which isn't much. However, with the 256MB drive, I was able to copy the
entire CD collection of MP3 files, and could have copied two more CDs and then some
(note: the MP3 version of a CD is usually between 60 MB and 80 MB). Of course, you
can use the USB drive to copy other files as well, such as documents, images, movies,
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
using the USB 2.0 port 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 that.
The Verbatim Store 'n' Go is an incredibly small USB drive that performs great
on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Because it is a USB-powered device, it is recommended
that you plug it directly into your built-in USB port (it comes with a handy USB
extension cable to support tower Macs whose ports are not easily accessible). However,
in all my tests with the 256 MB Store 'n' Go, I had no problems using the drive from
a powered 7-port USB hub (with all ports in use). The Store 'n' Go 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. It's also good to know that
you do not sacrifice reliability with the larger drives sizes, as the 256 MB performed
flawlessly in all my tests, and even more consistent than the 32 MB drive when plugged
into my USB hub. Although the Store 'n' Go comes in smaller sizes, I highly recommend
the larger 256 MB size as it allows you to hold over 3 CDs worth of data, and the
price per byte is a much greater value than the smaller capacity units. The Store
'n' Go is the ultimate data transfer companion device for all Mac users.
- Small thumb-sized
USB drive with convenient carry lanyard
- Supports USB 2.0
- 256 MB capacity holds
over 3 CD's worth of data or music
- Derives power from
4 1/2 out of 5 Mice