Thursday, 28 May 2015

Special Offer: USB 3.0 64GB Fast Removable Flash drive under £24 (UK Only) + fix for Lexar S25 JumpDrive!

Fed up with waiting for Easy2Boot to boot? Want to install Windows 8 from an E2B Flash drive really quickly? Want to boot to WindowsToGo 8.1 from a Flash drive and run Windows almost as fast as you can from an internal hard disk?
For UK users go here and enter the code EXT20 at the checkout to get one of these for just £23.99 (P&P free)! Note: MyMemory sometimes sell the same product on eBay for a cheaper price - also try Tesco Direct (£17 June-2016)!

SanDisk Extreme Cruzer USB 3.0 64GB with retractable connector.
10GB file write > NTFS  71 seconds

A cheaper alternative is the Lexar USB 3.0 64GB S25 JumpDrive. Horrible cheap plastic construction though! Like the SanDisk, it also has an activity LED. This did not work in two of the three USB sockets on my EeePC - LED did not flash when connected (all other types of USB drives worked in all USB sockets) - see below for how I fixed it!  10GB file write > NTFS  154 seconds  (half the speed of the SanDisk on writes!)  I would suggest the Lexar S75, which has a metal USB connector, would be more reliable!



Booting to the Easy2Boot Main Menu of a E2B stick (>20 items in MAINMENU) :
16 sec (Lexar)  v.  13 sec (SanDisk) on USB 2.0 port
 4 sec (Lexar)   v.   3 sec  (SanDisk) on USB 3.0 port

Lexar USB connection problem solved (with a bit of paper)!

On the two right-hand USB 2.0 ports of my Asus EeePC netbook 904HA, the Lexar drive did not work (LED did not light when connected). On the left-hand USB 2.0 port it worked fine (LED lit as soon as connected). As I had no problems with any other USB drive and both ports did not work with the Lexar (not just one port), and if I used a USB extension cable then the Lexar worked in all ports, it was obviously a problem with the Lexar USB connector...

To fix the connection problem on the Lexar, I did the following:

1. Retract the USB connector back inside it's plastic case (1)

2. Insert small screwdriver into hole at the top-back (2)

3. Carefully prise off and disassemble all pieces. There are four tiny holes in the plastic slider which you need to carefully pull away from the PCB before you can slide out the PCB (see four arrows in picture below)

4. Fold some thin notepaper 3 times (e.g. Post-It note), and cut to be approx.                                             1cm x 1cm x 3 thicknesses in size.

5. Insert it between the USB connector part of the PCB and the plastic casing, so that it supports the PCB underneath where the contacts are located (pink square in picture). Fold the paper as shown if it is too long, so that it won't slide about.

6. Reassemble and job done!

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