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User Manual: Toshiba TransMemory 16GB USB Drive

I’d considered to replace the Imation Nano 4GB since last Christmas, simply because that 4,294,967,296 bytes of storage space is just too little to fit a high definition Beijing Olympic 2008 opening ceremony video in one piece (MKV format; about 4.9GB)!

Last Friday, I finally made up my mind to get this Toshiba TransMemory 16GB USB flash memory stick for 26 bucks :-)

While on the way back, I spent the commuting time on reading its user manual, which I never bother. I can use it in no time, regardless of brand or size.

So, what do you expect to learn from a USB drive user manual? It is actually nothing to a geek, but might worth few cents to the novice.

Toshiba TransMemory 16GB USB flash drive, model no U2M-016GT

Summarize Toshiba TransMemory USB drive user manual

The USB drive is pre-formatted to FAT32 file system at factory, so that it can be used in Linux or Windows 9x/ME too.

Format USB drive to NTFS file system for the sake of performance

This is not mentioned in user manual and it is not necessary to all, except to those who only expect to use it in Windows machine that supports NTFS file system.

As shown here, the data transfer rate between Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 and Toshiba TransMemory 16GB USB drive is about 40MB/s, after formatted to NTFS file system. (I should have compared the result before and after formatting, but I forgot):

Windows Vista Ultimate data transfer rate to USB drive.

I’m wrong. Just learn that NTFS is not the best performer for USB flash drive. In fact, exFAT (a.k.a. FAT64) introduced in Vista SP1 is better choice.

Next, the following are extracted from Toshiba TransMemory user manual. But, it can be a general guide for all other USB drives too:

1) Everything has a limited lifetime or expires after some times, so as a USB drive. With the passage of time or after extended use, the USB drive will fail, as it’s a well-known fact that flash memory can sustain only a limited number of write and erase cycles.

So, you should backup important contents or files stored in USB drive to secondary storage media, be it local hard disk drive, CD media, or another USB drive.

2) Don’t remove, detach, unplug the USB drive or power off computer when the USB flash memory is in used – i.e. there is data transfer or the USB drive is locked or being accessed by other applications.

So, make sure to instruct the OS to remove a USB device properly, e.g. click the Safely Remove Hardware in Windows Vista or execute umount / eject command in Linux.
Some Windows applications will lock the USB drive and thus these applications should be closed before removing it.

For example, after saving attachments in Microsoft Outlook into USB drive, the Safely Remove Hardware will unable to remove the USB drive by complaining that it’s currently in used.

Although I never experience a failure (touch word) even I simply ignore that warning and unplug it, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3) Do not expose the USB drive to moisture or humidity, dust, electric noise, strong magnetic field, corrosive chemical or gases, heat or flame.

4) USB drive is a small gadget, which can be as smaller as a SIM card, like the Kingmax Super Stick series. So, there is a potential to misplace such a “tiny” digital storage media. The cost of losing a USB drive can be high or low, depend on the content, for sure.

5) Extended from previous point – do not store sensitive data in USB drive before the data is encrypted, unless you do not mind the cost of losing such precious information.

Most of the branded USB drive come with security software to encrypt or secure the USB drive content. For Toshiba TransMemory, you can download the security software from official site.

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  1. A. Ny. 19-07-10@05:35

    Got a 16GB last week.
    Worked for 4 days. It’s DEAD now.
    So is my trust in Toshiba USB drives.
    I actually had something important stuff on it. The idea of having one is to transport info on it, also that info is not always accessible so it is kind of important that a data storage actually store the data.
    Toshiba doesn’t do that, or only sometimes… would you like to be the one to find it out? I won’t do it again that’s for sure. Toshiba’s help is nonexistent btw, their site is a joke and has no help line, or they hide behind policies.. (made up crap to avoid responsibility)

  2. Chris 18-11-10@19:43

    Like the last comment I got a 16GB and only used it once or twice before it died.

    I have searched for a utility to revive it without success.

    The Toshiba site is useless. I even the emailed Toshiba support manger for Europe but got no reply.

    So much for the 5 year guarantee.

    I will never buy a Toshiba product again and will advise others to avoid them.

  3. Daniel 12-09-11@18:43

    We use intensively many of these usb pen drive changing them very often.

    We never encountered so many issues as we got with these crappy toshiba usb drives.

    The funny thing is that those hw is also really expansive compared to other brand such as Verbatim, which have always worked for many month/year without giving much trouble.

    Pay attention with this crappy pen, we are reverting to other brand because got corrupted after some intensive use.


  4. Brad 16-03-12@10:44

    I purchased two of these at the same time and guess what, they both failed today. My son had his year 11 homework on his and I had my back-up copies of my buisiness accounting software on mine. I also had a Toshiba lap top that I purchased 8 months ago. It didn’t work from day 1 and then took Toshiba about 6 weeks to fix and still did not work and then they took another 6-8 weeks to fix it again. I will never buy this brand again.

  5. ian stevenson 14-01-13@03:05

    32gb Toshiba flash drive used once, might make a good erm something but no good as a storage device, crashed burned…. rubbish will never buy again

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