SanDisk 64GB Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReviewSun, Jul 29, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Test System and Software Setup
To try out the SanDisk64GB Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive we will us using an Intel Z77 platform on the integrated Intel SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. If you would like to know more about this mini-ITX test system you can read an article on how to build it yourself here. We used Intel USB 3.0 driver version 18.104.22.168 for testing.
Legit Reviews Intel Z77 Test System Parts List:
- Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor – $349.99
- ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe mini-ITX Z77 Motherboard – $199.99
- EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SuperClocked – $419.99
- Cubitek Mini ICE ITX Case – $169.99
- Kingston HyperX 480GB SSD – $669.99
- Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Drive – $214.00
- CoolIT Eco II 140 Liquid Cooler (thanks to Maingear)
- Samsung Slimline 8x DVD Burner – $23.99
- StarTech Slim Optical 5.25″ Drive Bay Adapter – $26.99
- StarTech Slimline SATA to SATA Adapter Cable – $8.99
- 2 x 140mm High Static Pressure Fans – $30
- AFT PRO-37U USB 3.0 3.5″ Media Card Reader – $54.99
- Corsair AX 650W Gold PSU – $149.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit – $189.99
When we fired up the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive for the very first time we found a number of files already on the drive. As we mentioned in the introduction this drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software and YuuWaa cloud storage, so these are likely the files for those applications.
The first application that we tried out was Club SanDisk that comes on all SanDisk USB Flash Drives. Club SanDisk appears to be a quick way to download third party applications like McAfee, GoToMyPC, RoboForm and the eBay sidebar. These are all items that we don’t need and would consider bloatware.
The other application that the SanDisk Extreme 3.0 USB flash drive comes with is the exclusive SanDisk SecureAccess software. This application lets you configure a password-protected private folder on the flash drive. Once you get it setup properly, your files will be secured with 128-bit AES encryption to help keep them confidential.
In order to get access to the 2GB of online cloud storage that was promised you must use SanDisk SecureAcces. The online backup account it hosted by YuuWaa and is simple to use thanks to drag-and-drop file transfers. This is an easy way to backup your data so you can still access it in the event of a lost drive. That said, you can get 2 GB of online storage with automatic backup and sharing services for free from YuuWaa right now, so SanDisk is basically just giving you easy access to free software.