Corsair Flash Survivor GT

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Corsair Flash Survivor GT

We’ve used too many Jack Bauer references lately, but c’mon, how could we review this key and not say it’s the one Jackie boy would use?

The 8GB Flash Survivor GT, after all, is shock and water resistant—and if your service automatic runs out of ammo, you can even fling its hard aluminum body at someone’s head. But how does it perform?

Quite well, actually. Older keys can deliver great speeds with medium and large files but are painfully slow when transferring small ones. The Survivor GT, however, is speedy with all file sizes in both reading and writing tests. So if you need to copy that PowerPoint presentation off of Salazar’s laptop before the building explodes, this is the thumb drive for you. The Survivor GT handily beats the original Flash Voyager GT in all our read and write tests.

We also tested the Survivor by dunking it in boiling water, freezing it, flinging it against a concrete wall, burning it with a butane torch, dropping it down four flights of stairs, and attaching it to a car muffler during a lunch outing, and it, well, survived. It didn’t look pretty in the end, but the data was still intact.

Not all is perfect with the Survivor though. Our unit, like others from Corsair, didn’t include any bundled encryption software, although it is supposed to ship with TrueCrypt freeware. Other small problems: One rubber grip wasn’t glued on the unit, and the device made an annoying squeaking noise when closing—not good if two dozen ninjas are parked inside the room you’re about to enter. Still, if speed and durability are your top concerns, we can’t imagine getting a key that’s any tougher than this baby.

Survivor (occupation)

Fast reads/writes for all file sizes, well-nigh indestructible.

Survivor (reality TV show)

Slight squeak when closing. No bundled encryption software.

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Okeyoyna

thanks a lot.. it's very good article.
Okey Oyna | Okey | Rottweiler | Tavla

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Trkkr

Don't know if you MaxPC guys still check the new comments on old reviews but if you do, are you planning on doing another USB Drive roundup soon?

 Just because certain drives of a certain size didn't do good (or did in some cases) doesn't mean that a larger size of the same drive will perform the same. I'm looking at getting a new large capacity USB drive (32 GB +) but I'd like to know which one(s) are fast at read and write performance.

 

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tkid124

My 16gb Flash Survivor does hold up,
working with youth my first question isn't performance but can it
stand up to their oh so gentle handling and my clumsiness. After all
what good is the fastest and bestest, if it don't workest.
It has stood up to ice water, dropping
on concrete, it has yet to be run over by a soccer mom's suburban,
but the year is not over yet.

The only real concern that I have is
the rubber end caps have a tendency to move when in my jeans, this is
a concern if the drive were ever to go swimming right out of my
jeans.

 

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daveyd

With that amount of money you can double your capacity and opt for the PNY - Attaché 16GB Flash Drive from BestBuy and save $20.

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chaosdsm

And one trip through a washer/dryer cycle & that PNY - Attaché Flash Drive will be toast, or at least the two that went through my washer & dryer were.

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nedwards

@chaosdsm: My 256MB PNY Attaché, the first flash drive I ever bought, is still going strong, five years later, having survived approximately six washer/dryer cycles, five moves, four cities, and several rain storms. It's outlasted every other drive I've ever had. So I guess your mileage may vary.

And daveyd, with the Survivor you're not paying for the capacity, you're paying for the durability. So chaosdsm's point applies.

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daveyd

the Attache's are durable enough. Besides the durability factor doesn't warrant such over-inflated price tag. Heck remove the shell from the 16GB, dunk it in some epoxy resin, let it dry, and you can run it over with a bus.

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Twistedprophet

But can you burn it with a torch? Or drag it from your muffler? I have to admit, I still have a very old generic 512mb drive that has been missing its string and cap for a couple years now and it has survived the washer/dryer a few times. Which I've never "accidentally" burnt mine with a torch, or left it in the freezer when going for a waffle in the morning; but if I did I don't think it would survive the materials expanding and then shrinking back. But I could be wrong.

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