New USB Drive Features Cutting-Edge Technology
November 16, 2006 (KABC) -- Saleswoman Nancy Glover is always on the go, but lugging her laptop around slows her down.
"I'm constantly needing to take this laptop with me, and it's a little bit cumbersome," Glover said.
The solution - a new USB smart drive equipped with a cutting-edge technology called U3. CNET's Tom Merritt says it's for people on the move.
"You can store the programs you use most often, and you can store your settings on them, so it's like having your whole PC right there," Merritt said.
Merritt says older USB drives made it difficult to store anything other than documents or data files. But with U3, users can easily store software like your web browser, email program, instant messenger, personal preferences and games.
"If I can have everything that I need on this small device, then I can use literally anyone's computer to access what I need," Glover said.
Once you've installed all the programs you want, just plug in the USB, click on the icon that pops up and you'll see all your programs.
"It automatically will synch with whatever computer you've started it on and you can kind of just go from there," Merritt said.
And if you're worried about damaging this drive, check this out. A car ran over the device, and it survived. But, the real concern is losing it and your private information.
"If you're storing your settings on here like your email or passwords, if you lose this device, it's possible anyone else could get a hold of that information," Merritt said.
Glover says her drive is password protected, and at this point, she can't imagine life without it.
"To not have to carry your laptop and to consolidate everything into one really small, lightweight device is really key."
Most drives come with security software so you can protect any private information.
Pricing depends on how much storage space you want. Prices range from as low as $30 to more than $100.
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