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A-Data My Flash PD14


At first glance the USB Flash drive case seems to be made of aluminum, but if you take a closer look you will see that unfortunately, it is made of plastic with “metal-like” finish. The USB cap sits very tightly on the connector, so you will hardly lose it (unless you leave it somewhere). At the rear end of the drive case there is a small metal loop for the transportation cord fastening. Right next to it there is a green status LED indicator.

The device comes with no additional accessories.

A-Data Oriental Elite 120x PD3


In this case we see a solution that looks fancy enough to be a nice gift to somebody. You get this impression from just looking at the package it comes in. The box that contains a USB flash disk drive features magnetic locks, black velvet insides and really rich accessories bundle compared with the previous three solutions we have just mentioned. The plastic casing of light-purple color has a second transparent skin on top. Through this skin you can see paper inserts with Asian inscriptions on both side of the drive. The USB cap is also made of transparent plastic and is decorated with Asian dragon images. There is a green LED status indicator on the drive and a hole in the rear end of the casing for the transportation cord.

The device comes with a USB extender cable, miniature CD disk with the driver, a transportation cord and two replacement case stickers.

Testbed and Methods

We used the following test programs:

  • FC-Test version 1.0
  • FC-Test version 2.0
  • Intel IOMeter version 2003.02.15

The testbed was configured as follows:

  • Albatron PX865PE Pro mainboard
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU
  • IBM DTLA-307015 15GB hard disk drive
  • Radeon 7000 32MB graphics card
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2

We are still using two versions of FC-Test utility for our benchmarking session. Although they differ in some points of their test algorithms it allows us to compare the results of the flash drives with those that we have tested earlier.

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