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A NEW Flash Baby comes on the scene

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Sandisk Cruzer “Blade”

One of the smallest USB Flash drives in the market today

Nandinium does the H2testw test on a new 16GB micro Flash

I’ve always been cautious about flash memory ever since I got caught with a fake Kingston 32GB described HERE

I’ve tended to buy  small circa 2-4GB drives only,  I really do not need anything much larger,  certainly I am not in a race to show the largest Flash on the street (A truly Male pastime),  so the brave move up to 16GB has been taken with great consideration,  after much research of sellers and prices.

I have always trusted Sandisk, my previous purchases of 1GB, 2Gb and 4GB “U3” models have never let me down,  so when the time came to purchase a larger basket to put my precious digital eggs in,  Sandisk was an obvious contender.

Here is “the Blade”

Here is the test report from h2testw

The speed is impressive, that’s for sure,  a good 4mBytes/sec writing,  with a creditable 13mBytes/sec reading speed.

This Flash drive comes in a neat card package showing on the front it’s capacity in GB and on the rear a complex bar code and unique serial number that contains the actual capacity of the drive,  i.e 016GB for this one.

Sandisk offer a two year warranty,  you can register and/or check your model at

Here is a *** W A R N I N G * * *  Currently Sandisk make only 4GB, 8GB & 16GB in this model so if you see 32GB advertised on eBay or anywhere, be suspicious,  check with Sandisk at      FIRST,  and as always IF you do buy, check with H2testw BEFORE

giving any feedback to the seller,  IF you got a FAKE, then   NEGATIVE FEEDBACK  must be the only option.  NEVER change your feedback to get a  REFUND  You will have been a victim of FRAUD Make sure the seller knows your feelings, and others that check, too.

Purchases can be made at  and at emaxusb  (via eBay)  As always,  be

careful where you buy,  and from whom,  best avoid any seller in the orient,  and CHECK the PRICE,  anyone offering these at a £3.00 start will most likely be trying to sell you a fake, the current price for 8GB is around £15.00  and the 16GB is in the £20.00 region.  BOTH the above mentioned traders have supplied me with genuine original flash drives,  both offer a fast service and have a good customer support.

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July 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

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  1. Nice clear article – and you are absolutely right!

    Sandisk is one of my trusted companies too. Buyers would be extremely foolish to think that they can buy a genuine 16GB Sandisk flash drive at much under £20 on ebay.

    The blade type generally comes in at a slightly lower price than other models such as the micro (usually a bit over £20) – but not by a lot.

    Buyers would do well to check seller’s registered location matches the location for the item. A lot of fraudulent sellers (mainly registered in Hong Kong, Singapore and China) will give the item location as a different country – a sure fire indication of fraud, whatever the price being charged.

    I could go on and on about all the other things to look out for – but that is an entire article in itself!

    Well done on another excellent article.


    July 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm

  2. Many thanks for the well-timed review, Nandinium! 🙂
    I received four of these drives the other day which I’d earned from recent activities in a referral marketing programme. I havn’t run mine through H2W yet (I’d like to keep ’em pristine until use if I can especially as they might need to be RMA’d – See below) but as they were ordered via Amazon from Indigo Starfish, they *should* be the real thing! 🙂

    Just a quick note about the retail price: The 16GB model currently sells on Amazon for £14.29 as can be seen at so it’s possible that genuine units could appear on eBay for £17.00 and up, if there are retailers who don’t mind making small profits on large volume sales.
    (My apologies if this info comes a little late for ye to save a bit on the price – I only just spotted this weblog post. 🙂

    Finally, I’d like to add a caution regarding these drives for the security conscious: Unlike previously advertised “Cruzer” models, these DO NOT support U3 data encryption or the Launchpad environment. 😦
    I’ve found this out the hard way (I bought a cheap 4GB one as a test unit on Monday, whilst the 16GB ones were en-route) and I’m currently struggling with Sandisk support, trying to have these RMA’d and exchanged for units with the U3 support that I require. 😦

    Anyhow…Thanks once again for the excellent review! I might crack open my 4GB test unit at some point so I can evaluate build quality and durability, and if I do I’ll try to post a “Cruzer Inside” review on my own weblog! >:-)
    +++ DieselDragon +++


    December 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

    • Yes I saw the dropped price too, it had to happen, however I only brought ONE as a tentative move up from the 8GB ones which were the largest I had.
      Since having this one 16GB for some months I have filled it to about 2GB level, I really cannot see me putting more on to it, I doubt I will purchase any more
      “large baskets” specially not the 64-128-256GB ones. I couldn’t see why they left off the U3 support either, that would surely have made them even more sought after? I use U3 here for portable apps, but only on the 4GB slide models, apps like Firefox, Skype, Wireshark, the sort of stuff you carry with you on
      a rescue and repair mission.
      Any reviews would be welcome, posted here as a mirror if you decide to do one..
      Thanks for passing by and for your comments.


      December 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  3. I recently purchased a “16 gb” blade on eBay from a Hong Kong based seller with good feedback. I paid just under $20 US including shipping, which should have been my first clue. I became uneasy after the purchase and with good reason. When it arrived, I immediately attempted to load it up and found that it would only store about 10 gb reliably. Beyond that, the data would copy, but disappeared later. I contacted the seller who suggested reformating, which I had already done. He then said he would ship another, without requesting return of the bad one. I then realized that the item had been cancelled and disappeared from my purchased items and items waiting for feedback. Subsequent emails to the seller went unanswered, so I filed a dispute with eBay after 2 weeks. The seller then responded, stating that a replacement had been shipped. After another week and a half and more emails going unanswered, I escalated the case with eBay. I received a reply within 12 hours stating that I would be receiving a full refund, including shipping. Three days later the replacement arrived. Am currently testing it. While I was waiting for the replacement, I ordered another one from Amazon, cost less than $25 US including shipping. The packaging is quite different. The fake packaging looked like the picture above except there is an asterisk next to the GB*, simulating the genuine packaging. The back of the packages is entirely different. While I’ve been writing this, the testing has finished. Another piece of shit, looks like it might have been a 4 gb drive before it was altered. Caveat emptor.

    Craig Sauls

    February 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    • Craig, thanks for your comment, it confirms as I suspected would happen, the “Blade” would eventually be copied as fake. If you get chance to do some decent photo’s of the fake packaging they would be welcome here, specially the fine detail that will help others identify a fake physically without having to go through the h2testW test, a test that is totally reliable, but is often blamed by counterfeit sellers as being damaging to the flash drive, part of their bogus defence.


      March 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

  4. Article was very good. We all trust Scandisk. We also sell Sandisk Cruzer blade pen drives on Webex computer.


    June 19, 2018 at 2:12 pm

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