Verbatim� Store 'N' Go� Swivel USB Drive, 32GB
Avoid the Verbatim 32 gig USB sticks
After having purchased and used sucessfully about five of the 16 gig Verbatim Store "N" Go brand USB sticks I moved up to the 32 gig size. After purchasing two at the same time and using them for about 3 or 4 months of use (and used about 19.5 gig of capacity each time) each flash drive became write-protected and will no longer function. Attempting to copy your files off of the stick is impossible as much of the data becomes corrupted. All attempts to work around the write-protection fails as there is a hidden directory that cannot be eliminated from the stick and the stick cannot be reformated. Verbatim's own recovery software does not work in this case.
Maybe this is a bad bunch of USB drives from Verbatim. Don't know, but I won't be back for a third one and would caution you against purchasing this Verbatim product, the 32 gig Store "N" Go, for regular use.
January 1, 2013
Waste of Money
I never even was able to finish the initial backup before something happened and now the disk is "protected" and stow n go software is not accessible. If I could, I would switch products, but I no longer have a receipt and will wind up exchanging for another non-functioning drive.
June 19, 2012
Seeking rugged, secure storage for all personal documents, I selected the 32 Gb Verbatim Store-n-Go flash drive. Write performance was slower than I expected while copying my personal directories to the device, but most flash drives tend to be slow. The speed I observed could have been due to my use of the encrypted directory option embedded in this drive. Once files were loaded, the security feature worked quickly and met all of my expectations.
However, after a short time the device has stopped working entirely. The LED is off, yet Windows provides a drive letter and then asks to ?insert a disk? whenever the drive letter is selected. Fortunately, my data is still available from other sources. Otherwise it would be lost forever with this dead drive!
I contacted Verbatim support by email, after the lengthy sign-up procedure which they require. However, no responce has been sent and three weeks have passed. I am taking the device back to Office Depot, but it is unlikely they will provide a refund. Unfortunately, they will give me a replacement drive and I will have to begin again and hope the new device is more dependable than the first one.
April 26, 2009