Daily Giz Wiz 402: Sandisk Extreme IV flash drive and Firewire 800 reader

Episode 402 of the podcast

Sandisk Extreme IV flash drive and Firewire 800 reader
Subject: Review of Sandisk Extreme IV flash drive and Firewire 800 reader
Released:Tuesday 18 September 2007
Length:about 10 minutes
Download file:dgw0402.mp3 (4.4 MB)

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Short info

It's turn the tables Tuesday, and Leo reviews the high-speed Sandisk Extreme IV flash drive and Firewire 800 reader .

Detailed information

Recommended by Brian Fisher to Leo, SanDisk's Extreme IV series of Compact Flash cards, with both read and write speeds up to 40MB/s, are the fastest available yet.  Ideal for continuous shooting mode.  Come in capacities of 2, 4 and 8GB.  Check your camera's maximum capacity for CF cards, though.  All Extreme IV CF cards come bundled with a data recovery program called RescuePro Deluxe, for recovery of data files from flash media, including photos (with support for many RAW file formats from major camera manufacturers), music, video and other documents - see the full list of supported file formats.

The Extreme Firewire Card Reader is both Firewire 400 and 800 compatible, and when used with the Extreme IV cards, can deliver speeds of up to 40MB/s.  One slot only, for CF cards.  It can be bought separately or bundled with a 2GB or 4GB card.  There is also a USB2 card reader available, with speeds up to 20MB/s and 2 slots, for CF and other cards.

Test Results

In July 2006, Rob Galbraith published the results of his testing of various flash cards, including the Extreme IV 2GB and 4GB models, when used with different high-end cameras.  He also tested transfer speeds of different cards on different card readers, from the cards to a computer: results here.  The combination of the Extreme IV CF cards and the Extreme Firewire Card Reader gave whopping real-life speeds of over 38MB/s.

Gadget Funding

Matt Ryan has just purchased the GizWizBiz engraved Inka Pen, with which he is much impressed.  He has a gadget store in Second Life, and the first item he bought was a cardboard box with the Giz Wiz's face on it, in the TWiT Amphitheatre created by Boss Melnitz (now dismantled).  He's using the profits from his Second Life store to fund the purchase of real life gadgets.

For a view of the virtual Dick's Gadget Warehouse that once existed in Second Life, see Episode 197.  The news of its demise came in Episode 311.  The real-life warehouse is of course thriving (even though its inhabitants aren't any longer) - see Episode 246.

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