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- The USB-A plug end supports USB 3.0 high-speed transfers and SanDisk has developed a mobile app to manage your photos and videos. The flash drive is available in 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256 GB configurations.
Keep your iOS device free from space warnings.
I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when Apple announced the 256GB iPhone 8/8Plus. It suddenly meant that you wouldn’t have to worry about that dreaded warning message that you are out of space when you are trying to record your child’s birthday party or another important life event. Unfortunately for some of us, we still have to worry about that. I chose this past cycle not to upgrade my phone and so I still have a 32GB iPhone 7. I take a lot of photos and a moderate amount of videos so my phone fills up pretty fast. I try to monitor this closely and frequently move media to iCloud or other online storage option. There are times, however, that won’t work. That’s why SanDisk created the iXpand Flash Drive, extra portable storage for your iOS devices.
The iXpand Flash Drive offers users an easy way to free up space on your iPhone or iPad. The drive plugs directly into the Lightning port on your device and can be set to automatically backup your camera roll anytime it’s connected. SanDisk also set up the flash drive to support popular video formats (mp4, mov) so that you can watch videos on the go from your iOS device. The Lightning extension is flexible so that it can work with most cases and you never have to work around your set-up to use the drive. The USB-A plug end supports USB 3.0 high-speed transfers and SanDisk has developed a mobile app to manage your photos and videos. The flash drive is available in 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256 GB configurations.
|Dimensions||13 x 17 x 59mm|
|Operating Temperature||0-35 degrees C functional|
|Supported Video Formats||.MP4 and .MOV video formats as supported in iOS. DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions.|
|Compatibility||Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Chrome OS, Mac OS X v10.8 and higher.|
|Warranty||1-year limited warranty|
|Microsoft ExFAT Support||US 128GB and 256GB; Japan 64GB and 128GB|
The first thing I noticed about the iXpand drive was the packaging. It comes in a pneumatically sealed package like other flash drives are stored in. most of the time, I will just attempt to rip open the package, but this time I actually followed the suggestion of the package and cut it open with a pair of scissors. Even when I cut along the dotted line, the drive was still securely locked away beneath the plastic. The front of the package had the SanDisk branding and you could clearly see what the flash drive looks like through the plastic. The details on the front of the package also indicate what capacity the drive is. There are concise directions on the back of the packaging that outline how you should get started.
First, you plug-in the drive. If you do not already have the SanDisk app on your phone (or tablet) you will see an on-screen alert directing you to the App Store. The app only takes a few minutes to download and then you can start managing your storage. The app will request permission to communicate between the app and the flash drive and then check for any firmware updates for the flash drive. You are then ready to start storing your files on the flash drive. The app gives you several options on what you want to do with the drive connected. I chose to work with copying files from my phone to the drive first since I felt like that was the primary operation of the flash drive.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with several flash drives built for iOS devices and the big roadblock to them all seems to be the app interface. SanDisk has a really nice app that is easy to navigate and allows you to get started immediately backing up your files without a lot of fluff in the app. I had no problem accessing the files from the drive on the phone or on the computer.
I do like to add a bit of actual testing into my reviews so that readers can see there is more to my experience than just “oh, files copied fine”. So, when I plugged the iXpand into my computer, I ran a Blackmagic Disk Speed Test to see what the read/write speeds were. I then looked up some benchmarking tests on comparable flash drives of 128GB capacity. Here are the comparisons and a screenshot of the test I ran on the iXpand drive. You will see that the iXpand drive falls towards the end of the list.
|Flash Drive Name||Peak Write MB/s|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0||207|
|Corsair Voyager GT 3.0 128GB||172|
|PNY” USB 3.0 FD 128GB||117|
|SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone||61.2|
|Kingston DT HyperX 3.0 128GB||53.9|
Despite it’s somewhat slower read/write speeds, I feel that the iXpand drive is worth having for iOS users. It gives you peace of mind and a very easy ability to transfer files onto a backup drive. You can avoid losing files by backing up your phone or tablet on a regular basis and the drive makes it simple to move files to your computer. I think this is a good investment for any iOS user.
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I have two recent Macs: a late 2012 Core i7 Mac Mini, and a mid 2013 13' Mac Book Air. I use OS 10.10.2 (latest version of Yosemite) on each one, I keep both of them 'mean and clean', keep up to date with all software, do backups once a week, do disk repair/maintenance once a week, etc., etc. The Mac Mini has 4 USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, and a Firewire 800 port (there are other ports, but not related to disks). The Mac Book Air has 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a Thunderbolt port. I have 2 SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drives, 32 gb and 64 gb in size. They are both formatted as Mac OS Extended, and are empty. Nothing is connected to either Thunderbolt port.
On my Mac Book Air, they mount fine, and can be seen both on my desktop and in Disk Utility (on one of the USB 3.0 ports, I have the little USB 'Receiver' that I use for my Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse). But, on my Mac Mini, no matter which USB port I use, I cannot 'see' either of them in Disk Utility, nor on the Desktop. Yet, on the Mini, when I do an 'About This Mac...', then a 'System Report...', and then 'USB', I can see the Flash Drive under one of the 'USB High Speed Bus' choices. This even occurs when I disconnect all the unneeded peripheral devices from the Mini (I still leave the monitor connected, along with my Apple Keyboard, and the USB 'receiver' for my Logitech M310 Wireless Mouse). I even tried the Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse, but got the same result.
It is really baffling! Surprisingly, I have an older 17' MacBook Pro laptop on which I have OS 10.6.8 (last version of Snow Leopard), and both flash drives mount on that machine fine. So, I am stumped as to what the issue with the Mac Mini can be. Any other USB peripheral that I am using with the Mac Mini is fine (keyboard, an external drive (via a USB 2.0 cable), a hub, and as I stated, the USB receiver for the mouse).
This is not a 'big' deal, as if I need to get anything from the Mini to one of the Flash Drives, I have a portable external USB 2.0 drive that I just connect to the Mini, copy the file from the Mini to that drive, disconnect the drive and connect it to the Mac Book Air, copy the file to the Air's desktop, disconnect the drive, connect the Flash Drive, and finally copy the file to the Flash Drive. (I have another way to do it, but it is almost as 'convoluted'). But, sure would like a simpler solution on the Mini!
So, any advice/assistance/information, etc. would be most appreciated!