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OCZ Rally 2 Thumb Drive

Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
Supplied by: OCZ Technology
Street Price: $20

by Brian Tiller (8/16/2006)

Introduction

Ten years ago the 3.5" floppy disk was 'the' medium to transport files on and for the most part it was all the average person needed. Sure, CD/RW drives were out there but they were cost prohibitive for normal everyday use. Today, I can't imagine living without a thumb drive and most companies have switched over to providing thumb drives with new computer installs instead of a floppy drive. I use a thumb drive practically everyday at work and the convenience of it allows me to do more in less time. Can you imagine trying to transfer a 50MB file or program using floppy disks today? 

For the past year or so, my mainstay drive has been a 128MB Corsair Voyager and it's been great. Today, I get a chance to handle a couple of OCZ drives that they sent over to see how they stack up. So let's take a quick look at the specs of the first of these, the OCZ Rally 2.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 67.6mm (L) x .62mm (W)

  • Aluminum Construction

  • Lanyard and Extension cable included

  • Orange status light

  • Available in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities

  • Transfer Speeds: Up to 28MB/s (read), 15MB/s (write)

  • Lifetime Warranty

As mentioned in the specs, the Rally 2 comes bundled with a lanyard and a USB extension cable. While it's doubtful that most of us would use the lanyard, the extension cable can be a real lifesaver if you have no front USB ports on your PC.

The drive itself is pretty standard looking. It has the OCZ logo on it as well as the branding of the drive and it's capacity size. The cap slides on and off fairly snugly. I've been using the drive off and on for about two weeks now and it still shows no sign of loosening.

  

As you can see, the sample that we have here is the 512MB version which is priced right at $20 smackers on New Egg.


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