The Bottom Line
The SanDisk Ultra Backup USB 2.0 Flash Drive is a good laptop, notebook, or netbook backup choice for business travelers. It provides a number of extra features that are great for business travelers, including built-in password protection as well as AES hardware encryption and a one-touch “backup” button, so that all you have to do is press the backup button and bingo, you’re protected.
Note: Backup functionality only works on Windows XP and Vista, has to be updated via an XP computer to work with Windows 7.
- Small, light, easy-to-use
- One-touch “backup” button allows you backup files easily on Windows Vista and Windows XP
- Strong security and encryption capabilities built in
- Wide range of storage capacities, up to 64 GB
- USB 2.0 compatible
- Since it's so small, you need to be careful you don't lose it
- More expensive than a generic USB flash drive
- Backup capabilities are limited to Windows computers. Works as secure storage on others
- Backup functionality only works on Windows XP and Vista, has to be updated to work with Windows 7
- USB 2.0 flash drive with retractable USB connector
- One-touch backup button for automatic back up on Windows Vista and XP. Works with Windows 7 if updated via Windows XP.
- Black plastic construction
- Single, USB “stick” design—no cables or connectors needed
- Plug-and-play functionality automatically installs needed software
- Five year limited warranty
- 8 GB - $49.99, 16 GB - $97.99, 32 GB - $169.99, 64 GB - $277.99
Guide Review - SanDisk Ultra Backup USB 2.0 Flash Drive
It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when traveling. That’s why one of the things I do when traveling with my laptop is to make sure I have a way to back it up on the road. The last thing I want to do is spent a bunch of time working on a document on a plane or in a hotel room and lose all that work. Computer problems can happen anywhere, but they’re a lot more likely on the road. Laptops can get stolen, dropped, bumped, or simply have something spilled on them.
However, business travelers don’t just need any type of backup solution. They need something that’s light, small, portable and works easily. I rarely have as much time as I’d like when I’m on the road, so I don’t want to spent a lot of time doing housekeeping for my computer, if I can help it.
Over the years, I’ve used different backup solutions for my business laptop-CDs, DVDs, and yes, even floppies (if you remember them). Lately, I’ve been using little USB flash drives. They’re small, light, and easy-to-use. But I may have found something even better.
The SanDisk Ultra Backup USB 2.0 Flash Drive is a good laptop, notebook, or netbook backup choice for business travelers. It’s just like most other USB drivers, with a few key differences that make it a strong backup solution for the business traveler.
First of all, it’s a high-speed, USB 2.0 compatible device, which means it will transfer your files at a relatively good clip. Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, it provides built-in security, both with password protection as well as built-in AES hardware encryption. That means it’s a heck of lot harder for someone who steals, finds, or picks up your USB flash drive to gain access to any of your files. The stuff you put on the drive, stays on the drive. Lastly, the device has a one-touch “backup” button, so that all you have to do is press the backup button and bingo, you’re protected.