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Now they have the VE300 model with USB 3.0 and Bluray support.
http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=459

Mine support Bluray but not USB 3.0 but i have sata for when i transfer as windows 7 dosent support USB 3.0 yet anyway. So like i said i don't see the point of this. i pick up a 320GB HDD and the Zalman case for the same price then the 8GB. Fantastic except DELL Computer does not like it.
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I think you are misunderstanding that this is a "HARDWARE LEVEL" USB drive that the BIOS sees as a USB Drive & an Optical Drive....
Meaning it shows up as both, so if your BIOS doesn't support USB Booting, it will show the USB Drive as an Optical Drive, which is AWESOME, because you can use this to boot up Oh OLD computers! biggrin.gif
This is clearly a Tech Tool for people who fix computers on a regular basis...
I can fit about 12 ISOs or more on an 8 GB Drive, definitely, so multi-booting from a stick would be a major time saver, definitely... You could have X ISOs of Linux on there too, woot!

Are you sure a computer that doesn't support booting over USB will boot on this? Even if the BIOS sees an optial drive, it would still be booting over USB, just booting an optical drive over USB. I've never tried to use an optical drive attached to USB to boot an old computer.

I have, and it works on older machines, sometimes, depends upon just how Oh OLD it is...

But the bios is suppose to list it as an actual optical drive attached like a normal one would be, believe it or not...

I'd be a tad bit pissed if it didn't work like advertised...

He explains it works through Optical Drive protocol to the bios...


Now, granted their are much cheaper solutions today, like an external drive, most newer computers will boot from these, however, this is much more portable, it works on older computers, and serves a dual purpose, as it's also a flash drive, which is a big win for techs.. biggrin.gif

Besides, any real tech with a real business could afford multiple of these new drives.. biggrin.gif
Edited by _GTech - 3/29/12 at 1:39pm
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post #23 of 59
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If your computer cannot see a USB device at boot by default, how exactly will this make your computer all of a sudden see a USB device (even if it signs itself as an optical drive)? Since it is not SATA or old IDE interface it will never actually act like a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive. Seems to me like this is bogus...
It actually sounds like 8GB flash drive with a boot loader installed on it.

It acts the same way as a USB Disc Drive. Just, without the disc portion. It tells the BiOS that it's a CD/DVD.
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Except for those of us who have Boycotted that Metro ridden mess of an OS.

This!
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It acts the same way as a USB Disc Drive. Just, without the disc portion. It tells the BiOS that it's a CD/DVD.

And this!

I'm looking forward to this. No more bloated software on my SSD just to deal with disk images (thanks for being 10 years behind everyone else, MS, even though YOUR Developer previews are ISOs.)
post #25 of 59
A device I plug in that is a usb storage drive that takes another guise as a different piece of hardware gives me a shudder...like the one I get if forced to use password for your password

edit: clarity?
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It acts the same way as a USB Disc Drive. Just, without the disc portion. It tells the BiOS that it's a CD/DVD.
This will only work if the machine actually supports external CD/DVD drives over USB. The product is misleading completely. It will not make a computer that cannot read or boot off of a USB-connected device somehow magically be able to boot off of a USB connected device. Whoever paid the asking price for this is an idiot.
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post #27 of 59
If your old machine can't boot from a usb device, how will this magically enables it? Doesn't makes sense to me.
As fas as i can understand, this device emulates an ODD drive, your pc will gonna see it as an ODD CONNECTED VIA USB,
so how will this work if your computer doesn't support booting via usb device?

if your computer supports booting from an ODD that connected via USB, it will also support booting from a flash drive connected via USB, so what is this device for again?
Edited by ghostrider85 - 3/29/12 at 2:45pm
post #28 of 59
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If your old machine can't boot from a usb device, how will this magically enables it? Doesn't makes sense to me.
As fas as i can understand, this device emulates an ODD drive, your pc will gonna see it as an ODD CONNECTED VIA USB,
so how will this work if your computer doesn't support booting via usb device?
It won't and that's the whole point. Either people (a) don't understand the technology behind this, or (b) are just stupid. Either way, a number of them are about to be swindled out of $125.
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post #29 of 59
pointless device is pointless
post #30 of 59
You can do this yourself with open source software. If you need to boot to install Windows 7, Microsoft provides a utility that creates a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive. Your motherboard has to be able to boot from USB for this isostick to work anyway.
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