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#1 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 12:01 PM
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Default The Perfect USB Flash Drive!

When I first started looking at the new Sorento, I knew the built-in USB port would be one of my favorite features. I have a library of over 3000 songs in MP3 format, mostly ripped from CD's that I bought, borrowed, or checked out from the library. Up to now I have used them to burn MP3 CD's, or to load on MP3 players. I loaded some songs on a old 1GB flash drive I had laying around, and used it to try out the USB input when I test-drove the Sorento. I didn't like the way the drive stuck out of the dash - it looked like it could be easily bumped, possibly causing damage to the drive or even worse to the socket. So I went on a quest to find the (physically) smallest flash drive possible to use in this application. Now that my new Sorento is parked in my garage, I would like to share with you the result of my search.

The flash drive I settled on is made by InnoDisk, and is called the Nano. I ordered mine from MemoryDepot.com, a Canadian firm. The link follows:

8GB NANO USB Flash Drive (NANOUSB-8G ) Innodisk

They sell it in 8GB and 16GB capacity. I decided to get 2 8GB drives (one primary and one backup). Almost all of my MP3 files were ripped at 320kbps for maximum quality. The average MP3 song in my library requires about 10mb of space, so I usually figure 100 songs per gigabyte when I am loading a MP3 player. I didn't want the drive to be too big, or it would be very time consuming to scroll through all the selections. 8GB would hold about 800 songs - plenty enough for me. For my first attempt at loading my drive, I picked out about 650 of my favorite songs, contained in 17 separate folders. This worked out very well. It used a little more than 3/4 of the drive's capacity. It is very easy to scroll through the folders, and through the individual songs in each folder, using the stereo controls. When inserted, the drive fits very close to the dash. It only sticks out 5mm. If it was any smaller there wouldn't be anything to grab with your fingertips! When you access the USB drive, it has a tiny little red LED in the end that glows. Looks great with the other red lights on the stereo system.

I couldn't be any happier with this flash drive. I believe it is perfect for this particular application. Hope this info is helpful to others on this forum.
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That does look cool... I am currently using the 4gb on my Slacker radio for Mp3s, but if my Slacker goes out.. that's a pretty neat USB drive.
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That's a bad ass flash drive. Wouldn't even know it's there. Nice find and thx for sharing.
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awesome - looks like that would be great for most cars
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Thanks for sharing. That is the exact same size as the USB receiver for the Logitech Nano V450 laptop mouse. I have 4 of those mice for the laptops around our house and we always leave the receiver plugged in and it works great. I also have some microSD flash cards that fit into a small USB adapter, but even that thing is not as small as this one. I had no idea they could get a flash drive down to that size. Cool!
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thks for sharing, wow, talk about super small..!!

Nice!
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Nice found you got there And we know now it's working in our Sorento, Because some flash drive doesn't work Thanks for sharing
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Has anyone tried a portable hard disk in the USB port?
I'm curious to know, I have about 60-80gig of MP3's and although i will probably just hook up my IPOD i wonder if the USB has enough power for a portable drive.
Would be good to know though, i could put a cable into the USB port and slip the drive into the tray underneath.

Chuck is probably correct though that it's far too many folders to manipulate on the fly.

BTW that is a very sexy thumb drive....
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Someone on here said that they hooked up a 120 gig portable hard drive to the USB port and worked just fine. I don't recall the brand off the top of my head, but if can look for the post on here.
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Thanks spoons, i guess i could've used the search but i thought i would ask as the topic was already here....

I wont bother searching, i will probably just try a drive at some point.
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