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.