Summary: We ordered 5 of these for a class. We started out by loading a linux distro on each and booting from them, but the performance was so bad we had to stop using them. I loaded the image onto a difference USB drive and performance was fantastic. I found that using the USB stick normally to simply hold files also had poor performance.
Summary: I don't back up data every week and I managed to lose a great deal of information when this flash drive simply decided to stop working after only three months. It worked this morning when I "safely removed hardware" and then didn't work this afternoon when I needed to load my lecture. It's no longer recognized by any computer. I'm very disappointed with the quality of this product and the Geek Squad solution I was given today: "Well, they just die sometimes.
Summary: A co-worker and I both purchased one of these memory sticks and within a 3-month time both have died. In each case it worked well and then just stopped being recognized by ANY computer. For mine, I've tried several Windows and Mac OS computers with no success. Any data is essentially lost. Save yourself the heartache and buy a different brand / model of Memory stick.