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SanDisk Launches its Smallest USB Drive Yet

Tuesday SanDisk launched its smallest USB drive to date in the U.S. and Canada, the SanDisk Cruzer Blade. The device weighs approximately the same as a penny and measures about the size of a standard size paper clip. Prices range from $14.99 to $77.99, depending on the capacity.

"At half the size of some other USB drives, our compact Cruzer Blade provides consumers with highly portable storage at a great value," said Kent Perry, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "The drive lets users transfer their digital data quickly between computers, and delivers a storage boost to devices such as netbooks that often need additional memory but are difficult to upgrade easily."

The little USB flash drives comes in four flavors: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB. Based on the comment, these drives aren't packed with U3, the flash drive-based mini-OS that allows consumers to install apps directly on the device. Typically U3-compatible drives are partitioned into two drives--a small partition containing the U3 auto-launcher and a larger partition for storage and app installs.

But in the case of the SanDisk Cruiser Blade, apparently consumers are offered straight-up storage. The new compact line is now available nationwide, however consumers can head here to order the drive(s) online. Those who still want to tinker with U3 can head here to learn more and download the launcher.