Why buy a USB stick? In order to have a convenient means of transferring information, and not to carry bulky hard drives and not to use the clouds — it is not for everyone. But the stick, too, are different, first and foremost, they differ in the ease of use in terms of size. Very few people want to spend hours looking for a tiny drive the size of a fingernail or work with USB drives especially large sizes. USB flash drive SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 in this plan is optimal — it is big enough not to lose her, and at the same time, moderately compact. And Yes, it is sold in Russia, though in several modifications with different capacity. In our case, the capacity was 16 GB.


In comparison with most other USB drives packing SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 is very small, which means it uses less cardboard, which has a positive impact on the reduction of harm caused to the environment due to deforestation. At the same time it has all the necessary user information, and more.

The drive can be seen immediately — it is placed in a bath of transparent plastic material, and immediately set its par amount. The front side also shows a lack of a cap covering the connector — it uses the body slider that is written in very large letters. The manufacturer didn’t forget to hint on an increased speed of work, noting the presence of the interface USB 3.0. It’s true — flash is very fast, and below we give a proof. The back of the packaging contains only technical information and warranty terms. Information given in a number of languages, and into Russian she also translated.


SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 is made in the body of matte plastic of black color with a large glossy panel at the top. The slider is also glossy, but, first, not black, but dark red, and secondly, it is translucent. The top is also present bright red logo of the manufacturer. On the bottom are the technical details — capacity, model, and serial number. Also, there are a series of icons, indicating that in the case of disposal of the drive should be disposed of in the trash — it should be recycled. It is also a concern for the environment.


Case SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 is not only matte, but also slightly rough — due to this it is pleasant to the touch and won’t slip out of hands, besides he is also not easily soiled — fingerprints are not visible. The same cannot be said about the glossy box — it traces remain in touch immediately.

The slider glides easily and silently, but does not have a clear tactile feedback when locking in open and closed positions. Clicks it also not emits that initially gives reason to doubt the reliability of the design. But, really, no problem with him not there — the connector is very firmly fixed in both positions, and even if the force to push him back in case he can’t hide. In the closed state of the connector does not stick out from the body a single millimeter, which prevents accidental damage by jam the metal elements.

Pressing on the case plastic is not prominaetsya, no crackles audible. The Assembly of the drive is excellent, the mechanism inside is not loose and does not rattle. When you connect to a computer or laptop light up violet-blue led shines as it is not a floodlight but bright enough to see it. In idle it burns with the effect of periodic decay, which adds to the drive’s aesthetics.

In the opposite from the connector end of the body has an eyelet for hanging the stick, for example, on a ring with keys. The hole itself is quite large, allowing you to do the mount without any additional strings or laces. The walls of the eyelets are sturdy and without due diligence on the part of the owner just will not break. In short, SanDisk is very compact and reliable drive.

Connecting to a computer

To test SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 was used computers and laptops running Windows 10, Windows 7 and even Windows XP. The latter is known not supported by Microsoft for more than five years, and the updates do not go under it. However, flash drive has started under it immediately, without any problems.

We also tested the drive for compatibility with older versions of USB. The results expected under USB 2.0 and 1.1, it booted, but it is important to remember that in this mode, the speed of read and write will be significantly lower than when connected via USB 3.0.

After the start of the 16 GB was available to us at 14.5 GB, ie formatting “ate” only 10% capacity, and it is quite a decent figure 20 MB of disk space was occupied by SanDisk SecureAccess software to encrypt data and instruction to it. About it we will talk separately.


Speeds SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 measured at ports of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. In both cases it is evident that she is trying to get the most from the interfaces and from your controller, operating on the limit for its class speeds. The USB 2.0 has yielded the following results: read speed exceeded 30 MB per second and write speed is almost reached 12 MB per second. For this version USB results — prohibitive to jump higher is virtually impossible.

USB 3.0 all the more interesting. The recording rate was equal to 109 MB/s and write speed more than 16 Mbps. the Latter figure, of course, could be higher, but let’s not forget that we are talking about a regular flash drive, not on high-speed mobile SSD. But with the speed of reading the full order — 1 GB copied with SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 in less than 10 seconds, and all of 14.5 gigabytes will flow into the memory of a computer or laptop for only 2.5 minutes.

Data encryption

Return to the application SanDisk SecureAccess found in memory drive. The program is compatible with Windows and macOS, but not available in Russian interface is strictly in English. On the other hand the program is very quick to learn and easy to use, so that the dictionaries and translators to get acquainted with its capabilities you don’t need. SanDisk SecureAccess encrypts any files, be it documents or photos from the memory stick by itself is very resistant to cracking the AES algorithm. The key length is 128 bits and higher, which automatically guarantees 100% protection of encrypted information. Instead of the original documents in memory drive will be stored on the useless files in the form of a set of unrelated symbols. Decoding with SanDisk SecureAccess is instantaneous if the right to specify the password that you entered when you first launch the program. By the way, I advise you to use the most complex password the stronger the protection the better. As for the speed in the encryption, then there is a case, all depends on the type and volume of target file. For example, 10 Microsoft Word documents SecureAccess coded in a couple of seconds. Let us add that the program runs equally well on all versions of Windows, including older Windows XP.

Additional features

SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 can be used to transfer files not only between conventional computers and laptops. Also that drive with the right adapter, you can connect directly to mobile devices running Google’s Android tablets or smartphones. With iOS this trick will not work in the Apple platform there are restrictions on external media. To test this, in fact, not declared by the manufacturer (that is, undocumented features), we connected the drive to the smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 running Android 6 Marshmallow. The phone immediately recognized it and identified as removable media, after which it became available for copying in both directions as through a conventional file Explorer, or via third party file managers, including the Android version of Total Commander. No special application for this purpose is not required.

Pros SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 — sleek design; — high speed; — reliability of the case and slide mechanism; compatible with Windows and Android; — encryption function.

Cons of SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 is partially soiled body.

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