Corsair Survivor Key Chain Flash Drive | Why I Use This One
I’ve had a Corsair Survivor key chain flash drive for many years. It’s always dangling on my key chain.
It’s something that I have been doing for awhile now for preparedness; I keep a high capacity USB 3.0 flash drive on my key chain as backup for some of the personal files from my primary computer (encrypted with VeraCrypt).
I chose the Corsair Survivor 256GB flash drive, given its capacity to hold a-lot of files. And more importantly its rugged and waterproof design.
Corsair Survivor Stealth 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
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As you can see in the picture, I’ve had it for awhile. It’s nicked and scratched but is 100% protected by way of its design.
Imagine losing all of your personal data, photos, etc., from your computer? The fact is that eventually it WILL happen. Hard drives fail. Computers fail. There might be a theft, fire, or other damage which results in loss of your personal data.
While some people use “Cloud” services to store and/or backup their personal data, I don’t do that. Rather, I prefer to keep all of my data within my personal physical tangible possession and control. Therefore it is wise to back it up on AT LEAST one other device!
What I like about the Corsair Survivor Flash Drive:
1. The outer shell is metal and protects the flash drive itself from physical damage. “Hard-anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum housing”.
2. The USB case is waterproof (EPDM Seal). There’s an O-ring at the threaded section (see the picture).
3. Shockproof and drop tested with a unique molded shock damping collar.
4. It attaches easily to your key-chain, which means that it is always with you.
5. USB 3.0 (2.0 compatible) technology enables FASTER file transfer speeds
6. It makes a great grip for holding your key chain!
Note: The Corsair Survivor flash drive comes in a variety of storage sizes ranging from 16GB to as much as 512GB! The various options can be found below:
>> All Stealth Survivor USB Flash Drives
I periodically copy and paste files and folders of my choosing from my main PC files to this flash drive. I also encrypt the files (and folders).
Tip: I also keep a flash drive backup copy in my waterproof/fireproof safe. I actually use (this one) for primary backup because of its faster transfer speeds (convenient that way). Though its not designed for a key chain.
CONCLUSION: For “high-tech” preparedness, I recommend that you consider backing up your important files on another storage device such as a USB flash drive. I like this one because it’s always on my key chain and therefore stays with you wherever I go.
Note: In case you were wondering, here’s an article that I did on the little key chain flashlight pictured in the photo above:
[ Read: The Perfect Little Keychain Flashlight ]
[ Read: Strong Master Password For Your Password Manager ]
What happens if you lose it? Is it secured with a password?
Yes. I use VeraCrypt encryption software. Open source.
Thank you. Does this site look correct to you?
Yes, that’s the one. The built-in help guide is extensive. It can do a lot.
Thanks Ken. I had no idea that such a rugged USB keychain existed. I thought about buying this, but I’d really have minimal need for this at present, though it is a great idea for some. Instead, I just have a flash drive in a fireproof safe with paper copies as well. I also have some stuff on a supposedly secure cloud drive. Hopefully though, none of this stuff is ever needed. Thanks for the idea and inspiration though!
Thanks for the information, I will have one Monday. Man I love Amazon!
What about EMP?
Yes, it ‘should’ survive it (EMP). All metal. And metal threads on the end caps. A mini Faraday cage isolated from the outside world until you open it up. Though with an EMP, most all other computing will be toast, so will it really matter? (Hopefully we never find out!)
I prefer physical storage too. I don’t dislike the cloud, but I see more advantages in having something I can hold.
Anytime you buy flash drives or memory cards online it is wise to test them. There are so many fakes out there, and they look real. The vast majority of people never test their flashdrives/memory cards properly. They just dump a large number of files on and if the transfer is successful they assume the device works. THIS IS NOT A GOOD TEST! Many fake devices will just start overwriting existing files when they become full. The existing files will still be listed on the device, but when you try to open them they will be missing data, or completely gone.
I use software called “CrystalDiskMark” to test my flash drives (or any drive). It measures read/write speed.
CrystalDiskMark is a handy tool for verifying drive performance. I really like that it’s also available in portable form from PortableApps :).
It doesn’t officially include any capacity tests for detecting drives with a false capacity, but the performance tests can still be a useful hint of such. That said, for verifying drive capacity it is much more accurate to use a tool like H2testw (Windows), or True Capacity (Linux) as they are designed to detect these sorts of hacks.
Ken, any chance you could put all of the articles on this website of one of those flash drives and sell them? Like they do it over at the Survival Blog…???
That’s an interesting thought… but I’ll never feel like it’s ‘complete’ enough to do that (always a work in progress) ;)
Ken- You have more true survival type articles on this site . Rawles does his something like every other year. He uses a stainless, waterproof scan drive. He sells them for $20 shipped IIRC.
Yes… it is always a work in progress. Do them in 3 or 5 year segments.
I am sure everyone that visits this site would get one. I would get a couple.
I have been using Lacie CooKeys for 15 years. Blends in with the rest of your keys. Really disappointed they quit making them and there appears to be no similar product on the market.