Desktop computer business up front, mobile party microUSB in the back.

SanDisk today announced its new "Dual USB Drive" — basically a flash drive with a USB 2.0 connector on one side for plugging into a computer, and microUSB on the other side for plugging into a phone. Price starts at $19.99 for a 16GB model and hits $49.99 for 64GB.

Sandisk slipped us a 32GB unit. And, true to form, it's pretty simple to copy files just like you would with any other drive. At least on the computer side, that is. Phones get a little more complicated, but SanDisk helps out with that as well. Many Android devices don't have USB on-the-go (OTG) support. So it's possible you'll plug in this drive, fire up your favorite file browser — and nothing will happen. (Samsung is a notable exception, though — and rooted devices can get around this easily with any number of apps.) 

To that end, SanDisk today updated its Memory Zone app to support the Dual USB Drive. Plug in the drive, open the app, and you've got a file browser capable of reading whatever's on the drive. Images, video, music — whatever.

Pretty simple, and it's a handy little accessory.

More at SanDisk's site.

SANDISK ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST DUAL USB DRIVE DESIGNED TO TRANSFER AND BACKUP CONTENT BETWEEN MOBILE DEVICES AND COMPUTERS

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation , a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Ultra® Dual USB Drive, a USB flash drive featuring both a micro-USB and a USB 2.0 connector in a sleek and sturdy form factor. The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android™ smartphone and tablet users who need an easy way to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices. The drive allows users to safely store and backup files, free-up space, or simply transfer multimedia between their smartphones, tablets and computers.

“The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive provides a simple, convenient way to offload and backup files from smartphones and tablets – with the peace of mind that comes with the trusted SanDisk brand,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “This new drive integrates with SanDisk’s Memory Zone app to make freeing up space on mobile devices simpler than ever, improving the user experience.”

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive provides a convenient way to transfer content via an Android-powered smartphone or tablet’s micro-USB port and a computer’s USB connection. While other methods of transferring files from a mobile device to a computer require wires, applications or a wireless set-up, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive simply needs to be connected to a mobile device supporting USB on-the-go (OTG)1 to access up to 64GB2 of ‘plug and play’ storage capacity. Additionally, the drive’s dual USB ports feature a retractable cover, meaning no caps to lose while still keeping the connectors safe. 

SanDisk is making content management even easier with the SanDisk Memory Zone app, available for download on Google Play™. With the SanDisk Memory Zone app, users are able to better organize files stored on internal and external phone memory for management, viewing, copying and backup – further easing the hassle of freeing up the memory on their mobile device.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is available worldwide and on www.sandisk.com in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $19.99 to $49.99.

 
There are 47 comments

Mattless says:

Is there any kind of protector or retractor on the MicroUSB side?

Yep. On both.

Can you password protect the drive?

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You can make specific files private in that app, but not the whole thing. And it doesn't appear to handle folders correctly — just shows all files in one spot.

Mattless says:

Thanks

Does the note 3 support this?

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It should. Samsung's generally good with USB OTG. (Works fine out of the box on my GS4 Active.)

NoNexus says:

dont worry about the funky USB 3.0 either, you know that regular mini-USB works right?

Jonneh says:

Liking the new site guys. Great comment box, lovely slideshow magic on the photos. Nice stuff; thanks! :-)

I'm glad that I can actually see comments now.

Ben Grames says:

Would this work with a (2012) Nexus 7? Because I've got all kinds of headaches connecting that to my pc to copy files.

SkinsFan1987 says:

This seems pretty useful. I need to remove some files from my TF300, and it's being a bugger when I connect it to my laptop.

billfold says:

Here is the link for compatible devices:

http://www.sandisk.com/products/usb/dualdrive/

LeroyRJR says:

Great idea by Sandisk, wonder if the app will work with OTG cable connections to standard thumb drives

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crxssi says:

It is not an idea by Sandisk. Sony was first: http://blog.sony.com/press/sonys-new-usb-flash-drive-delivers-2-in-1-fun...

Looks like Sony's is smaller and more convenient, but priced a lot higher and has no 64GB option.

bluesun3030 says:

There are already similar devices for sale on Amazon. Some are even USB 3.0 too. I think the premium you are paying is for the SanDisk software & brand name.

bkertz says:

Why not just go with a meenova? It's cheaper and you can swap out micro usb cards so you only need the one device.

Because this makes it easier to transfer files from a computer.

bkertz says:

The meenova has an adapter that lets you transfer from a computer. I guess the argument is that it's not built in? To each their own. The meenova suits me better, but YMMV I guess.

lfnsr says:

+1 on the meenova. works great on my Note 3 and old Note 2.

Whoa, I was expecting it to be a bit pricier than $20 for 16 GB. I might pick one up.

munnarg says:

Why would one choose this over the Leef Bridge 3.0? At least that has USB 3.0 for faster file transfers to and from your pc.

http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=13384949&kw=leef%20br...

Release date?

Anon8154066 says:

Great I will be purchasing very shortly :-)

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Randy R1 says:

The only thing they lack is USB 3.0 .that so sad. You can find better products online

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Randy R1 says:

http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E16820220822

Much better quality

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TLB69 says:

I just called SanDisk and the tech gave me a 10% promo code.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

y2whisper says:

You wouldn't share that code. Or would you?

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TLB69 says:

No need just yet,product not yet available DAGG NABBIT!!!

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

tigger1962_1 says:

PQI and ADATA have had these for a while, I have 2 32Gb versions both of which work great with my note2 and note 8. i'm glad to see sandisk join the foray though... more choice never hurt anyone... well except competitors

rogeratm says:

This looks like a great idea! I could use it with my S3 and my Note 10.1 (2014).
I'll check on this with Sandisk.com or Amazon.

Andro10 says:

There's also the "imation 2-in-1 Micro USB Drive"... which is the same thing. Here's an article about it...

http://androidspin.com/2014/01/13/imation-2-1-micro-usb-flash-drive-solv...

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BB_Bmore says:

Nice! Sold

Mike

dan1431 says:

A cousin who works for SanDisk sent me one to play with and while not perfect, it worked well enough with my Nexus 5 along with the aforementioned application to make it good enough.

Personally I am not sure I would spend my own cash on it, but it is a neat idea.

Dan

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casiouser says:

I've been using the Leef drive version of this from Radioshack. Same price for the 16gb version

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weiny says:

I dont see where to buy it I want to buy one.

bluesun3030 says:

Coming Soon!

trivor says:

I found one of these in the Patriot Stellar Series on NewEgg - got a killer deal on a 64 GB model for $29.99. MIcro USB with a cover on one end and USB 3.0 on the other - all in about a 1.5" package. It was instantly recognized by my LG G2 (verizon) and it's not even too big if you wanted to stream files from it. These are great.

SmogHog says:

I have a few USB OTG devices similar to this SanDisk including one that holds a mico SD card.

With the Google Bumper Case on my Nexus 5 the devices won't go into the micro USB slot fully in order to work.

I need to use a USB OTG cable in order to connect them while the bumper case is on.

StickMount(rooted) or Nexus Media Importer(paid) is still needed.

BTW,for those with a Note 3 there are USB 3.0 USB OTG flash drives available.

unopepito06 says:

Not sure why it's taken so long for this to hit the market. Seems like kind of a no-brainer, right? Either Sandisk needs more creative minds in product design, or they've had the plan to make this and have just been dragging their feet bringing it to market. To be honest, it looks kind of... weird to me. Kind of amateur. It looks like a prototype, I don't know if it is or not. Considering how long there's actually been a market for this type of device (quite awhile, in my opinion), I think they could have designed something a bit more elegant by now...

Now that I think about it, it was probably the need to develop the software (to ensure platform-wide compatibility) that delayed this thing until 2014, when Android OTG support has been available for at least 2 years.

SmogHog says:

You are right,SanDisk is late to the party.

In my region there's about 15 different brands of this type device that started appearing about a year ago between 4GB and 64GB in USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flavors/

A new USB 3.0 dual flash drive that I saw yesterday has the protective cap that is also a stylus touch pen on the micro end

Deeco says:

The comments system on AC is piss poor, it looks uninteresting and boring.

I'm much more interested in buying a wireless flash drive.

miller7796 says:

I'm interested, but have had issues with backups via OTG in the past. I like to backup my entire internal storage on my Nexus 5 and back it up on my computer, but afterward all my notifications/ringtone are screwy. Maybe it's ES File Explorer or just a byproduct of backing up the entire internal storage. But I seem to recall having the same issue on an SGS4 too. Has anybody else experienced this and found a way to fix it?

Randy R1 says:

Using mine. Works great note3

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speculatrix says:

Sony Xperia phones have USB OTG too; my Z Ultra is quite happy using USB keyboards, connecting to my camera etc.

androidatic says:

I have the Meenova and it allows me to use any size micro SD cards. It works on my GS4 and 2012 Nexus 7, both unrooted. Much better option IMO.