Toshiba's new USB flash drives are all U3 compatible, letting you run applications directly from them. This would
mean an end to installing Anti-Virus systems from a USB Pen Drive as quickly as you could while racing against a virus. I've had this problem before while trying to cleanse a PC of the Blaster worm a couple of years back. The flash drive which really cought my eye, was a limited edition U3 drive. The price of the drive is currently unkown, but it comes in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB versions aswell. Toshiba is new to the U3 market, and it will be interesting to see how their products fare against the likes of SanDisk. U3 devices give you the option of running programs from the device itself, but only when connected to a Windows 2k or XP machine. 'This makes it possible to carry your own settings for email, internet and other software with you on the go. U3 devices automatically delete any data they have created PC in quetsion when they are removed using Microsoft's 'Safe Removal of USB Hardware' program. This makes web surfing at an internet café ideal, because your drive will delete your preferences and passwords for you. A 16GB flash drive sounds unbelievable, but many drives even larger than this are already in existence. A 64GB drive was displayed in April this year by Kangaru in America, costing £1,600.