Sony

Posted by: DT  :  Category: Brands

Sony flash drives are showcased by the MicroVault series. They’re not just slim on the outside but also on the inside. That’s due to the Virtual Expander – Sony’s compression software that lets you save 3 times as much data. So when you have a 2GB Microvault you can actually turn it into a 6GB (!) flash drive. Who ever said working out doesn’t pay? So let’s step into the gym and check out the various models…

Micro Vault
Micro Vault Turbo
Micro Vault Click
Micro Vault Click Turbo
Micro Vault Tiny
Micro Vault USM-D plus
Micro Vault Elite
Micro Vault Elite Turbo
Micro Vault Fingerprint

Micro Vault (USM-J)

Micro Vault Classic in all Capacities, plus older models in blue, pink & green

Memory Gymnastics: Sony MicroVault Classic (@ black logo)

or (black3)


  • Black chrome body with silver edge
  • Slidable USB connector
  • 256MB (orange indication), 512MB (pink indication), 1GB (blue indication),
  • 2GB (green indication), 4GB (purple indication), 8GB (red indication)
  • Older models have different colored bodies with black edge
  • Similar models are available in Japan as “Pocket Bit”
  • James Bond Casino Royale limited edition also available
  • High Speed USB 2.0
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • ReadyBoost incompatible
  • LED (on slider switch)
  • Strap hole
  • Size: 67mm x 17.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 10g
  • 5 year warranty



Micro Vault Turbo (USM-JX)

Micro Vault Classic Turbo, one with retracted USB connector

Quicker Exercise: Sony MicroVault Classic Turbo (@ logox21)

or (white logo2)


  • Pearl-white chrome body
  • Golden, slidable USB connector
  • 512MB – 4GB (golden indication)
  • Up to 29 MB/s read, up to 23 MB/s write
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • ReadyBoost enhanced
  • LED (on slider switch)
  • Strap hole
  • Size: 67mm x 17.7mm x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 10g
  • 5 year warranty



Micro Vault Click (USM-L)

Micro Vault Click in pink, orange, purple, green & blue

Inner & Outer Expander: Sony MicroVault Click (@ black logo)

or (black3)


  • Click mechanism reveals USB connector
  • (without increasing size)
  • Black plastic body with different colored slides
  • Blue slide (1GB), green slide (2GB), purple slide (4GB),
  • orange slide (8GB), red slide (16GB)
  • Embossing prevents fingerprint marks
  • Similar models are available in Japan as “Pocket Bit”
  • 18 MB/s (read) 5 MB/s (write)
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • ReadyBoost enhanced
  • Prism LED light (illuminates slide)
  • Strap hole
  • Size: 62mm x 17.4mm x 8.4mm
  • Weight: 9g
  • 5 year warranty



Micro Vault Click Turbo (USM-LX)

Micro Vault Click Turbo expanded & in Packaging

Faster Expander: Sony MicroVault Click (@ logox21)

or (white logo2)


  • Click mechanism reveals USB connector
  • (without increasing size)
  • Silver plastic body with brown slide
  • 1 – 8GB
  • Embossing prevents fingerprint marks
  • 31 MB/s (read) 11 MB/s (write)
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • ReadyBoost enhanced
  • Prism LED light (illuminates slide)
  • Strap hole
  • Size: 62mm x 17.4mm x 8.4mm
  • Weight: 9g
  • 5 year warranty



Micro Vault Tiny (USM-H)

Micro Vault Tiny in orange, purple, turquoise, green, blue & red plus Carrying Cases

Carried like a Cell Phone: Sony MicroVault Tiny (@ logox21)

or (white logo2)


  • Capless, transparent plastic body
  • 256MB (orange), 512MB (purple), 1GB (turquoise),
  • 2GB (green), 4GB (blue), 8GB (red)
  • Similar models are available in Japan as “Pocket Bit”
  • 12 MB/s (read) 7 MB/s (write)
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • ReadyBoost enhanced (2-8GB)
  • LED
  • Comes with soft, translucent carrying case
  • (clippable & hookable, matching colors)
  • Size: 32mm x 14.5mm x 2.7mm
  • Weight: 1.5g
  • 5 year warranty



Micro Vault USM-D plus

Micro Vault USM-D plus in all Capacities, one with Packaging

Working in Circles: Sony MicroVault USM-D plus (@ logox21)

or (white logo2)


  • Silver plastic body with cap
  • Different colored, capacity indicating circles
  • 64MB – 2GB
  • 12 MB/s (read) 7 MB/s (write)
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • LED
  • Strap hole (on cap)
  • Size: 55mm x 17mm x 9mm
  • Weight: 8g
  • Warranty



Micro Vault Elite (USM-E plus)

Micro Vault Elite in yellow, blue & purple, with caps lifted

Former Elite: Sony MicroVault Elite (@ black logo)

or (black3)


  • Different colored, transparent plastic body
  • Black cap & casing
  • 128MB – 2GB
  • 12 MB/s (read) 7 MB/s (write)
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • LED (in the porthole)
  • Strap hole
  • Size: 78mm x 20mm x 11mm
  • Weight: 13g
  • Warranty



Micro Vault Elite Turbo (USM-EX Turbo)

Micro Vault Elite Turbo with caps lifted, one with hooked keys

Golden Brown: Sony MicroVault Elite Turbo (@ logox21)

or (white logo2)


  • Brown, transparent plastic body
  • Pearl white cap & casing
  • Golden USB interface
  • 512MB – 2GB
  • 28 MB/s (read) 18 MB/s (write)
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • Strap hole
  • LED (in the porthole)
  • Size: 78mm x 20mm x 11mm
  • Weight: 13g
  • Warranty



Micro Vault Fingerprint (USM-F)

Micro Vault Fingerprint in blue, turquoise & black plus Docking Station

Dock & Cover: Sony MicroVault Fingerprint (@ black logo)

or (black3)


  • Different colored, transparent plastic body
  • Black docking station case
  • 128MB – 512MB
  • Fingerprint recognition
  • Password locking
  • Encryption
  • 28 MB/s (read) 18 MB/s (write)
  • Virtual Expander software
  • (compress files to store up to 3 times more data)
  • Size: 61mm x 20mm x 7mm (drive only)
  • 80mm x 20mm x 13mm (with docking station)
  • Weight: 8.5g (drive only)
  • 10g (with docking station)
  • Warranty


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7 Responses to “Sony”

  1. Andrew Says:

    I have a cool sony flash drive

  2. DT Says:

    Which model is it?

  3. MrWindows Says:

    I have a 4GB and an 8GB USM-H MicroVault Tiny. They are a bit slower, but the thumbnail size is extremely convenient. While the size is perfect for ReadyBoost on your laptop, the speed isn’t. The rubber carrying cases they come with are next to useless. I haven’t used the VirtualExpander software much, as I don’t keep stuff on them for very long. I wish they would bring these back, make them larger, and increase the speed. Instead, I’ve graduated to an HP v115w 16GB.

  4. Bex Says:

    Never heard of these before. So if I got a 4GB one, it’d become 12GB? If I expand the size of them, are they compatible with all devices that support USB? IE, I have a DVD player with a USB slot and DivX support, do you think it would be able to read the 12GB or only see it as 4GB?
    .-= Bex´s last blog post ..Save £350 on Sony VAIO P range =-.

  5. DT Says:

    Bex,
    yes, a 4GB would become a 12GB flash drive (+/-). Im not sure if the compressed files would be compatible with non-computer USB devices, probably not. I dont think they’re accessible that way, they first need to be decompressed again which happens automatically with the computer. Here’s more information on the Expander software: Virtual Expander

  6. Bex Says:

    Hey DT, didn’t see your reply till just now. Yeah that makes sense. Ah well, can’t be perfect :p lol. It is still very awesome though. Have just got a netbook for me and my partner to share. Is 250GB so more than enough but, will probably be some stuff we both want to transfer via USB on occasion and I think this’d be better than just getting a 4GB stick.
    .-= Bex´s last blog post ..Share My Connection Coming to Vaio Y and Z Series =-.

  7. Admin @ Microphone Cables Says:

    Sony always makes such sleek and beautiful designs, as well as efficient too. I never knew Sony even made flash drives haha, will have to get my hands on some. :)

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