The Colorful, Fast, Personalized Companion USB Flash Drive, Now Up To 40% Off

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Submitted by John T. Haller on April 19, 2013 - 6:06am Companion is happy to announce new lower prices for the The® Companion™. Now, the fast, customized flash drive is available for up to 40% off last year's prices. The cost of the components has gone down, so we're passing the savings on to you! We've partnered with CustomUSB, a world leader in custom flash drive manufacturing, to produce the type of flash drive we've always wanted for ourselves. It's durable. Incredibly fast. Personalized with your name (or anything else you'd like). Affordable. And backed by a lifetime warranty. The Companion is a customizable USB 3.0 drive available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes, and in 4 colors, starting at under $30. And the 32GB drive is now under $60. It comes with the Platform pre-installed so you can take your favorite software with you. Laser-etching of your name, URL or phrase is included in the price. And there's a hassle-free 30-day return policy. The Companion is available at

Drive Details

  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Interface with full USB 2.0 compatibility
    • USB 3.0: up to 85 MB/s read and 44 MB/s write
    • USB 2.0: up to 37 MB/s read and 28 MB/s write
    • 5x better portable app performance on USB 2.0 than most retail USB 2.0 drives
  • to carry your favorite software
    • Carry your web browser and bookmarks
    • Carry your whole music collection
    • Carry your whole office suite
    • Make every computer your own!
  • Durable high-impact aluminum case with a classy blue activity light
  • Laser-etched with your name, quote or URL at no extra cost
  • Choice of 4 great-looking colors: black, red, blue or gray
  • Packaged in an attractive custom tin, making it a great gift for the holidays
  • Lifetime warranty as well as a 30-day postage-paid return policy
  • Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes starting at under $30!

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Our long-time users know the original black version was a long time coming. And these new colors make a great drive even better. We know you're going to love it. It makes a great everyday drive and a perfect gift. Best of all, some of the revenue helps support in our mission to change the world of software. We carry ours every day! Learn more and buy now at

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Unfortunately, I already have a good flash drive, and USB 3.0 support is rare still. None of my PCs or campus computers have it. Have used PortableApps since high school when in 10th grade I began running Firefox from my Flash Drive to avoid using ie7 and ie8. Helped me a great deal with my work. And the admins were happy too. They had no problem with me running Firefox, as it was completely portable. It respected filtering, and even WOT and Google Safebrowsing added to that security. Everyone wanted to use my Firefox to get on Facebook. I used Firefox for HTML5 compliance. I could not use even basic Google Search or Gmail or Drive with ie7. Thanks to Portable Apps, I was editing documents in the cloud years before it became popular. On a regular basis! Students and teachers thought I was running a virus that was Communist open source software. XD Felt like a rebel with it. They never blocked it. They blocked Chrome, so I ran SRWare iron and Firefox (mostly Firefox). It had up to date Flash, so nobody else could even watch a video for the assignments (school was on Flash 9 or 10) while I was on 11.2! Thank you for taking my work into the future. Thankfully, our IT guy was friendly to me. I was told by some of my teachers to close Firefox, so I gave it a complete ie7 theme. They couldn't tell. Little did they know I was just using PortableApps to increase productivity. I have donated in the past and plan to again. But no flash drives from here for me, until my next upgrade. But these are appealing offers for those who need a new Flash drive and wish to get acquainted with PortableApps. And by the way, when all was quiet before graduation, I was running Chromium BSU and FreeCiv, which amazed students and teachers alike. I felt special. I used it to combat a virus some teacher had managed to get on his laptop. Unfortunately, the payload was delievered by said virus and reformatting was required. Plus I didn't have administrative privileges. Nobody knew what a Portable App was back in 2008 or 2009 in school. Only the geeks had them. I was already learning Linux. XD Thank you open source, thank you Mozilla, and thank you Portable Apps!

When you're ready to commission the next batch, could you make some with a write protect switch?
This is very useful when going from one client to the next as you can be sure that you don't pick up anything nasty from the client's site.
Although some apps do require full read/write access, many do not.

Indeed, there are very few devices with a physical write-protect switch.

Given the features of some trouble-shooting applications like anti-virus etc then it seems somewhat contradictory the ease at which the device could be written to.

I welcome that suggestion, or would at least appreciate a recommendation for a recent and readily available alternative.

If at first you do not succeed, use more sticky tape.

John T. Haller's picture

This would be highly unlikely. None of the parts we use provide this ability any longer nor do any of the standard cases for USB drives. There's simply not enough demand for read-only. In addition, we no longer test or officially support running our apps from read-only media. We left the feature enabled, but it may or may not work as it has many of the apps have had multiple versions released since it was last tested.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

After using this flash drive only a few times... it's dead. On both Windows 7 and 8 I get a message to "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk" followed by whatever drive letter is assigned to the flash drive. It hold 0 bytes, can not be formatted or checked, and is useless. I can't find any help on this on Google, or maybe I'm searching on the wrong terms, but nothing I've tried has helped.

Any ideas on how I get this replaced or my money refunded?

Ken Herbert's picture

but your drive is covered by a lifetime warranty so all is not lost.

Please check out the details here for info on how to claim on the warranty.

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