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Micro Vault Virtual Expander*1 is Sony's unique file compression software. It is pre-installed on the device for ease of use. Micro Vault Virtual Expander will compress your data to virtually store about 3 times*2 as much data!

*1 Micro Vault Virtual Expander is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP(SP1 and higher) and Windows 2000(SP3 and higher).
Administrator rights are required. This application only operates with Micro Vaults on which it was pre-installed at the time of purchase.

Depend on file types and contents. "3 times" is an average based on actual tests performed by Sony on a sample of 14 files of various types and Canterbury Corpus method.

How to Use Flash Demo

Direct connectable to USB port. Compact size, fitting on any USB port location !

Clip on your notebook, memo pad at your office use. Translucent colors match with each capacity of Micro Vault Tiny.

* Clipping at some thick pockets such as on trousers may make clip strength affected for frequent use.

With some computer and operating system combinations, the USB 2.0 interface may not be supported. In such a case, use the USB 1.1 interface.

It is easy -- the device can be recognized automatically when you connect it to a USB port, which is equipped with most PCs. Power will be supplied through USB port, so you do not need an AC adaptor.

How to Use








Media capacity chart for Digital contents


Interface Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)*1Compatible
Port type Type A USB port / USB1.1 port
Power supply USB bus power
(no external power supply)
• Computers equipped type A USB port and Windows OS
• Macintosh equipped type A USB port
Compatible OSs*2 Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate / Starter, Windows XP Professional / Home Edition, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me
Mac OS 9.0x, 9.1x, 9.2x
Mac OS 10.1-10.5.x
(Mac OS 10.0x is not supported)
Windows ReadyBoost Compatible (except USM1GH)
Virtual Expander
(Sony's unique file compression software)
(Virtual Expander)
Compatible OS
Windows Vista,
Windows XP(SP1 or later),
Windows 2000(SP3 or later)
Capacity*3 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB
Operating temperature
0 to 35°C ( 32 to 95°F )
Operating humidity
10 to 90% (with no condensation)
Storage temperature
-20 to 60°C (-4 to 140°F)
Storage humidity range 10 to 90% (with no condensation)
External Dimensions Approximately
14.5 x 2.7 x 32mm
Weight Approximately 1.5g
Accessories Operating Instructions, Warranty Card, Label Seal, Carrying Case

To use Micro Vault Tiny in USB 2.0 high-speed mode, you need to connect the device to a computer with USB 2.0 interface, USB 2.0 card or board. Some computers or operating systems do not support USB2.0. In that case, please connect to USB1.1 interface.

*2 Windows Vista Compatibility Chart

Micro Vault media contains a system management area. Actual usable capacity is less than the amount shown on the device. Capacity is based on 1GB = 1 billion bytes.


For safe use, be sure to read the Operating Instructions carefully before using the device.

* Only compatible with operating systems specified.
* When using the Micro Vault with the non-PC devices, please check the host device manuals for compatibility before use.
  Sony and Micro Vault Tiny are trademarks of SONY Corporation.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and ReadyBoost are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation, in the United States and 1 or other countries.
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Other system names and product names that appear in this web site are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

Operating Systems Compatibility

(USB Flash Drive)
Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate / Starter
Windows XP Professional / Home Edition *1
Windows 2000 Professional *2
Windows Me -
Mac OS 9.0x, 9.1x, 9.2x -
Mac OS 10.1-10.5.x
(USB Flash Drive)

Software Software Micro Vault Tiny Virtual Expander can be used.
*1 SP1 or later
*2 SP3 or later
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.


Keep away from children. If swallowed, promptly see a doctor.
When using Micro Vault Tiny for the first time, the device driver is automatically installed.
During installation, it is recommended to disconnect any other accessories or hubs from the computer, and quit running applications. If the Micro Vault is not recognized, the installation of the driver may not have been completed successfully.
Please note that some computers do not start up and recover from sleep mode. This is due to the BIOS settings.
Please handle the Micro Vault with care when plugging in or out of the USB port in order to avoid any damages to the USB connector and to ensure a successful recognition of the device. If the device recognition fails after several attempts, please contact our customer service center near you.
Sony Micro Vault Tiny is formatted with an exclusive software to best perform the High-Speed USB's high transfer rate. If formatted using any other software, it is possible that the performance deteriorates or that a data error happens depending on the computers or on the OS. Should any of such conditions happen, it is highly recommended to download and format the device again using 'Sony Micro Vault Format Software' . (Be sure to backup your files before re-formatting)

Please remove the Micro Vault Tiny from the computer before starting up/re-starting/recoverig from sleep mode. Otherwise it may not function properly.

Please keep the Micro Vault away from the electronic devices such TVs and radios when in use to avoid interference.

Please clean the surface with a soft and dry cloth. Do not use or apply harsh material or chemicals when cleaning.

Do not touch the connectors with your fingers, metallic objects, etc.

It is highly recommended to backup files stored in the Micro Vault Tiny periodically.
Precautions for Transfer and Disposal
If data stored on the Micro Vault Tiny is deleted or reformatted using the standard methods, the data only appears to be removed on a superficial level, and it may be possible for someone to retrieve and reuse the data by means of special software.
To avoid information leaks and other problems of this sort, it is recommended that you use commercially available software designed to completely remove all data from the Micro Vault Tiny.
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