Flash Drives 32 or 64 bit?


  1. Cim
    Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (1909)
       #1

    Flash Drives 32 or 64 bit?


    I want to purchase a 128G Flash Drive. I didn't realize they come in 32-bit and 64-bit. I don't know the difference or if it even matters. I have 4 64-bit laptops with Window 10 Home. I may install a Linux distro in the future. Does it matter which Flash Drive I get now. Any help is much appreciated.

    Sorry for what may be a simple silly question, but I haven't used Flash Drives all that much. Before I spend money on them, I'd like to know which would be best to get.

    Thanks,
    Cim
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  2. Posts : 522
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #2

    Flash drives don't come in bit variations. Their sizes are specified in storage space.
    What makes you believe they are either 32 or 64 bit?
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  3. Posts : 2,278
    Windows 10
       #3

    There is no such thing as 32 bit or 64 bit USB Flash Drives.
    The relevant factors are:
    1) Reputable supplier.
    2) The appropriate connector normally that would be USB 3.0 (Type-A blue), or Type-C.
    3) Capacity e.g. 128 GB is your choice.
    4) Speed. The speed indicated on the packaging is never actually realised. In real use they are slower, particularly the writing speed. Higher speed ones also cost more.
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  4. Cim
    Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks so much Helmut. I really appreciate your information. Shows how much I know about them - (not much) : ) I'll take your info when I go to the store. That should help me pick the best one for the price. Thanks again.
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  5. Posts : 3,643
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #5

    You might be thinking of capacity.. there are 32GB and 64GB sized Flash Drives.
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  6. Cim
    Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #6

    spunk said:
    You might be thinking of capacity.. there are 32GB and 64GB sized Flash Drives.
    Perhaps, my dad actually brought up question and I didn't know if there were 32-bit or 64-bit or not. I'd never heard of Flash Drives being like that. I think he got confused with the capacity. I'll go with him next trip and see for myself. Thanks for your help, spunk. Cheers, Cim
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  7. Posts : 12,421
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #7

    There are USB Thumb/Flash drives in sizes of multiples of 4 [4, 8, 16, etc.] and usually are formatted as FAT32 so as to be usable on any computer, at least up to 64GB, haven't had my hands on a 128GB version yet. Same for the SDHC cards and maybe Micro SDXC cards. Windows has a limit of 32GB for partitioning/formatting as FAT32 but there's other ways to get higher capacities such as with GPARTED and Linux with GPARTED included, I have a 500GB HDD formatted as FAT32 for an occasion needing to move data from an older Macintosh to Windows.
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  8. Cim
    Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Berton said:
    There are USB Thumb/Flash drives in multiples of 4 and usually are formatted as FAT32 so as to be usable on any computer, at least up to 64GB, haven't had my hands on a 128GB version yet. Same for the SDHC cards and maybe Micro SDXC cards. Windows has a limit of 32GB for partitioning/formatting as FAT32 but there's other ways to get higher capacities such as with GPARTED and Linux with GPARTED included, I have a 500GB HDD formatted as FAT32 for an occasion needing to move data from an older Macintosh to Windows.
    That brings up a good point for me - 64GB might be the easiest for me to deal with. Thanks for your help, Berton. I'll add that to my list of things to consider.
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  9. Posts : 12,421
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #9

    You're welcome, Cim.

    Berton
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