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  1. Ghot's Avatar
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       #11

    emcee2 said:
    32GB, USB 3.0 (or higher), USB 2.0 (backwards compatible), Fast read speed, Decent write speed. ~$10us or ???

    The complaints on Amazon are the same for every drive... Slow. Starts fast and becomes slow. Stops transfers for long periods of time. Unusable for making large transfers all at once. Write speeds too slow to use. Lost data...

    Some reviews love each drive and someone hates on every single one, and not just in the normal hit and miss of Amazon reviews.

    Do you have any experience with a 'good' flash drive? Please share opinions and speeds.

    To tell the truth, I think all of the ones I've ever had were hand-me-downs. Never put large files on them. I don't think I've even owed one more than 4gb, or 8 at the most. Don't remember them getting hot, put who knows if they did or not.


    Thanks, emcee2
    Melchior said:
    hey Ghot,
    I purchased the 64GB version of that one back in June reformatted it as NTFS file system and it has been running great for me...
    33MB/s fast enough for me... as I only have USB 3.0/2.0 ports on my case..
    my motherboard I think has a USB 3.1 header but could not use it...

    Amazon.com - Samsung-BAR-Plus-32GB-Champagne


    There's much faster flash drives... but the price and size...

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...1?ie=UTF8&th=1

    Fast little USB thumb drive.
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  2. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 11 X64 Pro 21H2 22000.100
       #12

    I wonder about these: USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB Flash Drives | Newegg.com

    I own none of them. They seem to be mostly quite new.
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  3. cereberus's Avatar
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    Windows10
       #13

    San Cruzer Extreme are fast and reliable.
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  4. RickC's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #14

    Do you have any experience with a 'good' flash drive? Please share opinions and speeds.
    Why not have a look at the speed results for 32GB USB Flash Disks on the NirSoft website?
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  5. Posts : 343
    Ghost Spectre Win 10 64 Bit Pro V 20H2 Build 19042.985
       #15

    I have sandisk ultra 128gb and glide 256gb usb 3.0 flash drives, fast, reliable and affordable. But slow with
    multible un compress files.
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  6. hdmi's Avatar
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    11 Home
       #16

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  7. Fabler2's Avatar
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    Windows 10 preview 64-bit Home
       #17

    Just an alternative perhaps, Crucial MX500 500 GB CT500MX500SSD1-Up to 560 MB/s (3D NAND, SATA, 2.5 Inch, Internal SSD) @ £45 and a long lead USB 3.1 to SATA adapter cable for around £12. Con is it's bigger but still portable, pro is everything else.
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  8. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H1
       #18

    Berton said:
    I still have a full set of MS-DOS 6 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11, haven't counted them in awhile but probably about 15. But I also have a Toshiba Tecra Notebook that works.
    You could fits all that on one flash drive with room to spare.
    DOS 6.22 | 3 x 1.44 MB floppies | Size 4.04 MB
    DOS Supplement | 2 x 720 KB floppies | Size 864 KB
    Windows for Workgroups 3.11 | 8 x 1.44 MB floppies | Size 11.7 MB

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    Sandisk Ultra 128GB flash drive (USB 3.0)
    Tested on laptop's USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports

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    Seagate Expansion+ 2.5-in 1TB hard drive (SATA/USB 3.0)
    Tested on laptop's USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports

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    Micron 1100 256GB SSD M.2 SATA mounted in StarTech (M.2 SATA/USB-C 3.1) enclosure
    Tested on laptop's USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 ports.

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    Intel 660P 2TB SSD M.2 NVME mounted in Plugable (M.2 NVME/USB-C 3.1) enclosure
    Tested on laptop's USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 ports.

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  9. EdTittel's Avatar
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       #19

    You can buy a PNY Elite-X 64 GB drive right now for US$10.99 at Amazon. It offers better USB flash drive speeds shown above in CrystalDiskMark on my aging i7-6700 desktop PC. Plenty of deals out there. The 128 GB version is a mere US$19.99.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  10. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H1
       #20

    bobkn said:
    I wonder about these: USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB Flash Drives | Newegg.com
    I own none of them. They seem to be mostly quite new.
    From Sandisk website

    SanDisk Extreme Go USB Drive
    64 GB | 128 GB | 256 GB
    USB 3.2 Gen 1

    SanDisk Extreme Go USB 3.1 Flash Drive
    64 GB | 128 GB
    USB 3.1 Gen 1

    From Wikipedia:
    USB 3.0 = USB 3.1 Gen 1 = USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 = 5 Gbit/s
    USB 3.1 = USB 3.1 Gen 2 = USB 3.2 Gen 2◊1 = 10 Gbit/s

    If you read the specs the new SanDisk Extreme Go USB Drives are the same speed as the old ones. Both of these drives are actually just USB 3.0 drives. That is because USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1, and USB 3.2 Gen 1 are just different names for the same thing. You have to carefully read the specs to know what you are getting and not just go by the marketing hype.

    Another confusing thing is USB ports on your computer. Both my desktop and laptop have USB-A and USB-C ports. I need to sort out whether they are 5 Gbps or 10 Gbps.

    The reason I bring this up is because the USB port speed makes a difference when you connect fast flash drives and SSDs.
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