Seeking Flash Drive Recommendations

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  1. emcee2's Avatar
    Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       #1

    Seeking Flash Drive Recommendations


    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
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  2. Megahertz's Avatar
    Posts : 3,095
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #2

    Most USB drives are slow.
    They may have a fast USB 3.x communication device but the flash memory is the bottle neck.
    Real fast USB drives are expensive. How much you want to spend for a 32G USB drive?

    This is fast TCELL 4K Fire 128GB USB 3.2 Flash Drive 400MB/s

    Best USB flash drives in 2021: Top USB memory sticks | Tom's Guide
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  3. Ghot's Avatar
    Posts : 13,055
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1288 (x64) [21H2]
       #3

    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


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  4. Posts : 413
    Windows 10
       #4

    You get what you pay for. UFDs are "slow" because they´re inexpensive. They´re inexpensive because they don´t a have a sophisticated controller, as SSDs do.

    A fast UFD is a NVMe SSD put in a small enclosure.
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  5. Posts : 1,591
    Windows 10 Home
       #5

    Whatever you buy, buy twins. Sometimes one of two will suddenly fail during input or output and the other one works just fine. For critical non-backed-up stuff - I often use twin USB flash devices.
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    I don't mind the speed too much but then I'm from back in the floppy disk days, talk about slow. Then there's the work I do with clients and on-site time.
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  7. SoFine409's Avatar
    Posts : 1,411
    Win10 Pro
       #7

    Berton said:
    I don't mind the speed too much but then I'm from back in the floppy disk days, talk about slow. Then there's the work I do with clients and on-site time.
    Remember how some software came with a stack of 3.5 inch disks.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 11,761
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    SoFine409 said:
    Remember how some software came with a stack of 3.5 inch disks.
    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.
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  9. SIW2's Avatar
    Posts : 2,183
    trying to install win10
       #9

    The samsungs look fine. Cheaper to get them direct from samsung store

    MUF-64AB/EU FIT Plus 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive | Samsung UK
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  10. Melchior's Avatar
    Posts : 437
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)(v21H1)(Build 19043.1288)
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    Ghot 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...

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