Best USB 3 Portable Drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Velin, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Recently got a retina Macbook Pro, great machine.

    According to the specs the USB ports are 3s and "up to 5 Gbps." Anyone do any research, or can definitively say, which portable USB 3 flash drive is the best, where "best" means fastest read/write times for transferring data?

    Also, I can't imagine that 5 Gbps Apple touts for the MBPro port is for a portable flash drive, that seems impossibly fast for a puny storage device powered via the port.

    Anyway, looking for the best/fastest USB 3 portable flash, price irrelevant. Thank you.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The 5 Gbit/s is theoretical, I don't think there's too many devices that can take advantage of it
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I used one of these comparison reviews when deciding on a USB 3 flash drive.
    I got the Data Traveler Ultimate G3 model from this selection, as it offered good USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 speeds, enough to copy at HDD speeds via USB 3.0 and enough to almost saturate the USB 2.0 bus.

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