Best USB Thumb Drive?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 29, 2005
I am looking into getting a USB 2.0 thumb drive that works great with Mac OS and Windows.

What are some of the better ones on the market for speed & too? Price isn't that much of a concern (they are all fairly cheap)



Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
Gone but not forgotten.
I'm kinda interested in a 5 GB hard drive thumb drive made by a subsidiary of Samsung. It's available for about $150 from BJ's Wholesale Club. It's a little bigger but I think most of them are too easily lost anyway.


macrumors 6502
Jul 26, 2005
I have 2 Lexar Sport JumpDrives; they have been running well for > 1 year.
No problems thus far (knock on wood).
Also, as an added bonus, they have this plastic body protector around it in case you drop it (or someone else does, as in the case of a friend of mine whose daughter hucked a different jumpdrive off of a balcony, destroying it).

elfin buddy

macrumors 6502a
Sep 16, 2001
Tuttlingen, Germany

I'm very impressed with my 512MB SanDisk Cruzer Micro. It's very small, has a simple construction (a metal enclosure encased in a thin layer of clear plastic), and matches my powerbook nicely. I haven't been rough to it, so I can't attest to it's real-life durability, but it's been working perfectly for me so far. My one qualm is that I'd like to format it as an HFS+ volume, but I need to use it with Windows machines too and Windows doesn't recognise HFS+ (says it's an unformatted drive and offers to format it as MS-DOS). But that's hardly SanDisk's fault...

That's sort of what it's like, except mine predates the whole 'skin' idea. I don't like skins anyway...make it look cheap.

Whatever you choose to buy, I highly do not recommend buying a drive that has a lanyard attachment on the cap itself. You want one where the lanyard attaches directly to the drive. I've seen people lose flash drives by buying the former type and hanging them around their necks. There was one guy who carried his final thesis around his neck on a flash drive, and it fell off. This was the only copy he had (not a smart thing either way you look at it), and he was lucky that I was the one who picked it up. He also had no ownership file on it to help an honest finder return it, so I had to scan the documents within for names. Not cool!

Buying a flash drive was one of the most fulfilling and ultimately satisfying purchases I've ever made!


macrumors 6502a
Apr 29, 2005
For the last year or so I've been using an Attaché 128MB drive to just jet smaller files around. So far its worked without a hitch on any OS I have tried. They come in a variety of sizes up to a gig or two I believe, and are pretty non pricey (which is why I think they show up in movies alot including Collateral, and the TV show Alias, I know there are at least two or three more I can't think of off the top of my head). It comes with one of those lanyards and a protective case, though no password type software.

Dr. Dastardly

macrumors 65816
Jun 26, 2004
I live in a giant bucket!
My fiance bought me a Swiss Memory USB for my birthday one year. One of the most useful gifts that I have ever received. I have it with me about 99% of the time because its hooks onto my keys. Really comes in handy when in need to backup a small file on the fly (useful for my work), and when your stuck without a pen. :cool:
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