Fastest *writing* USB thumb drives?

bigwig

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Sep 15, 2005
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I see plenty of reviews regarding "fast" thumb drives, but they're all oriented towards fast reading speed. Since I use my thumb drives for backup, read speeds aren't too important, I rarely need to read from one. Write speeds, on the other hand, are very important. Waiting is bad. So who has blazing *write* speeds for their thumb drives?
 

thejadedmonkey

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May 28, 2005
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If you format your thumb drive as HFS+, OS X will write to it MUCH faster than it will write to it if it's formatted as FAT32. Unfortunately you won't be able to read it on a PC, but Apple's implamentation of writing to FAT32 sucks so much, it's a trade off I do, and I have 2 PC's and a single mac.
 

lOUDsCREAMEr

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Mar 30, 2006
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Mac OSX USB speed sucks if the drive/disk is formatted in fat32 instead of HFS+. Save your $$$, you won't get any faster with a "faster" thumbdrive. Blame Apple :apple:.
 

bigwig

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Why is everybody assuming I'm using FAT32? I am in fact using HFSX, but my SanDisk Cruzer is still a dog at writes.
 

bigwig

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i cant believe that its so hard to google?
I did use Google, or didn't you read the first sentence of my post? The review you cite didn't show up. Plus, the OCZ throttle isn't even being sold anymore as far as I can tell, probably because most people don't care about speed, they care about capacity.
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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I did use Google, or didn't you read the first sentence of my post? The review you cite didn't show up. Plus, the OCZ throttle isn't even being sold anymore as far as I can tell, probably because most people don't care about speed, they care about capacity.
the next best option would bethe sandisk micro then.

to be more specific - are you after faster read or write speeds, and will you be copying large amounts of data or smaller files?
 

bigwig

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to be more specific - are you after faster read or write speeds, and will you be copying large amounts of data or smaller files?
Faster write, mostly small files (if 2-300k Pages and Numbers documents are considered small these days).
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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Faster write, mostly small files (if 2-300k Pages and Numbers documents are considered small these days).
ive been unable to find any 256K writes/reads benchmarks but from the previous links the Transcend Jetflash and Kingston DataTraveller seem pretty darn good! better then the SanDisk anyway..
 
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