High capacity memory stick recommendations!!

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  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    Hi

    I'm looking for a high (ish) capacity USB stick. By this I mean 512gb to 1tb. This so I can carry a large amornt of files with me without having to carry a whole external hard drive. It should have decent transfer rates.

    And hopefully not be too expensive. :)

    I've seen a few on Amazon / Ebay, and bought ( and returned them! ) two.

    The problem with them was the excruciatingly slow copy/read rates. IE 68gb data to take a day to copy!!!!

    What represents a decent transfer rate?

    Any and all recommendations gratefully received

    cheers :) :)
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I think you'd do much better with a small USB3 self-contained SSD drive.

    Something like this?
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZTRY532?tag=delt-20

    There are others, as well.

    Many, MANY times faster.
    Of course, there will be a short cable to plug in, but you have to "plug in" a flash drive anyway...
     
  3. Macgyver1 macrumors member

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    Are your ports 2.0 or 3.0(Large speed difference)? If 3.0, there's a lot of speedy options. Recommend you format them yourself to Mac extended journaled if that's applicable to you.

    I tend to stay mainstream with flash drives myself(Sandisk, Lexar, Kingston), never had an issue as you describe. Of course there may be underlying conditions as well.

    Best
     
  4. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    they are standard USB drives ( USB 2? ) going via Apple adapter to USB-C ( Thunderbolt 3 )
     
  5. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    I appreciate the feedback - but still hoping someone can recommend a good, fast, high capacity USB memory stick
     
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  7. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    Either will be fine
     
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  9. bartvk, Jan 13, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2017

    bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Have you had one of these Samsung SSDs in your hand? If not, I recommend you do. I think you'll change your mind about wanting a "standard" USB stick.

    At first I thought, "meh, a big SSD drive". But then a colleague of mine showed me his. And in actuality, it's very small and very flat. Do you know those creditcard holders which take 5-6 cards? About the same size.
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    If you do prefer a stick, here's what's available around $200. Note, I don't have experience with any of them. These are simply the current biggest sticks, which is 512 GB.

    https://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-HyperX-512GB-HXS3/dp/B01A8I92Q6
    https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Flash-Voyager-512GB-Drive/dp/B00S89FF78
    https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Flash-Voyager-Slider-512GB/dp/B01F3Z65RI
    https://www.amazon.com/Patriot-512GB-Supersonic-Magnum-PEF512GSMN2USB/dp/B01A6YDZ3I
    https://www.amazon.com/Patriot-512GB-Supersonic-Flash-PEF512GSMGUSB/dp/B01AAIJ0XE

    There's stuff coming up in the 1 and 2TB range, from Kingston:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/11005...ltimate-gt-usb-flash-drive-with-2-tb-capacity

    Perhaps not necessary to mention this, but have you thought about how you're going to back up the data that's on the USB stick?
     

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