Recommend a USB 3.0 thumb drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by imacericg, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. imacericg macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    That drive states to have 45 MB/s write and 20 MB/s read speeds. USB 2.0 offers up to 37 MB/s read and write speeds, but with most cheap USB flash memory drives, the flash memory is the cheap part and does not offer more than 20 MB/s write or read speeds, often only 5 to 10 MB/s.

    As for a good USB 3.0 flash memory drive, it should at least offer 50 to 100 MB/s read AND write speeds to take advantage of the USB 3.0 connection on your MacBook Air. But then again, those might be quite expensive, more expensive than small 2.5" S-ATA HDDs in a USB 3.0 enclosure offering 75+ MB/s write and read speeds, if all you do is transfer data between iMac and MacBook Air.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Here is a test of USB 3.0 thumb drives on 2012 Macbooks. The Lexar and Patriot models in this test are good as well as the Kingston MTShipp linked.

    The Lexar you linked looks like a lower end model with pretty slow speeds.
  4. freeskier989 macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2007
    I got the Sandisk Extreme 64gb usb 3.0 and it gets like 180 read/write speeds...basically the fastest 3.0 flash drive around. But it will cost more than others...$100 online or $140 at Staples.
  5. imacericg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Thanks! I am scrapping the scan disk.

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