USB 3.0 Flash drive vs USB 3.0 SSD.

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  1. Koodauw macrumors 68040

    Koodauw

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    Can someone help me out. I am looking for a fast way to transfer some pictures and other large files from computer to computer. Would be somewhere in the range of 20Gb-60Gb.

    Would a USB 3.0 flash drive be any different than a usb 3.0 SSD? A flash drive can be had for much cheaper, so would there be any reason to go with a USB 3.0 SSD? Perhaps read/write speed? Lets assume were comparing a 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive and 128GB USB 3.0 External SSD.

    Your input is appreciated.
     
  2. matreya macrumors 65816

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    USB sticks use slower and cheaper memory than SSDs do. A USB3/Thunderbolt attached SSD would be enormously faster than a USB stick.
     
  3. Nemic macrumors member

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    An SSD will be far far faster than a USB flash drive.

    However if you are only planning on doing the file transfer one time, or perhaps infrequently; then the flash drive will cost a lot less money.

    An SSD will cost you more money, but if transferring large amounts of data fairly frequently; then the time saving may be deemed worth the extra cost.

    In your question you state wanting "fast", so go for the SSD.
     
  4. Koodauw thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you for the help everyone. Much appreciated.
     
  5. danielwsmithee macrumors 6502a

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  6. Koodauw thread starter macrumors 68040

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    thank you for posting this, looks like its also the same price as a SSD!
     
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