Resolved World's smallest and fastest USB 3 sticks!

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  1. inselstudent, Oct 29, 2013
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    inselstudent macrumors 6502a

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    UPDATE: Don't buy

    Alright, I recently received the USB stick nearly one month after purchase. Back then, the site had stated a 15 days delay until shipping.

    The stick was indeed quite speedy, with read speeds of up to 146MB/s, write speeds were at 20-30 MB/s (which, however, doesn't come close to the advertised 140MB/s read and write speeds if you ask me).

    After a mere 3 days of use, though, the stick stopped working. Repairing via Disk Utility and Terminal commands did not work. Erasing didn't work, restoring didn't work.

    So, all this caused me nothing but trouble. First the long wait until the article had even been shipped and during the past 2 weeks I also wrote them 2 emails enquiring about the shipping status which were replied to with 2-3 days delay.

    Now it's defective and I have to go to the trouble of returning it (I'll likely have to pay the return costs) and getting my money back. All in all I can't really recommend the site nor their products.

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    Hi, couple months ago I bought a used 2012 MBA 11" from eBay for as little as 650 euros (probably bc it has an American keyboard and I live in Germany, but the keyboard comes in handy for me as a computer science student anyway :)).

    It's got the ram upgrade to 8GB, but unfortunately only a 64GB SSD.

    Well, today I was once again searching the web for ways to add storage to my laptop, and came across this article (coincidentally from only two weeks ago):

    http://gizmodo.com/youll-barely-notice-the-worlds-smallest-usb-3-0-flash-1446986913



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    http://pkparis.surinternet.com/epages/box23967.mobile/sece726aee3c1/?ObjectPath=/Shops/box23967


    It's kinda the USB aequivalent to the nifty mini drive, though it's a lot faster (but obviously it sticks out a few millimeters.

    According to the manufacturer, read and write speeds are up to 140 MB/s.

    Prices are £30/55 for the 32GB and 64GB stick, respectively. Add £5 for Europe-wide shipping.

    Anyway, just wanted to send this out to all 11" MBA owners unhappy with their purchase.

    (Another alternative would of course have been to exchange the internal SSD, but prices here even for used ones (and not those by OWC) are currently more than 150 euros, and exchanging it voids your warranty.)
     
  2. cerberusss, Oct 30, 2013
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    Looks really nice... I've been compiling a little list, to see what's for sale in this regard, and I got the following:
    • Sandisk Cruzer Fit, currently max. 32 G
    • Kingston DataTraveler Micro, maximum 64 GB
    • Patriot Autobahn currently also 32 GB
    • Verbatim Store 'n' Stay, maximum 32 GB

    It's pretty surprising this model goes to 64 gigs and is USB3, only the above-mentioned Kingston has 64 gigs and it's only USB2, and from the Amazon pictures it looks bigger than the one you mention.
     
  3. inselstudent thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure the Kingston has USB 3? All I can find on Amazon is the model with USB 2.
     
  4. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    It was a typo, fixed it, thanks.
     
  5. inselstudent, Oct 30, 2013
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    Ah, thanks.

    I've ordered the 64GB version btw, unfortunately shipping of that one is currently delayed and will take about 14 days.

    Regarding your previous post, that's exactly why I was so thrilled when I read about that apparently quite new USB stick. But technology had to get there sooner or later, right? But there don't seem to be many Interested on here :p
     
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  8. DragonJade macrumors 6502

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    Would love to see some speed test results when you get your stick. :)
     
  9. inselstudent thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea sure, I will revive this thread once it's arrived
     
  10. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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  11. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Just hope it's 140 MB/s and not 140 Mb/s.
     
  12. NewbieCanada, Oct 30, 2013
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    NM, thought you were talking about the pkParis drive.
     
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    For some reason I find the idea of there being 12-month financing available for a USB 3.0 flash drive much more amusing than I probably should.
     
  15. DragonJade, Oct 30, 2013
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    You're right. I couldn't find it either. I did find some benchmarks for the 32GB version. Nothing to write home about:

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    CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
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    Sequential Read : 22.117 MB/s
    Sequential Write : 3.843 MB/s
    Random Read 512KB : 21.909 MB/s
    Random Write 512KB : 1.392 MB/s
    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 3.863 MB/s [ 943.0 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.439 MB/s [ 107.1 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 3.751 MB/s [ 915.9 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.460 MB/s [ 112.4 IOPS]

    Test : 100 MB [J: 74.3% (22.1/29.8 GB)] (x3)
    Date : 2012/10/15 14:12:44
    OS : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00812F7...SIN=B00812F7O8&linkCode=asn&me=A1N7OKI5YLNGJC

    The 1GB memory stick I bought in 2005 is faster than this.
     
  16. Knara macrumors member

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    Should be enough performance to make it worth getting to keep my iTunes or Dropbox folders off the main drive on a 128Gb SSD.
     
  17. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! Learned something new today. That thing looks awesome.
     
  18. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    ScanDisk Cruzer Fit is extremely slow. I had a 16GB one and it was a nightmare. Took almost 6 hours to copy 16GB of movies onto it. After about a week, I got rid of it and got the Patriot Autobahn 32GB. Its not the fastest, but it is a lot better than than the ScanDisk. Cost me like $20 to extend my 64GB Air to 96GB. Keep my iTunes/iPhoto Libraries on it.
     
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    Wow that is a very nice and sleek flash drive.
     
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  22. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Nice! I've been looking for a USB 3.0 flash drive that isn't a monster! Wish they had a 128GB option but thats pushing my luck! Oh well maybe I'll get this AND upgrade my rMBP's SSD with an OWC!
     
  23. inselstudent thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hm, I've purchased a 32GB Cruzer Fit now because it was for sale and rather cheap and actually I can't complain about its speed. I've moved my entire iTunes and iPhoto libraries onto it and listening to music, watching movies and even browsing my iPhoto library works pretty well. I tested the speed using Blackmagic disc speed or something and writing was between 4 and 5 MB/s while reading was about 25 MB/s.

    For instance, copying all that stuff onto the drive (21.5 GB) took less than 2 hours. Ofc it depends on your usage, but if all you want to outsource is music and some photos (my library is only at 3 gigs atm because I backed up all older photos to an external USB drive), then that stick is IMO okay.

    I'm not regretting my order of the pkparis stick anyway, bc 64GB effectively doubles my space and the speed makes it even more usable.

    Edit: and fwiw, it'll also look way better :D
     
  24. inselstudent thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    See first post for an update of my experience with the USB stick and more
     
  25. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the update. With the storage sizes of the past MBAs as they are, I think this is a great topic.
     

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