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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    I love the Sandisk Cruzer blade USB devices. They've never failed me.

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    Quote Originally Posted by MrComputerSaint View Post
    I love the Sandisk Cruzer blade USB devices. They've never failed me.
    I have some of these too - they're fine.

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    Damn - 7Day has Cruzer only in USB 2. Really, it's about time these sites updated their products.

    Any reliable suppliers to recommend, please? After comments above, I'm reluctant to trust ebay/Amazon for such things.

    Edit: I'm beginning to wonder if the Cruzer Blade is available only as USB 2. Sandisk's site is rubbish - over-refined and no Search box.
    Last edited by Giraffe; 07-04-2017 at 09:59 AM.
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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Giraffe View Post
    Damn - 7Day has Cruzer only in USB 2. Really, it's about time these sites updated their products.

    Any reliable suppliers to recommend, please? After comments above, I'm reluctant to trust ebay/Amazon for such things.
    Argos is convenient if you have to have it same day and sometimes USB sticks are on offer.
    I would only buy fulfilled by Amazon - would never trust unknown Amazon sellers for electronics or electricals.

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    Quote Originally Posted by snedger View Post
    Argos is convenient if you have to have it same day and sometimes USB sticks are on offer.
    I would only buy fulfilled by Amazon - would never trust unknown Amazon sellers for electronics or electricals.
    high st: John Lewis or Curry's are fine - and I got a bargain at Currys on 16GB Sandisk pen drives a few months back.
    online: Amazon, ebuyer, Scan, Aria

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    Thanks - I've looked at all of the usual places.
    It does seem that Cruzer Blade is USB 2 only. On Amazon, there are a lot of reviews mentioning the mechanical flimsiness and high temperatures of Sandisk.
    I think that I'll get some Corsair Flash Voyager - I have an old one that was bought when 1GB was big!
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/USB-Flash...ds=corsair+usb
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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    If you want quick then I would recommend SanDisk extreme

    https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/SanDi...context=search

    There is a new version with go appended but I don't know how quick they are.I would expect them to be good too but you can never tell with USB sticks.

    The extreme ones I have have far better 4k rates than any other supposedly fast ones I have seen. The others always seem good sequentially and that is it. It's about 10 MB/s for 4k, others are under a MB/s even if they have comparable sequential.
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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro View Post
    If you want quick then I would recommend SanDisk extreme

    https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/SanDi...context=search

    There is a new version with go appended but I don't know how quick they are.I would expect them to be good too but you can never tell with USB sticks.

    The extreme ones I have have far better 4k rates than any other sponsored fat one I have seen. The others always seem good sequentially and that is it. It's about 10 MB/s for 4k, others are under a MB/s even if they have comparable sequential.
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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    The Go ones don't seem to be as quick but the (only 8 so far) reviews seem favourable, especially re. robustness, although they do mention that it's too long.
    I looked for Amazon as 'seller' and there's this:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-Ext...isk+Extreme+Go

    Not too bad for 64GB - more than most but a bit less than the Extreme.
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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    If you do get a SanDisk extreme go, a crystal disk mark showing all the 4k measures would be much appreciated.

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    OK, will do.
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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    I have two of the 16GB USB3 extremes. They're fine - nice and speedy. I would run tests on them but they are housing system images atm.

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    It's the new go versions I am curious about. From a quick Google there doesn't seen to be any benchmark.

    I have x2 64 GB and a 32 GB of the old extremes and I can't recommend them enough. They really should get more exposure for how much quicker they are than anything else.

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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro View Post
    If you do get a SanDisk extreme go, a crystal disk mark showing all the 4k measures would be much appreciated.
    Here are some figures:

    NTFS
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    CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
    Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
    * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 160.520 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 21.601 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 7.009 MB/s [ 1711.2 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.095 MB/s [ 267.3 IOPS]
    Sequential Read (T= 1) : 132.132 MB/s
    Sequential Write (T= 1) : 20.761 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 5.628 MB/s [ 1374.0 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.081 MB/s [ 263.9 IOPS]

    Test : 4096 MiB [F: 0.2% (0.1/58.4 GiB)] (x1) [Interval=5 sec]
    Date : 2017/04/16 8:58:28
    OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x86)

    exFAT
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
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    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
    * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 155.767 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 41.633 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 6.941 MB/s [ 1694.6 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.119 MB/s [ 273.2 IOPS]
    Sequential Read (T= 1) : 149.746 MB/s
    Sequential Write (T= 1) : 40.266 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 6.279 MB/s [ 1533.0 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.076 MB/s [ 262.7 IOPS]

    Test : 4096 MiB [F: 0.3% (0.2/58.4 GiB)] (x1) [Interval=5 sec]
    Date : 2017/04/16 8:32:41
    OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x86)
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    Re: (Un)reliability of USB pen drives

    The Lexar P20 range seem pretty speedy, I've used a 32Gb one with good results.
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