Recommend a very fast USB 3.0+ Flash Drive.

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by FenFox, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. FenFox

    FenFox Limp Gawd

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    I'm on the market for a VERY fast (read/write) USB 3.0+ flash drive. 64GB and 128GB options. MAYBE up to 256GB.


    Apparently a 32 GB Kingston I have laying around isn't fast enough:
    https://www.amazon.ca/Kingston-Digital-32GB-100-DataTraveler/dp/B00C5K8E1A?ref_=nav_signin&
    Judging by the comments, the write speeds are probably too slow. The Shield just says:


    "This drive appears to be slow. You can continue, but formatting and preparing this drive might take longer. Additionally apps moved to this location may stutter and data transfers may take a long time. For better performance switch to the NVIDIA recommended USB drive."

    Nvidia no longer officially recommends compatible USB flash drives which kind of sucks. So this may be a bit of a gamble. I could end up buying a drive that should be fast enough, but it may not necessarily be compatible with the Shield for whatever reason. Having said that, buying a very fast drive would increase the likelihood that I can use it as adopted storage. So, what would you recommend? Also, from what I understand, this USB flash drive will replace the existing 12 GB of Shield internal storage, which I'd think should be faster than most 3.0 Flash Drives, so I would want this flash drive to be extremely fast if that's the case.
     
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    I second Abula's recommendation. I use a SanDisk Extreme PRO for my USB Linux install and it is fast enough for desktop usage.
     
  5. daglesj

    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    Lexar P20 if you can get one. Faster then the Sandisk Pro's I have. Got a 64GB and 128GB one.

    The 128GB is a real beast.
     
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    I agree with "daglesj"........all 3 of my Lexar drives write at speeds of 60MB/s+

    Whereas the crap SanDisk, PNY and Patriot (last two are 3.1) Write at spees of less than 25MB/s, waste of $12 IMO. GO WITH LEXAR.
     
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  7. FenFox

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    Yeah, people are actually heavily advising me to NOT pick up a USB flash drive for obvious reasons. I RMA'ed this drive and I'm picking up the replacement today: https://www.newegg.ca/samsung-860-evo-series-500gb/p/N82E16820147674?Item=N82E16820147674
    I think this should be good enough in an enclosure? I do have an enclosure, but the cords are so damn long and It's a hybrid SSD/HDD enclosure so It's pretty big. Rather get something smaller with shorter cords. I actually don't know if there's a size limitation on adopted storage though.
     
  8. FenFox

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    Nice suggestions, but in CAD that is adding up to be more expensive than the Nvidia Shield itself lol. I also wonder if it will be compatible with the Shield or if there is a size limitation on adopted storage. Or whether I can format later on to work with Windows/Other OS if I decide to use something different.

    According to: https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4025

    "When you format an external drive as internal storage, it becomes encrypted to your SHIELD TV
    and can no longer be used interchangeably with other devices such as personal computers or cameras."

    But it doesn't say I can't wipe/format it later on to work with Windows/Other OS.
     
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    Hmm, people have been advising me against using USB flash drives as a primary read/write drive due to the fact that they are not intended to be used in that way and tend to die out quickly. Your link says this is an SSD flash drive though..... is that different compared to other flash drives?
     
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    Denpepe [H]ard|Gawd

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    You could use something like https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com...+cable+to+usb&qid=1565207164&s=gateway&sr=8-3
    Not sure how well they work, but I think Paul from Paulshardware uses something like those and he seems to like them.
     
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    Oh Hmm. I wonder if that would be just as good or better than an enclosure like this: https://www.amazon.ca/UGREEN-Enclos...nal+enclosure&qid=1565214839&s=gateway&sr=8-4
    Now I'm conflicted.

    I wonder if you're be able to use TRIM with that plug. I don't see why you wouldn't.

    Maybe this might be good:

    https://www.amazon.com/Unitek-Adapt...+to+USB+Cable&qid=1565218171&s=gateway&sr=8-9

    Though, I imagine you only need the power brick for 3.5" drives.
     
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  12. Abula

    Abula Gawd

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    You are correct, the P20 is a very fast flash drive, i own one and its been discontinued, it was imo the fastest flash until Sandisk released Extreme Pro 256gb, which i haven't found anything faster (not considering porable ssds like Samsung T5), i had high hopes for the new Corsair Voyager GTX, but they cant sustain the speed.
     

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