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ADATA Superior Series 16GB S102 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Titanium Gray) Model AS102-16G-RGY

  • Model AS102-16G-RGY
  • 16GB
  • Aluminum body w/ metal finish

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A-DATA’s Superior Series S102 USB 3.0 flash drive delivers a perfect blend of performance, style and value in a portable form factor that fits virtually anywhere. The industry's first to incorporate a native controller chip for flash products, the S102 delivers blazing-fast read and write performance at an extremely competitive price. Complete with textured aluminum casing with titanium metal color for an attractive look, these USB 3.0 flash drives give you an undeniable reason to upgrade, and say an official goodbye to USB 2.0. The S102 is available in storage capacities from 8GB to 32GB, providing great value for your speed experience.

  • newegg Fire up the Power of USB 3.0 The S102 USB 3.0 flash drive adopts a native USB 3.0 flash memory controller which results in a smaller footprint and higher performance than bridge-based solutions. With nearly twice the read performance than traditional USB 2.0 speeds, you will ride the cutting-edge technology in all data transfer applications.
  • newegg Titanium Grey Enhances your Dignified Style In appearance, the textured aluminum casing sets off the titanium metal color of the drive. The crafted exterior incorporates both scientific and technological elements to present an appealing look. The cap can be conveniently clipped onto the back of the casing when the drive is in use, preventing loss.
  • newegg Smart Power: The Means for Total Protection The OStoGO tool assists you to convert your Microsoft Windows 7 Installation DVD to ADATA portable storage devices, providing you the convenience of being able to quickly install Windows 7 via USB Booting without the need for an optical drive. The powerful UFDtoGo tool synchronizes data, e-mails and your Favorites, affording you true mobility.

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  • William F.
  • 4/8/2016 7:58:02 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat flash drive. Faster than S102 Pro 16GB

Pros: I love ADATA flash drives. This drive is no exception. I also own the S102 Pro 16GB variation, and after thorough bench testing of the two drives, this one actually came out on top... by a lot! I used HD Tune and ATTO software to compare the drives. Here is a summary of my results:

S102 Pro 16GB (transfer speed @ file size):
Max read = 112.3MB/s @ 8192Kb
Max write = 24.0MB/s @ 2048Kb
Min read = 1643MB/s @ 1Kb
Min write = 567MB/s @ 0.5Kb
Average read = 68.1MB/s
Average Write = 15.9MB/s

S102 16GB (transfer speed @ file size):
Max read = 122.6MB/s @ 32Kb
Max write = 49.3MB/S @ 2048Kb
Min read = 4.7MB/S @ 0.5Kb
Min write = 5.3MB/s @ 0.5Kb
Average read = 78.3MB/s
Average write = 35.1MB/s

As you can see, the S102 beat out the Pro model in almost every aspect. In fact, only briefly during a read performance measurement at around the 128-256KB file size did the Pro outperform the non-pro. For the entirety of the write tests, the S102 had double the performance of the Pro model from file sizes of 0.5KB up to 8MB.

Cons: The only cons I have are that the drive did not come with a lanyard despite the small lanyard attachment opening on the bottom end, and the fact that the S102 is about 3/8" longer than the Pro model.

Also, the ADATA software offered online isn't much better than freeware you can find, which doesn't require you to register a device with your e-mail address.

Other Thoughts: Tests were performed on a MSI X99S Gaming 7, Intel 5820K, Klevv Cras 4x4GB DDR4, Windows 7 Pro x64, Asmedia USB3.0 controller.

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4 out of 5 eggsTight fit

Pros: Nice, reliable, decent price. Have had very good luck with ADATA products in the past (5 years +)

Cons: The plug is a tight fit in all of the computers I've used (5). Eventually, the drive comes apart. No damage . . . just have to Gorilla glue it back together. This has happened to 3 drives so far. I imagine this problem will exist on all models using this type of enclosure, regardless of capacity.

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  • Mike C.
  • 5/16/2014 7:56:39 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth every penny

Pros: Decent speeds, very durable, longevity.

Cons: Cap was lost easily, no light.

Other Thoughts: Update to my review from Oct. 19, 2011.
Purchased in Sept. 2011, have been using it on average 5-7 times a week.Still fast transfer speeds and still functioning perfectly like the day I bought it.
Have used it for multiple Linux portable OS's and never a problem.
Have partitioned and formatted this device more times than I can count, still works perfectly.

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  • Steven H.
  • 5/8/2013 3:56:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive - smart choice!

Pros: Rugged, high-quality construction

Durable materials

Cons: Really, there were none.

Other Thoughts: I was going to skip writing this review because there are so many others that speak highly of this drive, but some of the lower ratings left the reader with an erroneous impression that I thought, to be fair to the product and not allow it to get trashed by those lacking knowledge, that I go ahead and post this.

Let me start with this concept:

ALL Solid State Drives (SSDs) - regardless if they are flash drives or hard drive substitutes - have a short-term (about 1 - 2 years depending on usage), limited lifetime, and die without any warning whatsoever.

It's critical that you never forget that.

The reason this happens is because all SSDs have a limited number of times the memory cells can charge and discharge. When it hits that number, it dies - immediately - without any warning to the user.

What it means to you is that:

1) You are not going to find any SSD device that you should expect more than 1 year of life. If you get more - good for you! But 1-year is the typical time it takes for an SSD to die.

2) NEVER use an SSD for critical data storage unless

A) you are running a once, or twice, a day backup on that data (if you are running a boiler room with lots of data, you will need hourly or even mirroring); or

B) you are moving data from one point to another and a copy of that data exists somewhere else too so you can re-copy it if your SSD fails, before, or during, transfer.

3) NEVER use an SSD for long-term storage. Use a DVD for generational storage (over 20-years), or a conventional HDD for middle term (3 - 5 years) storage.

4) Don't buy way more capacity than you really need. If you are constantly charging/discharging one area of the drive with data, and the rest is not used, the cycles will pile up on that area, and while the rest of the drive is perfectly good, that area will crash the drive.

You want to spread your data out across the SSD so there is a "balanced" utilization of the cells.

5) NEVER defrag your SSD. These devices run so quickly (speed of light!) that defraging them does nothing but eat up the limited number of charges available on the drive and shorten its life.

6) If you count on your flash drive SSD for your job (IT tech, data transfer, program installations, etc.) ALWAYS have two SSDs, synched up with each other. This is a corollary to number 7, which is,

7) Alternate usage of your two flash drive SSDs daily. Again, this is to keep from piling up charge cycles on one of them.

8) Don't leave the flash drive plugged in if you aren't using it. Your system will access it regularly and waste charge cycles.

With all that as a foundation, I'd like to suggest that the most likely cause of early failure was caused by very rough treatment of the drive, or it was left in the USB port when not being used - thus shortening its life significantly.

That is not to say there are not junk drives out there - I've run across them myself. If you see a drive with three or fewer eggs, avoid

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  • Richard S.
  • 4/3/2013 10:23:36 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good and reliable

Pros: I have gotten quite a bit of use out of this drive, and it has served me well since I got it. This drive has gone through more wear and tear than most flash drives over the period of a year. It's been dropped more times than I can count, stepped on, and went through a washing machine AND a dryer 3 times. It still worked perfectly after all that, and only after a year of abuse did the outer case finally come off. The drive itself still works fine, and I use it as additional memory for my Wii U, since now that it's a circuit board with a USB port attached to it I want to use it in a place where it won't need to be unplugged.

Cons: The write speed isn't amazing, but for a $25 3.0 flash drive that I bought a year ago, I certainly can't complain. Well, I guess I just did. :P

Other Thoughts: This flash drive is not just incredibly durable on the outside but on the inside too, and this flash drive was well worth it's price.

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  • Robert R.
  • 3/2/2013 3:19:28 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood for 1 year

Pros: Fast. Slim design.

Cons: Easy to loose cap. Like other users it worked for a year and died. Customer service made me troubleshoot and fill out a form. Never heard from them. Just threw it out and bought another brand.

Other Thoughts: Had good experience with Patriot Xporter and CORSAIR Flash Voyager.

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  • Charles J.
  • 2/22/2013 9:06:35 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsADATA Superior Series 16GB S102 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Pros: This is a very good product.

Cons: This is the only one I have ever used, so can't compare to others.

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  • Jerry E.
  • 2/19/2013 6:07:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good Price

Cons: Have none - yet

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  • Lorri L.
  • 1/21/2013 8:10:42 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcelent Quality

Pros: Fast data transfer rate, durable aluminum enclosure, affordable, lanyard/key-chain attachment, and a protective cap.

This little drive can take one hell of a beating.

Cons: The protective cap has a tendency to get lost. If you attach a lanyard to the thumb drive you are then not able to place the cap on the other end for safe storage. Although I still manage to find the cap eventually. Also, there is no activity light.

Other Thoughts: I have had this thumb drive for over 2 years now. I have taken it many places. I have even put it through the washing machine accidentally and it still works as well as it did when I first bought it. Also, it still looks brand new.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/29/2012 11:58:21 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWas okay when it worked

Pros: When it worked it was fast I believe. Never benchmarked it or anything. Nice having 16GB, well 14.7GB, well 13.4GB after it was formatted -_-

Cons: Like another reviewer said, it worked for about a year, then... I used it in my car connected to the stereo, out of direct sunlight, and if the temp was a little on the warm side the thing would stop working or being recognized. Once the weather cooled it stopped doing that so often but then recently the stereo wouldn't read it at all, kept saying NA device. I took it to the computer and it says it's not formatted and needs to be. So suddenly after only a year the drive wipes itself and I lose everything on it. Lucky I have back ups.

Other Thoughts: None of my other drives gave me any problems doing the same job I used this for, even in the heat. I have an ~ 8 year old 8GB sandisk cruzer that performed the same function until I got the adata and has since been used about every other day for video transfer and watching and such and has never given me issues to this day, "they just don't make em like they used to".

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