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PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

  • Model P-FD128TBOP-GE
  • 128GB
  • Speeds quoted for USB 3.0 devices. Speeds are based on PNY standard USB 2.0 (3.5 MB/s) write speed. Performs at USB 2.0 speeds when used on 2.0 devices
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/15/2015 7:41:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs1 year Later

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Capacity for price. It still works after a year. Relatively small.

Cons: After a year of regular use, my experience has been that this drive fails in two important areas - Performance and Design.
For transferring small files, the speed is dismally slow and frustrating. Transfers are not only slow, but they seem to stall at times. My backups take easily twice the time they used to on better quality drives.
After a year on my keyring, the drive is literally falling apart. I put a small ring through the existing hole in the drive to attach to my keyring, and because of the idiotic location of the hole, in line with the seam, the ring has split the halves of the drive and pulled out. I wrapped the drive in reinforced tape to hold the halves together, which worked for a while, but eventually the tape fails. Finally, I did what PNY should have done - I drilled a small hole from side to side through the upper corner opposite from the corner with the original hole, and put the ring through the new hole. The top part of the case is hollow, so the drilling does no damage to the circuit board. And now the ring holds the halves together rather than forcing them apart.
Also, the sliding cover over the connector has never worked smoothly, and it often opens from banging around in my pocket. When slid down, it does protect the connector from flexing, but there is no protection from dust and dirt. There are many other, much better, designs

Other Thoughts: Initially I thought that the trade off for high capacity at a low price was somewhat worth the trade off in speed, but after a year I'm ready to spend a bit more for something much faster. If you just use the drive just for static storage, or for only large files, it may still be worthwhile.
The physical design is just dumb. A better design wouldn't cost any more, and it would make the drive last longer and be more pleasant to use.

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  • Beau B.
  • 1/10/2015 10:26:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent Drive

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: -Faster than USB 2.0
-Simple design

Cons: -Not advertised speed
-Kinda bulky for what seems to be no reason (lots of extra plastic and void space

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for. This drive is inexpensive for a reason. You are paying for the storage, not for the case or the best speed. Looking at a real world usage of coping a single .mp4 file (~5GB) from my internal SSD to the drive over USB3.0, windows was reporting about 51MBps. From the drive to my SSD was about 105MBps. Not even close to the advertised speeds of 130MBps and 190MBps respectively, but good enough for my use. I am sure under some benchmark you could get the advertised speeds but I like to look at a real world case.

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  • Ehtesham I.
  • 1/9/2015 9:26:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: I get 85-90 Megs/second on this baby. Way way better than the 1 Mb/s I was getting on my USB 2.0.

I bought this for $39.99 during the after christmas special with no shipping or tax.

Cons: I hate the sliding casing on this thing. Very difficult to open/close - need both hands. And it doesn't cover the actual USB contacts which makes it pretty useless.

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  • Martin B.
  • 1/9/2015 7:29:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPNY 128GB USB 3 turns into 32GB

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Great when it works FIVE STARS!!! Just don't use it to create a “Recovery Drive” in Windows 8..1? It formatted it twice to 32 GB. At time thought was defective! I could not find any simple fix information on changing it back to 128 GB on PNY Website; hopefully now fixed or read below?

Cons: I have been frustrated for while with New 128GB USB Drive only showing up as 32GB even after re-partitioning it with NTFS, etc?. Checked PNY Website for a fix there was nothing even in Website search? Decided to call as last resort before warranty ends and considering leaving negative Newegg feedback on purchase? Bruce with PNY Technical Support called me this week and said it sometimes happens other program see and re-formats it as 32GB. Bruce did not say what program though showed easy fix and it works great now with extra 70GB of backup. I now would buy another very fast… These are the somewhat simple steps that PNY should list to fix it? Oops, after tried again creating a “Recovery Drive” with 128GB PNY USB Drive in Windows 8.1… Back to 32GB? I shall just use a cheap 32GB USB Drive now and I now know the fix… Thanks again Bruce...

Open command prompt as administrator (Admin)

Type: diskpart
Type: list disk
Type: select disk n (Where n is the USB drive)
Type: clean
Type: create partition primary
Type: format fs=ntfs quick
Type: active
Type: assign
Type: exit
Type: exit, close window…

Sorry Bruce if it causes you extra work, LOL. Martin

Other Thoughts: Reduced an Egg for PNY not listing this problem and simple FIX on their website; I have no idea why? I was close to giving you single egg negative feedback PNY! Thank you Bruce again

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  • Michael B.
  • 1/8/2015 7:19:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Received OK. 7 Days.
It works. It's fast. Copied 1.7 gb file in less than 10 sec.
So far, so good.
Don't forget, if you need to copy a single file that is larger than 4gb, you MUST reformat the flash to NTFS.

Cons: None, so far.

Other Thoughts: Good price.
I needed this to make installed O/S copies.

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  • Steven E.
  • 1/1/2015 10:42:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Finally, no more carrying a bulky 2.5" SSD in your pocket. Read speeds over 100MB/s, writes are of course a bit slower. I have seen no compatibility issues yet, compared to the issues I have seen with the 32G/64G high-perf SD brand of flash drives.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: There is a "red" version of this that I do not own, but I see no benefits unless you like "red"

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  • Stephen R.
  • 12/30/2014 3:50:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorking great after months

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Worked perfectly from day 1.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This item has worked flawlessly from when I first purchased it, no problems at all.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/21/2014 7:09:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsworks as advertised

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Ditto the other five star reviews. Works well on win7, and GNU/Linux system with USB 2.0 ports. Speeds are what I would expect for USB 2.0. Sturdy construction, but see below.

Cons: The cover is a bit hard to slide on and off, but that's better than having it come off, or have the connector be uncovered with the slightest touch. The cover doesn't protect the connector entirely, leaving a hole at the top. This shouldn't be a problem though.

Other Thoughts: Though the construction is sturdy, the part where you would put a key ring through is on a corner, where the drive's long sides meet. It would likely take a lot of pulling with quite a bit of force, but I could see a situation where that corner comes apart, and the drive falls off the key ring.

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  • Charles E.
  • 12/14/2014 2:23:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsError Free & Fast

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: Formatting with NTFS and running chkdsk with the scan option set revealed no errors. My diagnostic wrote 125,460,889,600 bytes of zeros in 117 files in 23:08.376 for 90,365,210.577 MBs. The files were verified w/o errors in 15:31.770 for 134.647 MBs. The latter figure is a little inflated because the last few files were still in memory and showed a read speed of over 300 MBs.

Cons: None so far. All three pen drives bought a few years ago failed after a year or two. Two of those were used for transporting files from one computer to another, and one had memtest 86+ on it. Memtest 86+ on that one won't load any more. None of the three was made by PNY.

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  • Axel M.
  • 12/13/2014 1:19:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: One pro is that you can't lose the top/cap, nice design.

Tested this device using good 'ol dd in Linux.
When drive is not formatted (raw) you get about 150MB/s writes, with a file system on it you get the following:

$dd if=/dev/zero of=/run/media/axel/USB30FD/delet-file count=1024 blocksize=2M oflag=direct
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 22.3992 s, 95.9 MB/s

Note the option oflag, this option makes you bi-pass the kernel caching thus writing directly to the device.

95MB/s to 97MB/s consistently. A large ISO about 3.5GB on size achieved speeds of 117MB using rsync, keep in mind a copy or sync utilizes kernel caching mechanisms that include putting the file on memory before writing to disk giving the impression that is done at better speeds.

Cons: None I can think of.
By the way newegg posting 'proof', can abrevitate block size, it thinks you are saying b and s (stands for BLOCK SIZE).

Other Thoughts: I got it under $34, not bad for a USB 3.0 128GB thumb drive. Good drive for the price!

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