- USB 3.0
- 71.0mm x 21.0mm x 11.0mm
Pay for performance 03/04/2014
This review is from: SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46
Rumor has it this is the fastest USB 3.0 flash at the time of this review. I think I can believe that, given the other reviews, and what I experienced using this.
(1) Its bloody fast enough to be a primary hard drive.
(2) Use this on a USB 3.0 enabled laptop and my (spinning) hard drive cannot keep up with it.
(3) Came close to the claimed speed on a couple of my computers.
(4) Even if you only have USB 2, it will take that to the max (depending on machine, 27MBPS or More), even randomly accessing small files will approach max usb2 speed.
(5) Nice looking, well built.
This is definitely the fastest USB flash drive I've ever used. While I was transfer some big .iso files to and from a laptop. It gets a quick start, and then settles into the max speed of the hard drive being copied to or from. Wow, its faster than the 7200 rpm laptop primary drive. I guess that laptop needs a SSD upgrade! On other devices, I got close to the claimed max speed.
No problems with the drive being recognized.
Its a nicely designed drive, too. The metal case seems to also act as a heat sink, so it not only looks nice, but benefits from some thoughtful engineering. The sliding mechanism seems well put together, snapping cleanly into the extended position. A hole in the metal case makes a secure mounting point for a keychain or lanyard, if you like.
Oh, and the capacity! What's all that speed if you can't carry around lots of stuff. I was able to easily stuff it with big files. Know, though, that its formatted as FAT32 out of the package, so if you need to carry things bigger than 4 gig, you'll need to reformat. (I just noticed in windows 8.1, you can only reformat to exFat or NTFS. FAT and FAT32 are no longer in the reformat option list. Hmm.) I reformatted to exFAT.
Imagine carrying around a full OS backup or virtual machine...
Limited lifetime warranty. Nice.
Expensive compared to other "pretty fast" usb 3.0 flash drives. Costs more to be the best, I guess.
Couldn't get it to work for Windows To Go, using a fully up to date Windows 8.1 Enterprise machine. Is that a con? Maybe. My understanding is that an un-certified drive simply wont work with windows to go. So maybe someone needs to get this on the certified list? Did anyone else have a different result?
Also, I've got used to tiny flash drives, and this one, while not big, is what I used to think of as normal sized. My guess is that its as small as it can be, given the controller and chips required.
Is it worth the extra money? For me, no. Simply put, the extra speed is nice, but I don't have a compelling need for it, and just the fact that its well built isn't enough to justify the extra cost. If you're reading this and don't really have a need for the fastest out there, then there are better options.
Windows to go would be nice, but i'm still trying to figure out why I would need it. That one is on microsoft. With remote desktop, office 365, cloud servers and the like, I just don't know why I would need to carry an OS on a stick to plug into someone elses computer. Like most new things from Microsoft, there's a 50/50 chance that it really makes sense, but I just don't get it yet. (Like the start button :))
If you haven't heard of windows to go, it may be worth a quick google.
So if you've got lots of data to carry around, or want a full backup in your pocket, just in case, this may be the stick for you.
Not for me. 4 stars for a great product that's a bit too pricey for what I need.
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