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PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great value 01/08/2014

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

Pros: Compact, no cap to lose, excellent read/write speeds, lower cost/GB.

Cons: Cheap looking plastic material. If they used an aluminum case (nicer looking and better heat conduction) I would consider it the best USB flash drive on the market. The sprue marks and flash at the mold parting line make it look like something out of a toy vending machine. A sharp knife to remove the flash (from the mold process, not the memory) mostly resolves this problem.

Other Thoughts: While not as pretty as my aluminum Team X101, it offers faster read and write speeds in a more compact design. I also get twice the capacity at less than twice the price. The same capacity Patriot Supersonic Magnum that I wanted is faster and much nicer looking but big and almost 2.5 times the price so I went for the better value.

My 64GB Team X101 and Patriot Supersonic Magnum have been used weekly for almost a year and still look brand new but I don't keep them in my pocket with other metal objects to abrade them. The plastic design of this unit is actually an advantage if you are hard on your thumb drives because scratches would be less obvious. It doesn't start off nice and shiny so there is really not much beauty to lose.

One other thing that was different was the LED light. The LED light on all my previous drives would blink during read/write but would be off when idle. The LED on this model is on (continuous) as soon as it is plugged in and will blink during read/write.

Great drive but I look forward to a faster and better looking 256GB model being available in a couple years for an even lower price. I love progress!

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Mushkin Enhanced Mulholland 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDMH16GB
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Seems to be reliable, The flashing light to indicate that the drive is in use is helpful at times.

This was the very last USB 2.0 flash drive I ever purchased. It had great reviews and seemed to outperform all my other USB 2.0 drives. The improved speed and extra capacity made it my favorite.

Cons: Eventually I decided a flash drive with even more capacity would suit my needs better. I started to purchase USB 3.0 drives since every MB I was using included at least one USB 3.0 port. After getting used to the read/write speeds of my USB 3.0 drives, the Mushkin now seems painfully slow.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a USB flash drive, go for a USB 3.0 model. Even if you don't have a device that can take advantage of the faster speed now, you eventually will. They are currently much cheaper/GB than this model so I thought I would provide that feedback.

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Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT60GB-DX 60GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This drive has the potential to be very fast if not limited.

Cons: I removed this from my MB when I found out the mSATA slot was limited to SATA2 performance. I installed it in my DROBO 5N to see if it would improve performance and the DROBO would no longer work. When I went to the DROBO website, I learned that DROBO does not support Sand Force controllers. If you are thinking about using an mSATA SSD in your DROBO, make sure the controller is not Sand Force.

Other Thoughts: I'm a little disappointed but as soon as I pick up an mSATA to SATA adapter, I will connect it to a SATA3 port so the drive will provide the best possible performance.

I didn't buy this for my DROBO but the DROBO site actually lists this drive as "known to be incompatible".

As for the MB, I just assumed that the mSATA dock would be SATA3 so throughput would not be a bottleneck but I was wrong. I was actually getting a 6.3 WEI for disk data transfer rate when using this drive as a cache for my two Velociraptors in RAID 0 which was really confusing till I stumbled on the mSATA MB limitation. M.2 should resolve that if my next MB supports the new spec. For now, going back to the lower performing Crucial M4 connected to a SATA 3 port actually improved performance slightly.

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Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 07/03/08

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  • First Review: 11/27/08
  • Last Review: 01/08/14
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