Fastest thumb drive for less than $100?
August 21, 2012 1:53 PM Subscribe
What is currently the fastest USB 3.0 thumb drive I can get for less than $100?
posted by jsturgill to computers & internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Any capacity, as long as it's 4+ GB. "Fast" in this instance is almost entirely focused on typical read times, not write times.
I'd love to have a pico-type drive that is very tiny and would fit easily on a key ring, but normal sized is OK if that's necessary for good performance.
I've noticed that most normal thumb drives suck for running an OS that isn't run entirely in RAM like Puppy Linux. They also seem terrible for loading things like Portable Python or Eclipse, which read many small files in order to load and run. I'd like to find a thumb drive that has read times on par with or better than your typical notebook hard drive, at least. Is SSD-type speed possible in this price range?
*Even if my diagnosis is wrong, I still am interested in getting the fastest thumb drive I can for < $100.