How Much Faster Is A USB 3.0 Sandisk USB Flash Drive?

Friday, 1 April 2016  |  Admin

The USB that you carry around everywhere you go, on a key chain, in a bag, encrypted from all prying eyes is one of the most amazing inventions to come from computer hardware. Further still, the latest in Sandisk USB flash drive should still astound the greater majority.

Yet I still have the feeling that people walk into a shop and buy any old USB based on price alone. This would make any USB design engineer faint at the sheer lack of knowledge when it comes to purchasing what has become to be regarded as one of the most sophisticated USB 3.0 Sandisk USB Flash Drives on the market.

Do I Need A Fast SanDisk USB Flash Drive?

Should you care how much faster a USB 3.0 Sandisk USB flash drive really is compared to USB 1.0 or USB 2.0? Yes, we think you should and here's a few reasons why. A USB can hold any type of media, much like a hard disk, from media, music files and video to documents. Typically if you're dealing with small documents and very few, then you need not shell out for a top of the range USB 3.0.

However, if you're into watching films on the move, on your tablet, in the car or plug your music files as an album into your car stereo then a SanDisk USB flash drive comes into its own. There are currently three operating within the latest standard, Ultra, Extreme and Extreme Pro. Each of these offer the user a different experience meeting individual needs.

Now the original question was how much faster is a USB 3.0 Sandisk USB Flash Drive. The answer is that it is Mo Farah fast. The high end SanDisk Extreme Pro USB has a transfer read rate of 260MB/s and a write rate of 240MB/s - this is for the power user which needs to both transfer files to and from a device at speed.

We're talking film makers and top notch photographers here on continuous burst all day long looking to retire earlier and finish transferring files securely earlier than 2am. The difference being it is full duplex instead of half duplex, a bit like a dual carriageway with traffic in both directions, rather than just the one way 'stuck behind a tractor' at a time deal which was 2.0.

OK, How Fast Is Fast When It Comes To SanDisk USB 3.0?

This USB operates SIXTY times faster than a USB 2.0. Now you understand the difference in speed, you can
appreciate the additional cost. The next model down is the Extreme SanDisk USB Flash Drive. This 3.0 USB is more concerned with having a higher read speed, the write speed is lesser. Incidentally the Pro is only available with 128GB of space (ONLY). The Extreme and Ultra comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

The Ultra is the little big brother of the 2.0 range. Faster as 3.0 it operates with a read speed of up to 80MB/s which is still four times faster than your average 2.0 USB. To answer your question of how much faster is a USB 3.0 Sandisk USB Flash Drive, between four and sixty times and with read and write speeds between 80MB/s and 260MB/s.

It is important to note that while a 3.0 SanDisk USB Flash Drive is backwards compatible with 2.0, it will only work at the faster rate when joined with an equal 3.0 port. Otherwise it reverts to the previous standard of speed but at least it is compatible


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