You only need to bump into a standard USB thumb drive protruding from your laptop once to realize why companies make smaller alternatives. Sure, they're easier to lose, but if you've ever ruined a USB port by being clumsy, that's a tradeoff you're willing to make. There are several options, including Corsair's new Flash Voyager Vega family of ultra compact USB 3.0 flash drives.
SanDisk today released its high-speed Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive family. Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, these tiny drives are only small in stature (19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 millimeters / 0.75 x 0.63 x 0.35 inches (LxWxH) without cap), not performance -- according to SanDisk, you can transfer a full-length movie in 40 seconds using an Ultra Fit drive, which offer speeds up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0.
An external RAID storage solution with two WD Red 6TB NAS drives
A few days back, Western Digital quietly began offering a 12TB variant of the My Book Duo two-drive RAID external storage solution it launched back in June. In terms of capacity, this latest SKU is fifty percent bigger than the previous highest-capacity My Book Duo configuration.
Blazing fast read and write transfers of up to 450MB/s and 350MB/s, respectively
Hide your USB 2.0 flash drive, it's suddenly about to feel inadequate. The same will probably be true of your USB 3.0 flash drive. Taking data transfers to ridiculously fast levels, Corsair today introduced its Flash Voyager GTX USB Flash Drive family, which offers both big capacities and speedy performance. We're talking up to 450MB/s read and up to 350MB/s write speeds in 128GB and 256GB flavors.
Tired of slow file transfers? Assuming your PC has a USB 3.0 port, it might be worth upgrading to a USB 3.0 flash drive. Not all of them are created equal, however, though Toshiba just announced its large-capacity TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 flash drive family with high-speed transfers. Specifically, Toshiba rates the read and write speeds at up to 222MB/s and 205MB/s, respectively.
What do fast cars and fast storage have in common? We're not sure, but let's not bemoan the pairing of LaCie and Porsche Design, a German design studio founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of the Porsche founder and designer of the Porsche 911. These two firms decided to collaborate on a USB thumb drive and what they came up with is a slim, sleek, and secure stick that's made of steel.
If you've been thinking about retiring your USB 2.0 flash drive in favor of something faster and more capacious, Corsair may have what you're looking for. Corsair today announced the immediate availability of three new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 flash drive models -- Flash Voyager GS, Flash Voyager Mini, and Flash Voyager LS with capacities ranging from 16GB all the way up to 256GB.
Kudos and high-fives go out to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group today for announcing the completion of the USB 3.1 specification, which adds enhancements to enable SuperSpeed USB to operate at up 10 Gbps. The added throughput compared to regular USB 3.0 is made possible via more efficient data encoding, allowing the USB 3.1 spec to reach speeds twice as high over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables.
World's fastest thumb drive uses Thunderbolt, not USB 3.0.
At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Intel was showing off a prototype thumb drive that it claims is the fastest in the world. Intel can make that claim because unlike most other thumb-size flash drives, it plugs into a PC's Thunderbolt port rather than a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. In true thumb drive fashion, it plugs in without the aid of a cable, giving users fast access to 128GB of flash storage.
PC users have been in a bit of a quandary about the new Thunderbolt interface from Intel. On the one hand, we’re all about maximum performance, so given its sizable speed advantage over USB 3.0, at least on paper, we’re eager to adopt it. On the other hand, there are three issues that have prevented us from jumping on the Thunderbolt bandwagon with both feet. The first is the fact that it debuted on the Apple platform. Granted, we’re a bit sensitive, but this just rubbed us the wrong way. Second, Thunderbolt doesn’t exist on LGA2011 due to a requirement for integrated graphics. And finally, we already have USB 3.0, so do we really need Thunderbolt? Sure, it’s twice as fast on paper (10Gb/s versus 5Gb/s), but will we see that benefit in the real world, and is it worth the cost? To help us answer all these nagging questions we snagged a very special hard drive, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt, which has both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, allowing us to test both interfaces back-to-back and make an apples-to-apples comparison.