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November 12, 2007 2:52:58 PM

Why is it so hard to find tech specs on actuall transfer rates for Thumb Drives? Everyone Claims "High Performance" "The Fastest" etc, etc. Also, I found if you run across these types of numbers in speed references 150x, 200x, etc. Those speed ratings are based on the original rotational speed of a CD player; 1X delivers 150 kiloBytes per second.

Anyway here is what I have gathered so far.

Make / Model-------------------Read Speed --||||-- Write Speed

Patriot Xporter XT - 200x ------ 32MB/s ------||||--- 26MB/s

Patriot Xporter XT V2 - 266x --- 39MB/s

Patriot Xporter XT - 150x ------

Corsair Flash Survivor GT - 8GB - 34MB/s ------||||--- 28MB/s

PNY Attache - 16GB ----------

OCZ ATV Turbo --------------- 33-35MB/s ----||||--- 26-30MB/s

Lexar Jumpdrive Lightning ------ 30MB/s -------||||--- 21MB/s

Memina Rocket ---------------- 200x (30MB/s) ||||--- 160x (24MB/s)

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May 21, 2008 4:13:58 PM

Heyy, these are really good info. but remember, most of the times, what manufacturers specify are not 100% correct. I have found some benchmarks on flash drives and did a small comparition. The Corsair Vayager GT and Patriot Xparter XT came really close. Take a minute and read it, And please comment your data too.

http://xcorats-tech.blogspot.com/2008/05/fastest-flash-...

but remember, dont submit manufacturer specs. Submit your own benchmark results if you do so.
May 21, 2008 6:10:37 PM

I believe that USB 2.0 actually has about 34 to 36 MB a sec of bandwidth. So there is going to be a bottle neck at some point no matter how fast the drive actually is. I also believe what xcorat says about vendor specs not being accurate. Some might be conservative while others might be optimistic. I have about 30+ flash drives, some new some old, and the fastest one I have ever seen is the Turbo series from Sony. It is rated at 28mb a sec read and 18mb a sec write. I actually tested it at mid 30s for read and low 20s for write.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Prod...

If you get a Sony delete the virtual expander software off it, which kinda sucks.
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May 27, 2008 6:53:51 AM

well, I read somwhr about a USB HDD that can read at 40MB/s. And the max USB2.0 can go, theoritically is 48MBps.(480Mbps / (8 data bits + 2 parity bits)
(isnt it??) so I guess we will be seeing USB drives that can go up to about 40MBps. But remember USB3.0 spec is supposed to be released this year, Which they boast to have 3Gbps throughput. probably in a couple more years, they will be really fast (somwhr around 300MBps!!!!!!) and will come packaged with hand gloves..............!!!! (well, wont they be blazing hot as well????).................lol

Btw, rozar, why dont you submit some benchmark scores to on my page, so I can add those too. Use HDTune http://www.hdtune.com/
May 27, 2008 5:16:39 PM

Yeah USB 2.0 is spec to 480mbps but I dont think it is really that fast in real world use. Im not sure what the reason is and maybe someone can fill us in. But also we know that a 1 gbps network connection never really goes that fast either.

I will see if I can post some results sometime.
October 12, 2008 10:05:00 PM

This is one of the fastest drives I've encountered:
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/adata_pd7_8gb_f...

Also, the usb 2.0 spec 480Mbps is the peak transfer rate. The average transfer rate is much lower, which is why even Firewire 400 can beat usb 2.0 on transferring large amounts of data, and probably why the highest speeds on flash drive are all around the upper 30's.
February 18, 2009 10:03:25 PM

The THEORETICAL bandwidth of the USB 2.0 specification is 480Mbps which comes out to be 60MBps. Every type of bus and or device will have a theoretical bandwidth speed but various real-world considerations will generally keep the actual effective throughput much lower.
February 19, 2009 9:40:10 PM

I have an e-sata/usb 2.0 drive (OCZ Throttle 32gb) which transfers around 32 mb/s read and like 15-20 mb/s write in USB mode.

I think it's near the fastest if not the fastest you can get.
February 22, 2009 3:55:34 AM

lol, all of you havent heard of Buffalo technology's Flash drives have you..? Buffalo still uses the SLC NAND flash chips!

Reads @ 39mb/sec Writes @ 32mb/sec

its not available anymore in the us :(  its time we all asked buffalo to start importing these from Japan!

check the buffalo Japan Website and translate using google.. you will be surprised!

it owns! all the competetion..

Its time these companies stopped using MLC NAND calling them the fastest flash chips.
SLC nand uses a simple logic and has a longer lifespan.. its just a tad costiler.. but for people who want performance.. its small price to pay.
June 3, 2009 4:26:47 AM

The System always reserves some USB bandwidth for it's use. For Windows look here:

Device Manager (devmgmt.msc)
Universal Serial Bus Controllers, untree this (click the plus sign)
Select any of the "Blah blah blah USB Universal Host Controller / USB2 Enhanced Host Controller"
Right Click > Properties
Advanced Tab (at the top)

Most systems today reserve 10% of the bandwidth

I have not seen it documented that there are 2 parity bits per byte of data, and assuming there is none then:

480 megabits per second / 8 bits per byte = 60 Megabytes per second, with 10% reserved = 54 Megabytes per second.

I don't believe the Universal Serial Bus uses any type of parity, or error correction. The majority of main memory isn't even ECC (Error Correcting Code), why would they waste that much bandwidth on parity for the USB?
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August 21, 2009 11:23:35 PM

Thats probably why wireless ubs is 54MBps
March 10, 2010 12:49:53 AM

Hi I just picked up a Scandisk Cruzer 16 gig and it seems really slow took 14 minutes to copy 2 gig of mp3 files wouldn't that be considered really slow and could someone do the math how many MB/Sec would that translate into. Got it for about 30 bucks so do you think it was a good deal maybe I'll take it back. Thanks!

Tom j.
April 4, 2010 12:10:14 AM

curt31 said:
Hi I just picked up a Scandisk Cruzer 16 gig and it seems really slow took 14 minutes to copy 2 gig of mp3 files wouldn't that be considered really slow and could someone do the math how many MB/Sec would that translate into. Got it for about 30 bucks so do you think it was a good deal maybe I'll take it back. Thanks!

Tom j.


I have a 16GB SanDisk Ultra Backup and it's actually the slowest drive I have. It transfers a 25mb file at 3.2MB/s

My 2GB Ativa is the fastest at 6.3MB/s and the SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8GB goes at 4.5MB/s for the same file.

It's true that the larger capacities are generally slower but the Ultra is supposed to be fast!
May 11, 2010 8:08:30 AM

I have bought a USD2.0 Flash Drive which transfers around 32 mb/s read and like 15-20 mb/s write in USB mode. :bounce: 
July 6, 2010 9:54:30 PM

SoMxNemesis said:
lol, all of you havent heard of Buffalo technology's Flash drives have you..? Buffalo still uses the SLC NAND flash chips!

Reads @ 39mb/sec Writes @ 32mb/sec

its not available anymore in the us :(  its time we all asked buffalo to start importing these from Japan!

check the buffalo Japan Website and translate using google.. you will be surprised!

it owns! all the competetion..

Its time these companies stopped using MLC NAND calling them the fastest flash chips.
SLC nand uses a simple logic and has a longer lifespan.. its just a tad costiler.. but for people who want performance.. its small price to pay.


Thanks Dude I gave up hope of getting one. I was trying to import one from the UK.

now i might be able to still get one. maybe I'll try Amazon.jp or specialty japan import store.

and FYI it's all SanDisk fault. I e-mailed Buffalo tech ...basically SanDisk legally-bullied Buffalo tech into not being able to sell there drives only in the USA :/  I just wanted an super fast SLC chip drive.

thanks again
August 31, 2010 7:54:24 PM

usbdriveflash said:
How to find out which one is the REAL fastest USB flash drive?
Do I really need the fastest USB flash drive?
How much is it?

fast, FASter, FASTEST – 2.0 USB flash drives


YES! i do need the fastest. this is not for my e-peen
I use portable apps so this is a must
thanks for the link
February 20, 2011 5:09:17 PM

thanks for the info! I have been really annoyed at my 2GB microcenter drive that I bought a few years ago for $5. At the time I hardly used it and didnt care about speed, but now am constantly moving larger 1GB files all over, which require more space, and the slow 5=6MB/s speed makes it painfully slow. This should give me a good starting point for research!
May 12, 2011 5:00:06 AM

I would go with a USB 3.0 drive, whether you have a 3.0 slot or not. They are backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 and when you do upgrade down the line, you'll have a lot more bandwidth (4-10x the speed)!!

CORSAIR Flash Voyager 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVY3-8GB - $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A-DATA Superior Series 8GB S102 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Titanium Gray) Model AS102-8G-RGY - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A-DATA Superior Series 16GB S102 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Titanium Gray) Model AS102-16G-RGY - $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 12, 2011 12:56:00 PM

zeek2517 said:
Why is it so hard to find tech specs on actuall transfer rates for Thumb Drives?

Because "it depends." On whether they are sequential or random, and on the block size being transferred, and on other things of which I am ignorant. Tom's' (?) various articles on the subject show different drives coming out on top for different scenarios.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-thumb-drive... .

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/usb-thumb-drive-char...
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May 12, 2011 4:07:39 PM

Thanks for the information (links) WyomingKnott on current flash drives...

On that note, I'm going to close this thread dated from November, 2007
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May 12, 2011 4:08:13 PM

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