Pick up Samsung's 256GB USB-C flash drive for only $19

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Flash drives always come in handy whether it's for keeping a backup of your most important documents or family photos, to holding your favorite media to play on a compatible device. This compact USB-C flash drive from Samsung is down to $19 and offers 256GB of Samsung NAND flash memory that can transfer your data at up to speeds of 400MB/s.

Samsung advertises that this flash drive can transfer 4GB files in around 11 seconds with its 400MB/s USB 3 read speeds, plus it's compatible with older USB 3.0/2.0 ports making it a truly backward compatible drive. Handy if you want to use it with an adapter for a USB-A to USB-C.

A benefit of having a USB-C flash drive is not only the reversible plug that helps Type-C devices insert into your devices seamlessly every time, but also the types of devices you can connect to. A benefit I've found personally with USB-C flash drives is the ability to transfer data easily from my phone - as long as you have a phone with a USB-C port. Much easier than connecting the cables or removing the microSD card. 

Samsung USB-C Flash Drive: now $19 at Amazon

Samsung USB-C Flash Drive: now $19 at Amazon (was $31)
A Samsung NAND flash drive with a USB-C interface for zippy file transfer and storage. With up to 400MB/s read speeds, this drive isn't the fastest drive on the market, but it is one of the fastest USB-C drives available - especially at this size. 

The Samsung flash memory stick is a sturdy drive for storing all your valuable data, so don't be afraid to take this flash drive out and about with you on your adventures, as this drive is not only waterproof but also shock-proof, magnet-proof, temperature-proof, and apparently X-ray-proof. With a cap to keep the USB-C port free of dust and damage. This drive is also backed by a 5-year limited warranty from Samsung.

Stewart Bendle
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Stewart Bendle is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.

  • MiniITXEconomy
    I would seriously consider this purchase if I could just keep the front panel's damn usb-c plugin attached to the header on my ITX mobo.
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  • Blytz
    Write speeds are less than 1/3 of the rrad speeds though.
    MiniITXEconomy said:
    I would seriously consider this purchase if I could just keep the front panel's damn usb-c plugin attached to the header on my ITX mobo.
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  • Conor Stewart
    Blytz said:
    Write speeds are less than 1/3 of the rrad speeds though.
    That is pretty normal for devices like this, isn't it?
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  • Avro Arrow
    Ummm, a theoretical limit of 400MB/s isn't exactly exciting. I bought a couple of 64GB Kingston USB3.0 Data Travellers for $5CAD each brand-new (on sale for 1/2 off) at Canada Computers and they have a read/write limit of 5Gb/s. They're $10CAD each now but that's some blazing speed right there! At only 400MB/s, it sounds like these are ones that Samsung is trying to get rid of because they're slow.
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  • Andre-V
    Avro Arrow said:
    Ummm, a theoretical limit of 400MB/s isn't exactly exciting. I bought a couple of 64GB Kingston USB3.0 Data Travellers for $5CAD each brand-new (on sale for 1/2 off) at Canada Computers and they have a read/write limit of 5GB/s. They're $10CAD each now but that's some blazing speed right there! At only 400MB/s, it sounds like these are ones that Samsung is trying to get rid of because they're slow.
    You brought a 64GB USB drive for 5$ that has read/write at 5GB/s? Are you sure you know what you got there?
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  • Avro Arrow
    Andre-V said:
    You brought a 64GB USB drive for 5$ that has read/write at 5GB/s? Are you sure you know what you got there?
    Ah, yeah, no. I did a typo when I did that. I meant to say 5Gb/s, not 5GB/s. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll fix it. That's still 625MB/s though, not huge, but it would take maybe 2 minutes to fill the drive.

    In any case, here's the item's listing at Canada Computers:
    Kingston DataTraveler Exodia M, 64GB USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash DriveWhen I click on the specifications, it says:
    Brand

    Kingston
    Model

    DTXM/64GBCR
    Flash Type

    USB3.2 Flash Drive
    Capacity

    64GB
    Read Speed

    5Gbps
    Write Speed

    5Gbps
    It's currently $10CAD, but it was on for half-price when I bought them. I also bought four TeamGroup 128GB flash drives for $8 each but they're only 100MB/s (which I don't care about because I usually use these things as Windows image backups, and yes, it is 100MB, not Mb). Four 128GB and two 64GB USB3 flash drives cost me under $50CAD with tax included. You really can't go wrong, eh? ;)

    I always read the specs of something that I'm buying before I buy it because the vast majority of the time, I don't buy by brand, I only buy by spec. The only time brand comes into the picture is when there's a brand that I want to avoid (and there's only three of those).
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  • Andre-V
    Avro Arrow said:
    Ah, yeah, no. I did a typo when I did that. I meant to say 5Gb/s, not 5GB/s. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll fix it. That's still 625MB/s though, not huge, but it would take maybe 2 minutes to fill the drive.

    In any case, here's the item's listing at Canada Computers:
    Kingston DataTraveler Exodia M, 64GB USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash DriveWhen I click on the specifications, it says:
    Brand

    Kingston
    Model

    DTXM/64GBCR
    Flash Type

    USB3.2 Flash Drive
    Capacity

    64GB
    Read Speed

    5Gbps
    Write Speed

    5Gbps
    It's currently $10CAD, but it was on for half-price when I bought them. I also bought four TeamGroup 128GB flash drives for $8 each but they're only 100MB/s (which I don't care about because I usually use these things as Windows image backups, and yes, it is 100MB, not Mb). Four 128GB and two 64GB USB3 flash drives cost me under $50CAD with tax included. You really can't go wrong, eh? ;)

    I always read the specs of something that I'm buying before I buy it because the vast majority of the time, I don't buy by brand, I only buy by spec. The only time brand comes into the picture is when there's a brand that I want to avoid (and there's only three of those).
    That's "Gbps" aka Gigabits, not "GB" aka GigaBytes. So, 5Gb is 625MB(MegaBytes) which is the maximum theoretical, in other words the drive will never reach those speeds, but somewhere around 500MB, and that for read. For writing surely they are smaller, but the specs on the drive's page are not correct. So *IF the specs on that page are correct you only get around 500MB on read and at best 200-300MB on read. But the reality is much grimmer - 100MB read and 30MB and write, like in this YT video:

    Pikbpw0VKcMView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pikbpw0VKcM

    Do you really thought you'll get professional performance for just a few bucks?
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  • Avro Arrow
    Andre-V said:
    That's "Gbps" aka Gigabits, not "GB" aka GigaBytes. So, 5Gb is 625MB(MegaBytes) which is the maximum theoretical, in other words the drive will never reach those speeds, but somewhere around 500MB, and that for read. For writing surely they are smaller, but the specs on the drive's page are not correct. So *IF the specs on that page are correct you only get around 500MB on read and at best 200-300MB on read. But the reality is much grimmer - 100MB read and 30MB and write, like in this YT video:

    Pikbpw0VKcMView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pikbpw0VKcM

    Do you really thought you'll get professional performance for just a few bucks?
    You know what's always important to do to avoid looking like a fool? Actually READING the post that you're replying to. The VERY FIRST THING said in the post YOU QUOTED says this:
    "Ah, yeah, no. I did a typo when I did that. I meant to say 5Gb/s, not 5GB/s. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll fix it. That's still 625MB/s though, not huge, but it would take maybe 2 minutes to fill the drive."
    I copied that right out of the quote in YOUR post. All you did was repeat what I said as if I didn't say it. I don't bother being 100% accurate with read/write speeds because they're theoretical limits that no drive will actually do anyway.

    I really don't know what to say to you at this point because you've raised some serious doubts in my mind as to whether or not it would matter. I guarantee you that others will think that you're nutz.
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  • Andre-V
    Avro Arrow said:
    You know what's always important to do to avoid looking like a fool? Actually READING the post that you're replying to. The VERY FIRST THING said in the post YOU QUOTED says this:
    "Ah, yeah, no. I did a typo when I did that. I meant to say 5Gb/s, not 5GB/s. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll fix it. That's still 625MB/s though, not huge, but it would take maybe 2 minutes to fill the drive."
    I copied that right out of the quote in YOUR post. All you did was repeat what I said as if I didn't say it. I don't bother being 100% accurate with read/write speeds because they're theoretical limits that no drive will actually do anyway.

    I really don't know what to say to you at this point because you've raised some serious doubts in my mind as to whether or not it would matter. I guarantee you that others will think that you're nutz.
    You think that if you behave hurtful and agresive will make you feel better because i spoiled your delusions that you got a great drive? Such a child.

    Aside from your childish attempt, facts remains - you brought a cheap drive with appropriate specs, but you see yourself as a fool, because in spite the fact that you read the specs before you buy, you still got tricked, and that sting your inflated ego.
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  • USAFRet
    OK, thats enough sniping at each other.

    This stops right now.
    Reply