Am no expert USB ‘Techie‘ but I do know what ‘Desktop Duty‘ is — it is the performance I expect from ‘My Computers‘, other hardware, my OS, and other software (to a lesser degree).
When I transfer a 4.46 GB Redcore.Linux.Hardened.2301.Sirius.KDE.amd64.iso from a download folder to a 128 GB USB (NTFS format), I don’t like waiting for 2-3 minutes – or more in some cases. Here’s an example of the different Write speeds between a 128 GB SanDisk Ultra and a 128 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO®:
The Ultra took 118 seconds. The Extreme Pro took 14 seconds. Write speeds are more important for me than Read speeds – What are USB Read and Write speeds?:
Speed is a critical factor when choosing computer hardware, and Flash Drives are no different. Put simply, a ‘Read speed’ is how long it takes to open a file from your Flash Drive. A ‘Write speed’ is how long it takes to save something to that same Flash Drive.
Here are some more examples of the speed differences in USBs, using CrystalDiskMark8 benchmark software…
SanDisk Ultra Fit 128 GB USB 3.1:
Samsung FIT Plus 128 GB USB 3.1:
SanDisk Ultra 128 GB USB 3.0:
SanDisk Extreme PRO® 128 GB USB 3.2:
I test a lot of Linux Distros, and a faster Write speed will help me in those tests – gotta love my new SanDisk Extreme PRO®!!! 😁👍👏👌
The ‘SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro USB 3.2 Gen 1 Solid State Flash Drive, Speed up to 420MB/s (SDCZ880-128G-G46)‘ cost me $39.99 from Newegg – wid $2.80 in Tax ‘n Free shipping it was $42.79 total. Expensive, but if Write speed is important to you then the price is well worth it, IMHO.
I have over 30 different USBs that will no longer be transferring large files — what else can I say!?! 😊
Well, I do use a 500 GB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 for backing up my main Data, and a 500 GB Samsung Portable SSD T7 as a second backup device (backing up backups), but they are not ‘Desktop Duty‘ USBs. 😉