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Deserves a 1 star, and I don't do many 1 star reviews.
on February 20, 2013
Item is most likely defective and should function better. Quality control must not be of the best quality at Patriot, seems to be more negative experiences with these drives then positive ones. Used 2 Windows machines with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports to confirm that the drive is not functioning correctly.
I own several USB 3.0 flash drives and I'm not even sure how many USB 2.0 flash drives. This thing is as slow as some of my USB 2.0 flash drives. At times this drive seems happy and runs a little faster, but it doesn't even come close to some of my other cheaper USB 3.0 flash drives.
- Good price
- Amount of storage space
- USB 2.0 speeds are on par with other USB 2.0 drives
- The drive becomes hot, not warm. (aluminum housing will dissipate heat making it possible to feel the heat radiating from the electronics, but the heat radiating from this drive is not normal.) I have an aluminum Corsair Survivor, and it emits a fraction of the heat this Patriot does.
- BENCHMARKED USB 3.0 speeds are from low 20 MB to 28 MB a second READ, and 9 to 11 MB WRITE. I have USB 2.0 drives that perform the same using USB 3.0 ports.
- REAL WORLD USB 3.0 SPEEDS are a lot worse. Coping files to and from the drive found that the drive runs a lot slower in the real world compared to BENCHMARK results. At an average the drive gets 11 to 15 MB a second READ and 5 to 7 MB WRITE speeds. Doesn't even come close to my other USB 3.0 flash drives. Very disappointing! *These results might be due to some sort of defect with the Patriot drive, but if these are the normal REAL WORD speeds to be expected... buy yourself a good quality USB 2.0 or spend more money with a different manufacturer so you would at least get some USB 3.0 speeds.
- Drive drops out (disconnects) intermittently when transferring larger sums of files. That is not a good sign, can't trust it to last long.
To conclude I am shopping and testing out various inexpensive USB 3.0 drives. The drive needs to meet some very simple and humble criteria.
- Needs to be inexpensive (so if I misplace it or it gets stolen, I will not be out a large sum of cash).
- Needs to be at least 64 gigs.
- Needs to READ and WRITE at about double the speed of my USB 2.0 drives.
- Needs to be reliable