Patriot Xporter XT Boost 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive PEF4GUSB
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- The XT Boosts are on FIRE with Blazing Speeds of up to 200x
- Ultimate Survivor of Extreme Conditions, Shock Proof, Washing Machine Proof, Dirt/Dust proof
- Durable water and shock resistant housing
- Compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later
- Lifetime Warranty
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The Patriot Xporter XT Boost USB Flash Drive is many things in one: Fast. Spacious. Durable. Compatible! FAST: Each Xporter XT Boost drive provides read speeds exceeding 200x (30MB/s) providing blistering fast access to your data. This makes Xporter XT Boost perfect for taking presentations, pictures. music and movie media on the go to share with others. SPACIOUS: Available in a range of capacities from 2GB up to 32GB, there is enough room to bring your media library with you! DURABLE: The rubberized housing offers protection from shock (drops) and water damage. We’ve heard of users who have made the mistake of leaving the drive in their jeans pocket and it’s gone through the laundry and survived (data intact) to live another day! COMPATIBLE with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS9, X and later.
The latest addition to the Xporter XT family, the Patriot Xporter XT Boost USB flash drive is many things in one: fast, spacious, durable, and highly compatible. The 4 GB drive offers an extremely fast transfer rate of up to 200x, making it one of the fastest USB flash drives available. As a result, you'll enjoy blistering fast access to your data whether you're transferring movies, photos, music, or other info. The drive is also extremely durable, with a water- and shock-resistant rubberized housing that protects the device from accidental drops, liquid spills, and other mishaps. Perhaps best of all, the Xporter XT Boost works with virtually every modern OS, including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac OS 9, and Mac OS X and later. To use, simply plug and play.
The drive--which is Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compatible (and is backwards compatible to USB 1.1)--is backed by a lifetime warranty.
The 4 GB Xporter XT Boost USB flash drive offers speeds of up to 200x.
- Type: USB flash drive
- Capacity: 4 GB
- Image storage: 3,501 images (3 megapixels), 1,613 images (5 megapixels), 1,347 images (6 megapixels)
- MP3 storage: 4,548 minutes (128 kbps), 3,412 minutes (160 kbps)
- WMA storage: 5,248 minutes (96 kbps), 4,012 minutes (128 kbps)
- Movie storage: N/A
- Driverless compatibility: Windows Me, 2000, XP, and Vista; Mac OS 9.x, OS X, and higher; Linux with USB storage support
- Dimensions: 2.9 by 0.75 by 0.43 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 0.5 ounces
- Warranty: Lifetime
All Patriot Memory products are designed to respond quickly and intelligently to the rapid changes inherent in the technology sector. This commitment to R&D helps Patriot deliver the best-quality memory modules powered by the latest innovative technology. The company's manufacturing process begins with high-quality components and ends with rigorous functional testing to ensure each module's reliability and compatibility. Patriot Memory modules are approved by such leading motherboard and system manufacturers as Intel, Tyan, Supermicro, and Iwill. Patriot is also a member of the Apple Developer Connection, and has earned awards from such leading product review sites as XBit Labs, Anandtech, Tom's Hardware, and Hot Hardware.com.
About Patriot Memory
Established in 1985, Patriot Memory builds a full range of memory module and flash memory products, including Extreme Performance (EP), Signature Lines (SL), and Flash Memory (FM) solutions. The company--which has sales offices located throughout the U.S. and Asia, along with distribution channels throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America--is dedicated to becoming the vendor of choice for the computer and consumer electronics industries, with a commitment to service and quality that exceeds all other brands. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Patriot Memory maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in both Fremont and Taipei, Taiwan.
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I will update my review on the cap status in the future since most rubber caps loosen with age and this one is a pocket gripper. I may epoxy a little leash on it to the body.
Reading so many of these reviews does not help in purchase decisions. Frankly, they drive me nuts. "It was so fast!" "It was so much faster than my old drive!" "Some people are too scientific." "It booted immediately on my Windows... (version)/Mac [computer]." (Please do not take any of these comments as personal attacks on your reviews. I have been hammered in past professional writing to ensure I provide hard, substantive data for any statement I make.)
Can I please have objective data to assist in my purchase decision? The first thing I do is benchmark when I receive a flash drive or flash card. I have returned fakes, counterfeits, and below spec units. Formatting new drives appropriately upon receipt is a smart decision, since it removes any crapware from the manufacturer and any viruses a disgruntled employee could have placed. (Does anyone remember the WordPerfect employee who knew he was going to be fired back around 1990?) Although not a Mac user. I use flash drives for Windows Vista/7 and Linux OS purposes.
Flash "class" is based on write speed. I have included a conversion table toward the end of my review. I am sorry I forgot to specify sequential write testing for my benchmarks. To increase accuracy and reduce extraneous hardware reductions in test results, I do not use USB extension cables and clean format the flash for each test. Here are some hard data for you on the 16 GB Patriot XT Boost I received from Amazon:
Flash Drive/Card Tester 1.16.1
Patriot Memory, PMAP, PMAP 1234; 15271 MB
00:01:30.99 - -------------------------------- New test process started --------------------------------
00:01:31.03 - Started "Writing test data" for drive F: 15271MB, ", Patriot Memory, PMAP, PMAP1234", 512b
00:41:11.94 - Completed "Writing test data" for drive F: 15271MB, ", Patriot Memory, PMAP, PMAP1234", 512b
00:41:11.94 - Tested total 15271.999MB in 0:39:40 with 6.424MB/s (**Class 6**)
00:41:11.94 - Total write errors: Fatal=0, Recoverable=0
00:41:11.95 - Started "Reading and comparing data" for drive F: 15271MB, ", Patriot Memory, PMAP, PMAP1234", 512b
00:52:27.89 - Completed "Reading and comparing data" for drive F: 15271MB, ", Patriot Memory, PMAP, PMAP1234", 512b
00:52:27.91 - Tested total 15271.999MB in 0:11:15 with 22.608 MB/s
00:52:27.91 - Total errors: Read fatal=0, Read recoverable=0; Write fatal=0, Write recoverable=0; Comparsion=0
Warning: Only 15255 of 15256 MByte tested.
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 8.01 MByte/s (**Class 8**)
Reading speed: 24.5 MByte/s
Four sector errors in last block of flash, 2nd Pass: No errors (I did a second pass since the first showed physical errors and it could have been caused by factors outside of the flash, which it was.)
1 Cycle Test, 1:25:44 elapsed
Read: 26.92, 25.50 MB/s
Write: 8.15, 8.12 MB/s (**Class 8**)
Class 2 - 16Mbps - 2MBps - 13X
Class 4 - 32Mbps - 4MBps - 27X
Class 6 - 48Mbps - 6MBps - 40X
Class 8 - 64Mbps - 8MBps - 53X
Class 10 - 80Mbps - 10MBps - 67X
Thank you for reading my review. I hope it helps you. Please approve or disapprove so I know if I should continue writing and submitting results from this several hour process for future drive or card purchases.
I know that my use is hard on the drives and I have killed many flash. So, to be careful, I back up onto several flash drives, plus a Maxtor External hard drive. I have tried many different brands and Patriot XT drives (XT Boost and XT Rage) are by far the best. Remember, I have killed many flash drives, but I have never had any problems with any Patriot drives. Also, I have never had a problem with any PNY drives.
But the Patriot XT drives are MUCH FASTER, so I am gradually switching to only Patriot drives.
The other fact you should know about speed is that the smaller drives are faster, I just tested a Patriot XT Boost 4GB, Patriot XT Boost 8GB, Patriot XT Boost 16GB, Patriot XT Rage 16 GB along with a PNY 8GB and a PNY 16 GB by moving 3GB (one folder containing thousands of documents) of data onto each drive. The Patriot drives are all much faster than the PNY drives, and the Patriot XT Rage is faster than the Patriot XT Boost, but within each brand the smaller drive consistently beat the larger ones in speed. So save your money and buy the smallest drive that will meet your needs. When you grow out of the drive, there will be new ones on the market that will be better and less expensive.
Bottom line: I am buying more Patriot XT flash drives.
Using Flash Memory Tookit v2.0, I got fairly linear read/write speeds using various file sizes (1MB to 15MB). The average write speed was 7.6 MB/s (range of 6.6 - 10.0 MB/s), and average read speed was 21.1 MB/s (range of 20.5 - 22.0 MB/s). These numbers were just very impressive to me.
Using CrystalDiskMark, the average sequential read (23.5 MB/s) and write (11.7 MB/s) were similar to the previous benchmark tool. What impressed me was that the random read/write speeds were also impressive (22.9 MB/s read and 7.3 MB/s write).
TRANSFER OF REAL FILES:
I wanted to see how this drive faired with real files. This is truly how to test a USB flash drive. I transferred files and folders of varying sizes from 3MB (JPEG), 150MB (avi), 400MB (psd), and 1024MB (VOB). Posted values are averages of three independent runs.
TEST 1: Single .avi file (176 MB). This is to simulate transferring small video files similar to those found for iPods and personal videos for Youtube. To copy onto the flash drive (write), it took 14 seconds with a write speed of 12.6 MB/s. To copy from the flash drive (read), it took 9 seconds with a speed of 19.6 MB/s.
TEST 2: Video folder containing 6 files between 7-23 MB large. Copy to the drive took 7 seconds (12.3 MB/s), and copy from the drive took 4 seconds (21.5 MB/s).
TEST 3: Single 1024 MB VOB file. Copy to the drive took 90 seconds (11.4 MB/s), and copy from the drive took 51 seconds (20 MB/s).
TEST 4: Folder of 236 MB total size containing 1000 of the same file type (PDFs) but different sizes (between 11-386 KB). Copy to the drive took 132 seconds (1.8 MB/s), copy from the drive took 30 seconds (7.9 MB/s).
TEST 5: Folder of 209 MB total size 168 files of different types (doc, xls, pdf, jpg, tif, psd, and others) and different sizes (8KB to 4MB). Copy to the drive took 44 seconds (4.8 MB/s), and copy from the drive took 25 seconds (8.4 MB/s).
TEST 6: Same folder as above, but with 10 additional large files (between 10MB to 60MB) and an extra of 230 MB more files (505 MB total size). Copy to the drive took 75 seconds (6.8 MB/s), and copy from the drive took 30 seconds (16.8 MB/s).
Overall, the Patriot XT (16GB) flash drive is very fast for reading and writing files. I use two of these to copy my files to bring home or to my other offices. Its cost has dropped significantly (around $30), making this high-performance flash drive very affordable. I HIGHLY recommend this PATRIOT XT (16GB) flash drive. Truly deserves a 5-star rating IMHO.
Note: I am using this drive exclusively for work. I encrypt these drives with TrueCrypt for peace of mind (in case of loss).