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SanDisk Extreme 16 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive SDCZ80-016G-X46

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Experience Accelerated File Transfer and BackupThe SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive packs unparalleled transfer speeds and generous capacity into a pocket-sized package. Boasting data transfer rates up to 190MB/s, this USB flash drive can transfer files up to ten times faster than an ordinary USB 2.0 flash drive. And with up to 64GB of storage capacity, the drive can accommodate all your important personal files and documents.

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Product Dimensions 0.8 x 2.8 x 0.5 inches
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer SanDisk
ASIN B007YXA5S8
Item model number SDCZ80-016G-X46
Batteries 1 C batteries required.
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4.5 out of 5 stars 247 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,838 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > USB Flash Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 9, 2012

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Before settling on the sandisk extreme, I looked at ALL the available options on the market for the past 2 years, from cheap little usb sticks, to actual stick format SSD's with big name controllers like SandForce under the hood. Most were either too expensive overall regardless of performance, or not worth looking at due to lack of performance.

Somehow I stumbled on this one while browsing around, and thankfully someone posted some benchmarks that showed the 4k read/write performance, which caught my eye. The 4k read/write numbers on these extreme 3.0 sticks are in another league compared to the competition, and while not up to the levels you would expect from a modern SSD, they're beyond respectable for a USB stick.

So I bought the 16GB model, and upon arrival instead of playing with benchmarks I set out to see why these things are so fast in ways other than large file transfer (which I don't care about, I never use these for storing large files but for booting operating system installation disks or live USB systems, cases where 4k performance matters).

So what did I find? This stick is essentially a single NAND device (probably with multiple die inside) paired with the same controller found on Sandisks U100 SSDs. While they aren't the leader of the pack, that controller is obviously FAR better than your standard USB stick flash management controller. So quite literally we have an SSD on a stick here.
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I purchased this device specifically so that I could create bootable media such as:

-- Using "Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool" to make Windows 8 installable from this USB drive
-- Using Live USB creators like "unetbootin" in order to make Linux installable from this USB drive

Neither work. This is because SanDisk has decided to set the firmware (which in not changeable by the user) such that this device identifies as a "fixed disk". Most other USB drives identify as a "removable disk". The above USB installer programs require the device to be a "removable disk". Therefore, you cannot use this USB drive to install Windows or Linux. Very frustrating. Newer PC's don't even come with optical drives, so the only way to load an operating system is via USB drive and this drive doesn't allow it!
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February 4, 2014
Hi Dan,

My name is Allen from SanDisk Support. I appreciate your feedback. For a limited period in 2013, SanDisk USB Flash drives were produced with Fixed Disk configuration. At the end of 2013 SanDisk reverted to producing USB Flash Drives with Removable Disk configuration". For detailed information, please feel free to contact SanDisk support at 1-866-SANDISK or submit a support request at www.sandisk.com/support.

Thank you,
Allen,
SanDisk Support.
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Apparently there are two version of this drive floating around:
One mounts as a fixed drive (for windows 8 compliance)
Other one mounts as a regular USB drive

Sandisk originally had them mount as USB, then switched to fixed, then switched to USB again.
The problem with this is twofold:
Windows 8 users have to have the fixed disk version in order for the drive to be W8 compliant
Non windows 8 users have to have the USB version in order to be able to create a bootable drive (windows install disc, Unbuntu, OPenelec etc)

there is no way to tell what you are getting, the item numbers are exactly the same - total crapshoot, if you get the wrong version you are SOL as Sandisk will not exchange/RMA the item for you since it's not technically broken. Buyer beware
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February 4, 2014
Hi Emily Moffett,

My name is Allen from SanDisk support. For a limited period in 2013, SanDisk USB Flash drives were produced with Fixed Disk configuration. At the end of 2013 SanDisk reverted to producing USB Flash Drives with Removable Disk configuration". For detailed information, please contact SanDisk support at 1-866-SANDISK or submit a support request at www.sandisk.com/support.

Thank you,
SanDisk Support.
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I got both the Lexar Triton and the Sandisk Extreme 3.0, both 16GB version because the 32GB is a bit expensive.

The speed test is as follows:

Lexar Triton:
94MB/s read
75MB/s write

SanDisk Extreme 3.0:
99MB/s read
60MB/s write

The test file is a 1.5GB file, and both USB drives are in FAT32 format as it is shipped.
A Macbook Pro Retina with 256GB SSD was used to do the speed test.
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I have 3 of these, 2 16g and 1 32g.

Pros: Fastest USB stick I have ever used.

Cons: If you plan to boot anything from USB, the stick may or may not appear as usb device. Depending on when your stick was manufactured. And there is no way for you to know ahead of time if you get a good one or a bad one. You can tell when you plug it in, if it shows up in windows as removable device it's ok. If it shows up as a hard drive it is not (and only eject it from the "safely remove" toolbar icon).

If you do have the "removable" version, you may suddenly be unable to mount it at all. I have a Vaio Pro 13 where this stick used to work, but no longer does and I have a Dell latitude E6430 where it works just fine. I have no idea how this happened.
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February 27, 2014
Hi T. Hagland,

My name is Allen from SanDisk support. I appreciate your feedback. In mid-2013 SanDisk changed production of Cruzer USB Drives to show up as fixed disk to meet a requirement for Windows 8 certification. At the end of 2013, SanDisk reverted back to producing Cruzer USB Drives as removable disk. There is no tool available to change SanDisk Cruzer USB Drives between fixed and removable disk configuration. SanDisk Cruzer USB Drives in removable disk configuration will be available again shortly in retail outlets.

Unfortunately, SanDisk Technical support has no way to identify by the packaging or reseller stock whether the drive will show up as fixed or removable disk. For further information, please contact SanDisk support at 1-866-SANDISK or submit a support request at www.sandisk.com/support.

Thank you,
Allen,
SanDisk Support
I decided to do the review for this drive instead of adding all the info I collected inside someone's else review as a comment.

This is hands down the fastest USB 3.0 drive in the market right now. I own the 64GB version. Its 4k random read/write performance is unmatched by any USB 3 drive. Not even close. Its twice as fast as the nearest competition in 4k random write. 4k random read/write is what matters when you are reading/writing many small files like during the OS boot sequence or like unpacking Linux kernel sources or copying a large number of photos or songs.

Sequential speeds match the specs. I booted Windows specifically to run CrystalDiskMark and the results are pretty much inline with what other reviewers have reported. You can get a glimpse of those at: [...]

I have been using this drive under Linux and it works like an SSD. You can do smartctl on it using "smartctl -a -d sat /dev/sdb" and "hdparm" will allow to do secure erase if needed.
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