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SanDisk Extreme 16 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive SDCZ80-016G-X46
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- Exceptional file transfer speeds up to 190 MB/s read and 55 MB/s write
- Drives up to 16GB can hold your most important data
- Password protection with SanDisk SecureAccessTM Software
- USB 3.0 enabled for super-fast transfer speeds
- Backward compatible with USB 2.0
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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.Read more ›
-- 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!
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.
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
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.
The speed test is as follows:
SanDisk Extreme 3.0:
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I like sandisk usb drives generally, I had several other brands previously (Kingston, Hp, transcend etc) .. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laozee
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I love this thing. I use it all the time to transfer 1 to 4 GB files, and it flies when I use my USB 3.0 port.
It's plastic, but feels sturdy. Read more
Speed is great, as is the price. I'm satisfied with my purchase but would have preferred a product that felt more substantial and less prone to damage. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer