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Off the Mark
on February 12, 2012
OK folks. I have 3 USB flash drives. A Corsair Survivor 8 gig, The Transcend 16 gig being reviewed and a Memorex 32 gig which is physically the smallest. It's only 2 1/4" long with its cap on!
So I decided to compare the 3 by writing a 3.84 gig video file to all the drives. I used the simple 'Send to' in the context menu. Results: Memorex was first at 7:28 followed closely by the Corsair at 7:59. The Transcend fell way off the mark at 11:28, a full 4 minutes slower than the Memorex drive.
Then I used a program called Eraser that overwrites the file. This is very similar to read speed as it must read what it's overwriting. Again the Memorex drive was the quickest at 8:19. The Transcend did it in 11:32. Almost exactly the time it too to write it. So read and write speed of the Transcend are identical. What about the Corsair you ask? Unbelievable even too me, it took 24:32 to read it!! That's more than 3 times longer than it took to write the file!
In summary, the Transcend drive is 'decent', but don't expect it to be as fast as other drives you may possess. I have had no issues with the slider, however the plug fits very loosely in the USB port and can loose contact if you are not careful. I think a lot of people complaining about the slider must play with them, causing it to wear out prematurely.