A USB drive, popular for its “key chain” size, provides a convenient means of transferring data between computers or as a user backup. With a capacity of 2GB to 256GB, a USB drive has a greater amount of storage than CDs or DVDs, albeit less than an external hard drive. However , its advantages include a smaller size and longer durability than a hard disk drive as it does not have any internal moving components . Corsair Flash Voyager
Flash Voyager has read speeds of 34MB/s (megabytes per second) and write speeds of 28MB/sec, according to Corsair. The unit, protected by water resistant rubber, comes with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage. Although available on Windows, Macintosh and Linux, users can only use the encryption software included on PCs and must download it for other operating systems.
Transcend JetFlash 600
the JetFlash 600, available in 4GB to 32GB, has read speeds up to 32MB/s and write speeds of up to 18MB/s, according to Transcend. Users can download free JetFlash Elite data management tools, allowing them to automatically log in to online accounts and lock the computer from illegitimate access temporarily. The JetFlash 600 is compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
Patriot Xporter XT boost
The Xporter XT read speeds of more than 30MB/s according to Patriot, but they don’t report write speeds. Offered in 2GB to 32GB capacity, the Xporter XT is protected from shock and water by its rubber casing, and usable on Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
The OCZ Spyder has a slide-top feature for protection, instead of a cap that users might lose. It has available capacities from 2GB to 8GB, and has read speeds of 21-35MB/sec, according to OCZ, though they don’t provide write speeds. It supports true plug-and-play on Macintosh OS X.
by Super Talent Pico
Pico series USB drives have up to 30MB/s of data transfer, according to Super Talent. They measure – 3.8 cm by 1.25 cm – making them light weight, less than 6 g. Available from 2GB to 32GB, the Picos also have water resistance and hot plug-and-play capability.
The S200, available in capacities from 1GB to 16GB, supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It has up to 27MB/s read speed and 24MB/s write speeds, according to IronKey. With dimensions 75mm -by -19mm -by-9mm, it weighs 25g.
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