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18-12-2011, 08:16 AM
Hi guys, it seems all of the usb flash drives I buy seem to fall apart after a realtively short time, the cases fall off or the usb interface comes loose etc.

So I am after advice on what make/models of drives you guys use and if you have found them to last.


Speedy Gonzales
18-12-2011, 08:28 AM
Sounds like someone is too rough with them. I use a corsair blade 8 GB usb flash drive. And its still in one place. I've been using it for the last 1-2 yrs

18-12-2011, 08:30 AM
I personally use two different brands.

one being the Transend - Transend USB (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=385426) and the Imation Nano (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=389605) 4GB drives.

The Imations have a swivel cover that swings out of the way. I have 2 Imations that I use daily, and have done for a couple of years, and they have never had any problems or failures. The transend's have a removable cover that you can easily misplace ( guilty). :D

I do have 4 other drives, but cant remember their brands. I'll see if I can see any name on them, the names are worn off- but I have had those for about 3 years and they go through hell and back and never fail.

One thing a lot of people do is treat flash drives badly, throw them about or drop them. As for breaking the usb interface -- thats usually caused by rough treatment.

18-12-2011, 09:00 AM
I still have a flash drive I bought in 2004 :D

Okay, so its been taken out of the case and the circuitry placed in a LEGO brick, but it still works :p

My main flash drive is a 16GB Transcend drive which I bought because it was USB 3.0 :p

18-12-2011, 09:15 AM
Add to my previous post, the ones that have seen the test of time, one has even been through the washing machine are the ADATA Classic Series C801 (http://www.adata-group.com/index.php?action=product_feature&cid=1&piid=9)

Peter H
18-12-2011, 11:45 AM
Adata from the warehouse stationary. Solid and the connector slides back in. Blue or Red cover - about $20.00 for 8gb

18-12-2011, 04:46 PM
My experiences with ADATA C801...

Still in use though, works well
Just need to be careful about using flash drives for long term storage I guess

18-12-2011, 05:13 PM
Currently I'm using a Kingston DT ultimate G2 and I'm really impressed with it, I guess I haven't had it long enough to know how it will last but it seems solidly built.

In the past I always bought whatever was cheapest for the size I wanted and apart from being a bit slow I've not had much trouble, I have a no name 256Mb drive I couldn't even begin to remember the age of that works fine.
You can buy rugged drives designed to take rough treatment if you find they break a lot.

18-12-2011, 05:41 PM
Two main brands I use are imation and Lexar. I use a pen drive daily and find that they will typically last about 3 years before one day they just die. Remember that they are not all equal in terms of data transfer rates - if you have big files to copy it is worth getting a more expensive faster one.

18-12-2011, 07:43 PM
The should be white. So you can write on them

18-12-2011, 08:14 PM
I have a Kingston 8gb which was left on a carpark over a weekend, got run over and rained on :) still works just fine

18-12-2011, 08:21 PM
kingston = rock solid. Imation are good too. Adata drivers are good apart from the fact they fall apart. Emtech have good cases but the actual memory sticks break before the case does (I give them about 2 weeks :p) and the copy speed is god awful. I had 2x HP ones which I brought to get out of the cases and use. Bad idea, should have gone with another brand ended up literaly sawing into the plastic. They looked something like this: http://www.memorycardgb.com/wp-content/uploads/aes/Flash-Memory-Cards-USB-Flash-Drives-Memory-Sticks_2443.jpg (not the exact same model).

18-12-2011, 08:43 PM
I have 2 Sandisk ones a Cruzer and a Cruzer blade but for some reason the one I use the most is a DSE branded one

18-12-2011, 08:58 PM
I can vouch for Corsair's 16GB Flash Voyager USB 3.0 - 5 Year Warranty. Currently $55 if you look around. Ruggedly built.