If you need to back up valuable files or make sure you never lose priceless memories, a convenient solution is to use a flash drive. Unfortunately, if you plan to store hundreds of gigabytes or more, you probably can’t pick a flash drive up at any convenience store.
We’ve gone through and run comparison tests on some of the most extensive flash drives on the market, and our team has compiled the results.
Note: Many cheap flash drives boasting of incredibly high storage capacities are scams filled with malware. Always buy from a trusted brand and seller, and be wary of prices that seem suspiciously low, or older USB 2.0 standards that won’t work well with today’s computers.
Hard drives and storage
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe (1TB)
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe is one of the highest-capacity flash drives on the market. Outside its capacity, what makes this drive unique is its swiveling dual connector: USB-C at one end and USB-A at the other end. That makes it perfect for transferring files between PCs, mobile devices, and more.
Yet despite its cool dual connectivity, SanDisk’s drive only offers read and write speeds up to 150MBps, making it the slowest flash drive on our list. It does support the SanDisk Memory Zone app though, which automatically backs up your data to the drive.
Corsair Flash Voyager GTX (1TB)
Serving as one of Corsair’s largest flash drives to date, the Flash Voyager GTX features a rugged zinc-alloy housing with aluminum accents for a “premium” presentation. It’s designed for USB-A ports supporting 5Gbps transfers, with most reviews pegging the drive’s performance at around 440MBps. That’s nearly the speed of a decent 2.5-inch SSD.
If the price is too steep, you can get this drive in 512GB, 256GB, and 128GB capacities with similar read and write speeds. Corsair’s other flash drives with a 1TB capacity include the Flash Survivor Stealth and the Flash Voyager GT.
Patriot Supersonic Rage Elite (1TB)
While Corsair aims for a premium look, Patriot’s Supersonic Rage Elite takes a more artistic approach utilizing a red and black theme along with ridges and rounded angles. The USB-A connector retracts into the drive’s rubber-coated housing, eliminating the need for a cap, and eliminating the possibility of losing a cap.
The appearance of this flash drive might catch your attention, but it’s worth it to note that it doesn’t quite measure up to Corsair as far as speed goes. In terms of speed, The Patriot can read data at 400MBps and write data at 300MBps. Of course, this is while using a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port. If 1TB of storage is excessive for you, this model is also available in 512GB, 256GB, and 128GB.
Arcanite USB 3.1 Flash Drive (1TB)
The USB 3.1 drive from Arcanite boasts a 1TB capacity and middle of the road speeds at 200MBs write speeds and 400MBs read speeds. In terms of the design of this stick, we’re definitely fans.
It includes a little notch for hooking it to a band and a cap for protecting the drive against dust if you want to carry it in your pocket. When you remove the cap, you can lock it into the USB stick’s back so it won’t go missing. The drive is eXFAT pre-formatted.
PNY Pro Elite (1TB)
This 1TB flash drive from PNY Pro Elite functions with a retractable USB-A adaptor. You can use it by firmly grasping the drive’s silver aluminum housing, then pulling the blue-grey key loop to retract the connector.
With read speeds of up to 400MBps and write speeds of only 250MBps, this drive is one of the slowest on the list, even if it does support USB 3.1 Gen 1 and older.
As with the other models, you can get smaller capacities in the Pro Elite lineup: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. It’s formatted to exFAT out of the box, so you may want to reformat the drive to increase its access time on Windows 10.
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