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SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 SSD

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WD’s SanDisk division is introducing what the company calls its fastest USB flash drive in the Extreme Pro USB 3.1 SSD. SanDisk is positioning the 256GB drive as offering true SSD-class performance in an external drive that will be ideal for anyone who creates and transports large files.

The Extreme Pro USB 3.1 SSD offers read performance of up to 420 megabytes per second reads, and write speeds of up to 380MBs. That’s good enough to transfer a full-length 4K movie in less than 15 seconds, according to SanDisk. The USB 3.1 interface provides the interface speed necessary to simply plug in the drive and start working without fussing with a cable.

Sven Rathjen, VP of marketing for WD’s Client Solutions Business Unit, describes the new flash drive. “The combination of SSD performance and a compact USB form factor offers the ultimate performance and convenience for moving files easily and quickly. With its increased capacity and blazing speeds, the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive is our sleekest, most powerful SanDisk USB device yet.”

The 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 SSD will be available later in January 2017 at Amazon and Best Buy, for $180. It also comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software for 128-bit file encryption and password protection, and an aggressive limited lifetime warranty.

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