What’s the Best USB Flash Drive to Buy?


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I don’t think that I’ve heard heard anyone say “dang… I have too much capacity on my Flash drive”. You can never have too much space in my opinion. About a year ago I bought a 2GB Flash drive. What’s the highest capacity USB drive you have owned? Most of our chatters indicated that they own about a 2GB. I happen to have a 32GB Corsair Flash drive in my hot little hands. After the rebate, it was only $100.00. Of course, I found a coupon to help.

As time passes, flash drives get cheaper and cheaper, and even as we speak, prices are ridiculous, but they keep going down. When I say “ridiculous,” I think about those days, not so long ago, when a 128Mb USB drive was worth a little fortune. Now, for that price, you can get a 8GB drive, and also get drunk. Anyway, instead of getting drunk, maybe you could also consider buying a…32GB drive?

The Corsair Flash Voyager family of USB drives are rugged, stylish, compact, and reliable, making them ideal for transporting MP3s, digital images, presentations and more. Flash Voyager drives are fully Plug and Play with most operating systems and are backward compatible with USB 1.1.

The Corsair Flash Voyager family is comprised of two outstanding products. The Flash Voyager GT is designed from the ground up for speed, optimizing transfer rates of both reads and writes, while Flash Voyager provides a durable USB drive in large capacities.

The Flash Voyager and Flash Voyager GT are enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber housing. Boasting water-resistant properties, these drives allow users to carry more valuable data and applications without compromise. Several reviews of the Flash Voyager products have demonstrated the ruggedness, durability, and reliability of the Flash Voyager family. The Flash Voyager has been shown laundered, baked, frozen, boiled, dropped, and even run over by a SUV in many third party reviews. After all the punishment it receives, the drive continues to work.

If you don’t like the U3 software, you can download the uninstaller from their website. I have about 9GB of apps on my Mac. I think I may keep these on this drive, so I can use them on other machines without having to download or install. I’ve always been happy enough with Corsair to spend the money and try it out. It was well worth what I spent, for sure.

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12 thoughts on “What’s the Best USB Flash Drive to Buy?”

  1. I own a Patriot 8GB Xporter XT 150X USB 2.0 Pen Drive. One of the, if not the fastest USB Stick I’ve ever owned. Love it. I have about 3 gig of portable apps collected from several online sites (http://www.portablefreeware.com/) using PStart for the menu. I also have all my standard install apps for when setting up a new pc with open source windows software….

  2. Yo Chris,
    I would surely go out and get the Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Flash Drive you are talking about for $30, if I could find a coupon.
    Do you have any?
    Thanks,
    Phil

  3. I clicked on your link for the Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Flash Drive and it brought me to Amazon.com which offered the Flash Drive for $94.92.

    I’d have jumped on the purchase if I saw any way that I could have obtained a 32GB Drive for anywhere close to what you stated but $94.92 is a bit out of reach for me.

    I also clicked on your coupon link and the resulting screen stated that there were no coupons available.

  4. I got several of the 8 GB drives to run on my Asus Eee. Even have a 4 GB I got from one of the warehouse stores for about $20 to keep about 850 MP3’s on for playing through my Xbox 360.

    Am just waiting for the 64 GB+ drives to come out & be reasonably priced (about $30-50 US). When the main 4 GB drive on the Eee goes…just run one of these.

  5. I have a Gigabank ™ 6GB by I/O Magic … Its about the size of a Zippo Lighter and much larger than that 32 GB “stick.” This Gigabank has a flip out “metal part” … Plug?? … that is fairly trim and turns so it can reach into some of the sockets I find to be out of reach. Mostly, I use this to move photos.

  6. I used a lot of different usb Flash drives of any size, from 8 mb to 8 gb, and i noticed that even if sizes are getting bigger and bigger every day performances are still embarrassing.
    It would be very interesting to build a usb Flash drives performance database

  7. I’m certain you’ve made up your mind on the subject however
    IRONKEY with AES encryption is a real jewel.

  8. I have a SanDisk cruzer 2 GB USB Drive and it has the U3 software, which I hate. I got that uninstaller and at last it is gone. Thanks for passing this post along Chris!

  9. Everyday price at local Micro Center w/o any rebate: 32GB 79.99, 16GB 39.99, 8GB 19.99, 4GB 11.99, 2GB 7.99, 1GB 5.99. I live 8 miles from one to the east and one to the west.

  10. Hey Chris, I am thinking of buying this drive. Its 49$ on newegg after a mail in rebate. Read lots of reviews that the drive has very slow write speeds and is prone to failure. Now that you have had the drive for 6 months, what do you think? I definitely dont want to lose my data to a defective drive.

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