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What's the best USB Flash drive for boot drive

Discussion in 'Storage' started by Asylum, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Asylum

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    What's the best USB Flash drive for boot drive.

    Looking to pick up a good usb flash drive for class to learn how to make a bootable flash drive for windows and linux.

    Price is not much of a factor, What's the best 32 or 64 gig bootable drive out there?
     
  2. silkstone

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    Any USB 3.0 Drive should do you well. I have a kingmax usb that does around 15 mb/s write and 80 mb/s read.

    Linky to benchmarks: Kingmax PD-09 16GB USB 3.0 Test Spped . - YouTube

    Edit - apparently this on is capable of 100/20 - USB KingMax Urban Series UD-09 16GB USB 3.0
     
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    my server runs off a pair of sandisk cruzers and i have never had a problem with them. not the fastest but very reliable.
     
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    Can comPuters boot from USB3 controllers yet? Or is it only native USB3 controllers that are bootable?
     
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    The Kingston HyperX 3.0 USB is essentially an mSATA SSD with a USB3 interface. And while a bit expensive, it's not overly so. It's about as fast as you can get, without resorting to a SSD + SATA -> USB3 enclosure.

    Booting from USB3 is usually not a problem when your OS supports it. If you're booting/installing in UEFI mode, you're pretty much set. Legacy boot will require slipstreaming of USB3 drivers, if they're not natively present in the OS. I believe Win8 will boot from any USB3, while Win7 usually won't (without driver integration), unless it's an early Etron or TI controller.
     
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    I do have a Mushkin Ventura Pro USB3 32gb. has about 120mb/s read, and 70MB/s write. Quite fast for the price.
     
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    Go with USB 3.0. Even though if your computer still has a 2.0 still, get the 3.0. I would also recommend the Sandisk Extreme model. Kingston also has a lot of good reviews. You might as well go with a 64GB since it does not cost that much more.

    Found this article which compares USB flash drives:
    http://deviceraters.com/top-3-usb-flash-drive/
     

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