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What's the best USB Flash drive for boot drive

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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?
 
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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/