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USB speed and cost comparision

Testing USB thumb drives

First up is one of my favorites, the Lexar 3.0 Orange/white 32g.b. drive.

Secondly, is the Sandisk 3.0 Black/red 32 g.b. drive.

Both drives use the push forward type extension, in order to insert it into a usb slot.

For testing the speed I used a folder with 24 different executable files. It is just a assortment of stuff that I like to use in diagnosing and repairing laptops and pc’s. Before beginning the tests, I formatted each drive using windows explorer. I could clearly see the winner by this simple process. But I wanted to get real numbers, specifically how long it takes to drop 24 different executable files onto the drive.

The results are:

Lexar speed result is 08:24 seconds.

Sandisk came in at 15:22 seconds.

Sandisk are lower priced, found in nearly every retail outlet.

Lexar is more difficult to find. Especially ones with the push forward type extension.

The failure rate is another aspect of determining which drive is better. I have found through servicing customers issues that it’s the Sandisk which is more problematic and has the higher failure rate. This could also be due to there are more Sandisks purchased than Lexar and I am seeing more of them and less Lexars. To be fair, I have not seen a Lexar fail. I know they do, because eventually in time all failure rates go up in percentages.

The bottom line in all of this is cost and speed. I paid $11 for the Sandisk, and $17 for the Lexar.

The Lexar is 47% faster than the Sandisk.

The Lexar is 36% costlier than the Sandisk.

For personal use I would purchase the Lexar. For everything else I would purchase the Sandisk.

Next time I find the Lexar thumb drive, I will stock up.