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SanDisk launches 240MB/s USB flash drive

SanDisk launches 240MB/s USB flash drive

SanDisk's Extreme Pro USB 3.0 offers 128GB of storage at speeds of up to 260MB/s read and 240MB/s write.

SanDisk has officially launched what it claims is the ultimate in USB flash drives, in the form of the 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0.

Designed for those who not only need a decent-sized wodge of storage in their pocket at all times but who also require said storage to be blisteringly fast, the premium pen-drive boasts a USB 3.0 connection in order to offer peak performance. Unlike typical USB 3.0 flash drives that peter out at around 100MB/s, however, SanDisk's latest boasts figures more readily associated with entry-level to mid-range SATA-connected SSDs: 260MB/s read and 240MB/s write.

'The SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 drive offers world-class performance for technology aficionados who demand high-speed, durability and peace of mind that their files will be safe,' claimed SanDisk's Philippe Willams at the unveiling. 'We are excited to be expanding our USB 3.0 solutions, and this is another example of our efforts to enable consumers with fast access to content and data.'

Initially, the drive will be available in 128GB capacity only with SanDisk likely to see how demand goes before producing larger versions. The family will all include the usual features of premium pen drives, with SanDisk SecureAccess bundled to provide password protection and 128-bit AES encryption and an aluminium casing designed to protect the drive in transit.

Performance doesn't come cheap, however: pricing has been confirmed at £149.95 in the UK, putting it considerably above the level of an admittedly less-portable 128GB 2.5" SATA drive in a USB 3.0 housing.

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Anfield 12th February 2014, 14:53 Quote
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pricing has been confirmed at £149.95 in the UK, putting it considerably above the level of an admittedly less-portable 128GB 2.5" SATA drive in a USB 3.0 housing.

If it was only a 128GB you could get for less, but you can actually get a 240GB Crucial M500 in a USB 3.0 housing for £125.98.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-028-CR
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-014-AK

So yep, SanDisk is def asking way too much.
theshadow2001 12th February 2014, 17:36 Quote
Is that a wodge of storage in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
RichCreedy 12th February 2014, 22:03 Quote
Not sure I would be happy to carry that around, USB sticks are so easy to loose
play_boy_2000 12th February 2014, 22:29 Quote
I'd rather go with a eSATAp (powered) adapter ($6 from china) and a regular SSD. Some of the SSD PCB's take up such a small space that you could easily hack it into something much smaller than a standard 2.5" case.
Anfield 14th February 2014, 01:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by theshadow2001
Is that a wodge of storage in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

If you need compact then make sure you have a smartphone with a removable battery, the battery compartment is usually big enough that you can use it to store one or more extra microSD cards.
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