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    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 11th Jan 18, 4:42 PM
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    Flash drive brands?
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    • 11th Jan 18, 4:42 PM
    Flash drive brands? 11th Jan 18 at 4:42 PM
    Is there any other decent brands other than listed below that I know of:
    Kingston
    SanDisk
    Verbatim

    I'm looking at getting a 128GB, I don't want to buy a cheap one from a brand I'm unaware of and it fails or breaks easily, and missing out on any other decent brands..

    Thank you
    Last edited by cjdavies; 11-01-2018 at 6:25 PM.
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    • googler
    • By googler 11th Jan 18, 4:52 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 4:52 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 4:52 PM
    I've got loads of Samsung. All good, no failures.
    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 11th Jan 18, 7:53 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 7:53 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 7:53 PM
    +1 for Samsung, they tend to be good value for money as well.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 11th Jan 18, 9:30 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:30 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:30 PM
    +1 Scandisk
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • pmartin86
    • By pmartin86 12th Jan 18, 9:46 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:46 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:46 AM
    Always foudn the Kingston datatravels to be fairly solid. Cheap too on amazon
    • CardinalWolsey
    • By CardinalWolsey 12th Jan 18, 10:29 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:29 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:29 AM
    I use a combination of Samsung and SanDisk.

    As important (for me) - if buying from Amazon, make sure the particular model you buy is sold by Amazon (and not a third party seller), so you can guarantee (hopefully) it is not a fake (and therefore liable to dataloss, not actually the size you think you're buying even if it reports itself as 128gb etc).
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 12th Jan 18, 3:52 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 3:52 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 3:52 PM
    i'm curious. why do you need 128gb? that's 6 years of my digital content
    "The Holy Writ of Gloucester Rugby Club demands: first, that the forwards shall win the ball; second, that the forwards shall keep the ball; and third, the backs shall buy the beer." - Doug Ibbotson
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 12th Jan 18, 4:47 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 4:47 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 4:47 PM
    i'm curious. why do you need 128gb? that's 6 years of my digital content
    Originally posted by dipsomaniac
    It's way bigger than anything I've got, but I shot 30 seconds of the highest quality video on my camera today and it took up 60MB, so if the OP wants to make their own movie the raw footage is going to take up a lot of space (not that I'd want to keep data on a card anyway).
    • pmartin86
    • By pmartin86 13th Jan 18, 10:24 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 10:24 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 10:24 AM
    i'm curious. why do you need 128gb? that's 6 years of my digital content
    Originally posted by dipsomaniac
    At home I use about 1.7tb of space for my files. We all have different needs!

    Last edited by pmartin86; 13-01-2018 at 10:27 AM.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 13th Jan 18, 11:20 AM
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    I've given up using USB flash drives due to reliability issues (often, though not always, mechanical ones) and I've used most of the major brands at one time or another. The final straw was the failure of a quite expensive Sandisk 128GB. I now use a small external SSD (Transcend) instead which I have found to be faster and, after about a year's use so far, completely reliable.

    Although some believe solid state memory isn't prone to wear, it is and SSDs even that wear out. The quality of cells used in a decent SSD is far higher than in most USB sticks. Overall they are just better made.

    If data security is a priority, then I'd suggest you look at a small portable SSD instead - they're not even hugely more expense than the 'best' thumb drives.
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 13th Jan 18, 5:53 PM
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    If data security is a priority, then I'd suggest you look at a small portable SSD instead.
    Originally posted by A. Badger
    If data security is a priority then you want to have at least TWO current backups to different device types and kept in different locations.

    ALL backup devices will fail; you just don't know when it will happen...
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 13th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
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    A. Badger
    If data security is a priority then you want to have at least TWO current backups to different device types and kept in different locations.

    ALL backup devices will fail; you just don't know when it will happen...
    Originally posted by John Gray
    I didn't suggest otherwise. I was simply answering the OP's question.

    That said, USB sticks are a weak link in any backup strategy.
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