"This drive is NOT that slow...you can make it fast"4.5 starson by dumplings726
Pros: Very compact, nice design imo, lanyard
Cons: I didnt like U3 but some might
Summary: I just wanted a decent USB drive for a reasonable price so i got this drive. At first I was somewhat annoyed not because of the U3 partition but because of the agonizingly slow write speed (read speed is lightning quick). I was about to return it but I was lazy and instead tried tweaking it a bit. I removed U3 with the uninstaller that sandisk has online and then formated it to FAT (not FAT32 since the limitations of FAT dont affect this drive). I tried NTFS but FAT was much faster.
I clocked around 8-9Mb/s with single file writing and around 3-5Mb/s for folders with MANY small files. XP is very slow in writing many small files because by default it doesnt have a writing cache (which is good if you just want to pull out your USB drive instead of using "safely remove hardware"). The read speed was still extremely fast, I didnt clock but I'm guessing around 15Mb/s or faster? I'm pretty satisfied because I just moved a 900Mb file from my desktop at work to my computer at home in less than 2 min.
I haven't tried other options but I've looked around. I bet the ones that say 15mb/s write speed are probably faster but I don't really want to spend that kind of money for something thats meant to be inexpensive. I mean I'd rather buy a disk drive than flash memory if I needed that kind of performance.Updated
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