Best USB drives for fast data transfer [2020 Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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With so many file and data storage methods available today, it is so easy to forget the little USB flash drive that served us for quite some time before external hard drives, SSDs and cloud storage came on the scene.

However, the USB flash drive has the proverbial nine lives, and it seems it’s not going into oblivion like its predecessor, the floppy disk.

SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 USB flash drive

  • Easy transfer of files from one computer to another
  • Ideal for storing media (photos, videos) and digital files
  • Fast data write speeds
  • No protection from dust, water, or pressure

This 32GB, USB 2.0 flash drive’s features include password protection and file encryption to keep your private files protected in terms of access.

Its SecureAccess software gives you additional protection through a secure online backup of up to 2GB, through YuuWaa.

This lets you store your media and digital files to access them anywhere, on the go.

 

  • USB is sturdy enough to stand heavy use
  • High-speed data transfer and backup
  • Backward compatibility with USB 2.0
  • 5-proof technology
  • Its shape can be inconvenient as it can cover neighboring ports if stacked closely together

This little USB flash drive comes highly recommended by its users, and it takes the coveted top slot on the best seller ranks among its peers. It’s quality metallic build, ergonomic design, and natural feel make for an easy grip and stress-free use.

It is the epitome of form and function in flash drives and delivers high performance, guaranteed reliability, and protection for your data.

Some of its salient features include its high-quality metal casing with a key ring, NAND flash technology, and high-speed performance for data transfer. What makes it unique is that it is waterproof, shockproof, and also can resist high temperatures.

This flash drive comes in three capacity sizes: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

 

  • An excellent compact FIT Plus USB flash drive
  • Quick read speeds up to 300MB/s
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Other drives that cost less offer about the same write speed

What makes this drive such a gem is you can go with it anywhere knowing it is protected with its rugged outer protective casing, which keeps your data and files safe from occasional drops.

The Samsung BAR Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive comes with a 128.0 GB digital storage capacity.

Its interesting key ring design it’s also very practical in making sure that you will not lose it.

  • A USB 3.0 technology to transfer and store large files
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 host devices
  • Can hold approximately 5,632 songs
  • Seems to be pretty slow downloading from computer to USB

This little metal-bodied flash drive comes with a storage capacity of 128 GB, which is pretty huge if you look at its minute build.

Its casing makes for great durability and being an HP product, you can have guaranteed reliability, and rest assured that your data is both safe, and accessible.

With this drive, you can also safely keep all your documents, media, and digital files, including videos, music, and photos.

  • Comes with a 160 GB capacity
  • 360 degrees rotating aluminum cover, protecting the USB port
  • Compatible with USB 2.0, backward USB 1.1
  • Could break easily

If you need more than one USB flash drive, then get this Enfain 10 flash drive pack that comes with 10 USB flash drives. Each has a different color, so it’s easier to know which flash drive is used for what purpose.

The USB flash drives require no setup, simply plug them into your laptop and you’ll be able to access, transfer or store data. The 16GB memory capacity should be enough for the average user.

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PNY Pro Elite USB flash drive

This sleek metal bodied flash drive comes with a storage capacity of up to 512GB, which is pretty huge compared to other such gadgets.

It has been hailed for its blazingly fast data read speeds of up to 400MB/s, and write speeds of up to 180MB/s – quite the speed if you compare it with other flash drives.

It comes with a quality metal build with a unique design and a plastic sheath that covers its port when not in use.

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SanDisk Flash Cruzer Glide USB flash drive

This flash drive provides reliable and safe storage for your important documents including media and digital files, with available capacities of up to 256GB.

Its SecureAccess software ensures you get password protection and file encryption to keep your private files protected.

A 2GB secure online storage is offered with this flash drive to ensure added protection, and convenience so you can easily backup and access your files from any web browser. Simply drag and drop your files into the drive’s vault and they’ll be safe and protected.

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Netac 128GB USB 3.0

Don’t let the size of this tiny flash drive fool you into thinking you can’t rely on it.

If you’re looking for an ultra‐small high‐speed USB 3.0 flash drive to pair with your notebook, look no further.

Netac 128GB supports reading speeds of up to 150MB/s and is faster than standard USB 2.0 flash drives. If you’re worried about keeping your files private, you can rely on the pre-loaded SanDisk SecureAccess software to do that.

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Have you found the USB flash drive that suits your needs from this list? Share with us more in the comments section. We’d also love to hear about your experience with any of these flash drives.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.