I was moving a larger folder, 5.48 gb, to a hard drive and decided to do some speed tests. Which is faster – a hard drive or a thumb drive? I got very mixed results.
Here’s my summary right up front – don’t buy USB 2 Thumb Drives. – mine was seven times slower than the USB 3 drive.
Here are my results from the 5.48 gb folder I transferred.
|78 seconds||Hard Drive USB 3||Only twice as fast as USB 2 – a bit disappointing.|
|165 seconds||Hard Drive USB 2|
|14 minutes 39 seconds||SanDisk Thumb Drive USB 2||Terrible ! Note – I tried the suggestion to change the setting to Optimize performance and the time was almost identical. Cost is $30.00|
|123 seconds||PNY USB 3||Gigantic time difference between this and the SanDisk. Cost for 64 gb is $25.00|
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