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USB 3.0 & 3.1

The “next level” step up in the portable drive storage market is being flooded by USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 flash drives. These memory sticks jump ahead of USB 2.0 by offering much faster write speeds with significantly more storage capacity.

Without getting too far into the technical weeds, USB 3.0 advances beyond USB 2.0 with write speeds up to 10 times faster. This was achieved because of advancements in how USB 3.0 and 3.1 can accept and send data at the same time during transfer. USB 3.0 flash drives hit the market in 2009. By 2014, USB 3.1 arrived and doubled record write speeds for these drives.

Each USB 3.0/3.1 improvement made a difference in practical uses. The USB 2.0 thumb drive sputtered when handling data from high-end video cameras, and audio channels weren’t delivered at the best performance for picky consumers. USB 3.0/3.1 drives can handle the highest levels of data transfer from consumer and professional devices.

USB 3.1 has improved since its first release with the added Gen 1 and Gen 2 updates. These are considered “SuperSpeed USB” flash drives. For techies, USB 3.1 Gen 2 can transfer data at 10 Gbps. By contrast, USB 2.0 transfers data at a mere 480 Mbps.

Sticking with practical applications, it wouldn’t be recommended to sit around waiting for a USB 2.0 flash drive to transfer an HD/4k video. It would take about 40 minutes. By comparison, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB memory drive can transfer that HD/4k video in about a minute.

USB 3.0/3.1 opened the doors for added storage space in flash drives. Faster speeds allow for more data transfer and the inevitable was larger capacity options. USB 3.0/3.1 flash drives can be found in sizes ranging from 8 GB to 2 TB. That’s a massive amount of portable storage literally at your fingertips.

The jump in transfer speed combined with huge increases in storage options sets USB 3.0/3.1 into a new category of pricing. USB 2.0 flash drives have bottomed out in pricing while USB 3.0/3.1 show their worth with much higher prices. Differences range up to hundreds of dollars in added cost with a USB 3.0/3.1 flash drive delivering super high-speed transfer rates and more than a terabyte of storage. However, here at Everything But Stromboli, you can buy any of them at an excellent price in a variety of storage options from 16GB to 128GB.

One convenient aspect of USB flash drives is that they all work in most USB ports. USB 3.0/3.1 flash drives work in most USB 2.0 ports, and vice versa. The catch is that transfer/write speeds are based on the port and drive. So, a USB 2.0 flash drive will always write at its expected speed and a USB 3.0/3.1 flash drive used in a USB 2.0 port will write at a lower speed.

USB 3.0/3.1 ports are available on most modern devices as this version becomes the standard for flash drives. Like all USB flash drives, memory sticks don’t need electricity to work. They are used for personal needs, office requirements, or even branded and pre-loaded with business marketing information. USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 flash drive users can invest in a variety of storage options. We offer bulk purchase discounts on order quantities of 10 – 50 – 100 – 500 – 1,000 USB 3.0/3.1 drives. Contact us to see how we can best meet your needs today.

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