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The Best USB Flash Drives

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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Even as cloud storage and wireless file transfers have become more common, sometimes the best option for moving files is to put them on a USB flash drive. The cheapest drives can leave you waiting an agonizingly long time to transfer files. Most $20 flash drives out there will do the job okay, while the best $40 drives will do it noticeably faster so you spend less time waiting—time that adds up when they withstand being tossed in bags and drawers for years to come. After spending more than 40 hours testing seven recent USB flash drives (and comparing them with dozens of previous models), we think the SanDisk Extreme Pro 3.1 (128 GB) is the drive to get.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 3.1 (128 GB), fast, spacious, and well-built

SanDisk Extreme Pro 3.1 (128 GB)

Fast, spacious, and well-built
The fastest drive we tested for transferring data to and from a computer, the Extreme Pro is also reasonably priced for the amount of storage space it offers. We prefer its retractable plug to an inevitably lost cap.
We recommend
Samsung Duo Plus (128 GB), a combination usb-c/usb-a drive that performs well

Samsung Duo Plus (128 GB)

A combination USB-C/USB-A drive that performs well
The Samsung Duo Plus is the first USB-C flash drive we’ve tested that doesn’t feel like a compromise. It’s barely slower than our pick, but it’s still fast, with a smart interlocking design.
Another good choice
Samsung Bar Plus 3.1 (128 GB), funny shape, decent performance, great price

Samsung Bar Plus 3.1 (128 GB)

Funny shape, decent performance, great price
It has a funny shape but decent performance at a tough-to-beat price.
Budget friendly

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