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[Amazon.ca] Patriot 512GB USB Drives - $102.99

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[Amazon.ca] Patriot 512GB USB Drives - $102.99

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I wonder what is the use case for such a high capacity USB drive. At this price point, you might as well get a cheapo SSD drive and put it in an external USB case.
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Chipbug wrote: I wonder what is the use case for such a high capacity USB drive. At this price point, you might as well get a cheapo SSD drive and put it in an external USB case.
No cable to carry around, which might get damaged in a bag, I guess??

That being said I agree with you @Chipbug - I have a Samsung T5 SSD and it's great.
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Chipbug wrote: I wonder what is the use case for such a high capacity USB drive. At this price point, you might as well get a cheapo SSD drive and put it in an external USB case.
To load up with music for plugging into vehicles radio? Otherwise I agree with you.
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SSD + Enclosure (or Sata to USB adapter/cable) will be cheaper and better than USB thumb drive and offers more use-cases for later. That being said, if physical space is a concern (such as plugging into a car head unit) or compatibility concerns, the USB thumb drive would be better (some devices don't play nice with a adapters/converters like sata to usb).

For me personally, I never use my USB drives for long term storage, so having a 512gb thumb drive is a bit pointless. Primarily, I use usb drives to move data around, or to install/test/play with different linux distros (or installing Windows 10), and essentially a 32gb drive will suffice for me. For my longer term storage (such as media or VMs), I actually just purchased an Adata 1tb SSD for around $130 and will be using that with a sata to usb cable (I was using an older portable 500gb HDD for this earlier).
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Chipbug wrote: I wonder what is the use case for such a high capacity USB drive. At this price point, you might as well get a cheapo SSD drive and put it in an external USB case.
Fair question.
-Car decks that accept USB are one great use as the more space you have, the more music you can dump on it
-TV's that support USB's can be loaded up with a bunch of films/TV shows or photos.(you can use an external hdd but when you wallmount the tv, it can be a pain trying to tape the hdd to the TV to stop it from falling)
-For little projects like a Rasberry Pi, a USB stick is usually a nice fit

Overall, it's definitely not something that a ton of people will find useful but for the ones that do, it's a good price for that size.
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Thanks OP! Wonder if this is the cheapest around? Also a good PM opportunity with retailers? Any coupons to stack?
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pk1234 wrote: -Car decks that accept USB are one great use as the more space you have, the more music you can dump on it
I wonder if thumb drives of that size are formatted NTFS and if so your car deck probably does not support that :-)
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Anyone know of a good USB key with similar read/writes rates but with 32GB of storage. I don't need 512 GB but I need some faster speeds.
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Zork1984 wrote: I wonder if thumb drives of that size are formatted NTFS and if so your car deck probably does not support that :-)
You can still use FAT. It should support 512Gb with no issues. It's you can't do files over 4GB, which is not an issue with music
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What is the reliability ratings for Patriot USB drives? Also are the read/write specs on these two drives good?
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What is the difference between both model? I can't see.
Thanks OP, bought 25!
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Not sure why you'd name a usb stick "Rage". Maybe because thats what people do when they try to stick in a USB stick, flip it over, then realize they were right the first time.
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sierravista wrote: Anyone know of a good USB key with similar read/writes rates but with 32GB of storage. I don't need 512 GB but I need some faster speeds.
128 for 30 looks good if it can do 400/300
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Don’t forget to use your favourite encrypting software.

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Zork1984 wrote:
I wonder if thumb drives of that size are formatted NTFS and if so your car deck probably does not support that :-)
The default FS for large USB thumb drives is exFAT not NTFS.
pk1234 wrote: You can still use FAT. It should support 512Gb with no issues. It's you can't do files over 4GB, which is not an issue with music
It can be an issue if the source files are .FLAC as FLAC files are usually quite large. No problem with MP3 format.

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