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[Amazon Canada] Patriot 512GB USB Drives - $102.99

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[Amazon Canada] 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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I'd rather get an external SSD, or create one, at this price.

@Chipbug is right.

God bless the effort though, OP.
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Chipbug wrote:
May 22nd, 2019 1:11 pm
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:
May 22nd, 2019 1:11 pm
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:
May 22nd, 2019 1:11 pm
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:
May 22nd, 2019 2:08 pm
-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:
May 22nd, 2019 3:33 pm
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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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:
May 22nd, 2019 3:37 pm
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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