How to get more speed from your USB drives

USB 3 Speed ExplainedJust how fast is USB 3?

There seems to be a bit of confusion out there about how fast USB 3.x devices can actually go – as well as how to actually obtain those blistering-fast transfer rates.

That’s not surprising since what should be a pretty simple topic is actually quite convoluted…

You may recall my earlier video, Slow copy speeds with USB 3? No problem! 🎞

I was recently informed by one viewer that 400 MB/s is completely impossible for USB 3, so I guess it’s time for a review!

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Fast USB 3 sticks that won’t break the bank

USB 3.1 Stick ComparisonAh, the USB stick. They’re supposed to be handy for transferring files between computers.

Unfortunately, most of the time they end being painfully slow. If you’re frequently waiting several minutes for that large file to copy to your USB stick, then you’re using the wrong one!

After a recent debacle with 2 different USB 3 sticks, I set out to find the best USB 3.1 sticks that won’t set you back an arm and a leg.

Not only did I discover a new Speed Champion, but I also found a VERY cheap and large model that’s still quite zippy…

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Why is my USB stick so slow?

A few weeks ago, I published a video on how to get max speed from your USB 3 gizmos, which you can find here:

Slow copy speeds with USB 3? No problem!

Right, but if what about lowly USB 2 sticks? They’re far more prevalent than USB 3 sticks, and many of them are veeeery sloooow…

There are a few things to watch out for when buying your next USB stick.

And you don’t even need to be a technical genius!

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Slow copy speeds with USB 3? No problem!

USB is totally awesome, and USB 3.0+ is even more awesome.

With real-world data transfer rates of 400MB/s or more, copying files to external USB sticks and drives has never been more fun.

Only one problem, and I’ve noticed this A LOT: People are using USB3, but they’re sitting there putting up with relatively slow copy speeds from, say, a USB3 key.

It’s often rather difficult to achieve copy speeds in excess of a measley 40MB/s…

What gives?

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