Just 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!
There you are, minding your own business…
Maybe you just installed a Windows 10 update. Maybe you just had to run a disk check that asked you to reboot. Maybe you didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary at all.
Whatever the case, things go kaflooey. All of a sudden, you can’t save or create new files on a certain drive – be it a hard drive, partition on a drive, external disk, USB stick, etc.
Instead of working, you get an error message that your, “drive is read-only“.
At this point, you begin to panic. But fear not: It’s super-easy to unlock your drive and remove its “Read-Only” mode!
If you use Ubuntu Desktop, using a USB stick is a piece of cake. You just plug it in, read/write files, and yank it out again.
But what about Ubuntu Server?
Try the same thing, and you end up with a USB stick that can only be accessed by root. Well, that’s probably not what you want!
There are several ways to solve this problem, but by far the easiest – believe it or not – is to add a touch of Windows…
Ah, 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…