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SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive

We all know it’s only a matter of time that more USB Type-C (USB-C) devices will creep into our lives. Sooner or later, we would be buying USB-C stuffs. Here I have my first USB-C flash drive. It’s a SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Drive. It’s basically a regular flash drive, with that new USB-C port.

So since presumably we’re all very familiar with flash drives, there isn’t much to say about this particular one. Well, actually, there’re still some things worthwhile to share about it. Before that, let’s look at the flash drive itself.

It’s a pretty much regular flash drive, sort of thumb-sized, with the drive itself retractable into a half-open plastic enclosure. The enclosure works well enough to prevent the Type-C port from getting damaged, or damaging something else.

SanDisk labels this reversible, which of course being USB Type-C it obviously is. I had wondered if it had a reverse end that featured a Micro-USB port, but no, there’s only just USB-C on it.

SanDisk claims 150 MB/s performance. That’s quite correct, but only for reading. With Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, I can get about 147 MB/s. For writes, however, performance drops to about 67 MB/s.

I wanted to do my usual bonnie++ tests, but unfortunately, the tests took too long to run, and the intense I/O operations revealed an issue with this flash drive. It gets really, really, hot. So hot you can only “gingerly hold” the metal part.

It’s practically a USB-powered heater.

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