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2010 Thumb Drive Roundup - 16 USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Drives Prodded and Tested - OCZ Technology

With so many to choose from, who knows what to buy? Today we look at several thumb drives and help you make an informed decision.

| USB Drives in Storage | Posted: Nov 1, 2010 9:36 am
Manufacturer: TweakTown

OCZ Technology ATV

 

OCZ sent us four drives for the round up, three USB 2.0 models and a single USB 3.0 that is more of a portable hard drive than a thumb drive.

 

First up is the OCZ ATV, a rubber surrounded thumb drive designed for those of us who tend to drop, drag and torture our portable storage. The ATV is even waterproof. OCZ is currently making 4, 8, 16 and 32GB drives. A 2GB unit was available, but has since been discontinued.

 

Newegg lists the 4GB as being in stock and selling at 16.45, the 8GB is available for 17.99, 16GB for 35.99 and the largest 32GB for 52.99.

 

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Here we see the retail package.

 

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OCZ put quite a bit of thought into the ATV. The rubber surround offers a lot of grip and the drive also includes a place to store the cap when in use.

 

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When it comes to the size, the drive is about average for length and width.

 

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We tested the 8GB model.

 

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Our early testing showed read speeds of 35MB/s; this is right around the maximum possible with USB 2.0. The write speeds were around 12.5MB/s.

 


OCZ Technology Diesel

 

The OCZ Technology Diesel is a mainstream flash drive designed for folks not looking to spend a great deal of money on portable storage. The Diesel is available in several capacity sizes ranging from 2 to 32GB.

 

Newegg lists the 4GB at 7.99, one of the lowest priced drives we will look at today. The 8GB is only 15.99 and the 16GB is 22.99 USD. Newegg didn't have the other capacity sizes in stock.

 

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Here we see the retail package.

 

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Even though the drive is in the budget / mainstream category, the drive uses an aluminum shell with plastic end caps.

 

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The back of the drive has a place to tie a string or thin rope, but the loop is plastic so you might not want to start swinging the drive around by this attachment point.

 

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We tested the 8GB model for today's article.

 

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The early testing showed a read speed of 9.5MB/s and a write speed of just over 5.5MB/s.

 


OCZ Technology Enyo

 

OCZ's Enyo isn't a thumb drive; it really isn't a hard drive either. If you are looking to spend the money to get very high performance, this may be exactly what you are looking for. The Enyo uses an Indilinx solid state controller and that makes it closer to an SSD more than anything.

 

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Here we see the retail packaging.

 

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The Enyo is housed in an all-aluminum chassis, but you have to run a cable to the drive. The cable is a standard USB 3.0 to mini USB 3.0 type.

 

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Back in September we ran a full review on the OCZ Enyo. You can read that review here. Our early testing gave us read speeds of around 200MB/s, the limit of the X58A-UD7's USB 3.0 implementation. The write speeds were just over 180MB/s.

 


OCZ Technology Rally2

 

The OCZ Rally2 has been available for many years now. I remember seeing the first run of these drives when I made my first trip to Computex several years ago. The Rally2 is slowly being replaced by the Rally2 Turbo, but this old drive still has some life left to give.

 

Over its lifespan the Rally2 was offered in everything from 1GB to 64GB, but only the 4 through 32GB drives are being manufactured today. Newegg lists the 4GB at 14.99, the 8GB at 16.99, 16GB at 39.99 and the largest 32GB capacity size at 46.99. The Rally2 is in OCZ's Performance Class category.

 

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Here we see the retail package.

 

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The OCZ Rally2 is a standard thumb drive design with a cap, but it doesn't have a convenient place to put the cap when the drive is in use.

 

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What is convenient is the included lanyard that makes transporting the Rally2 very easy. A few years ago most thumb drives shipped with a lanyard, but most companies have eliminated the accessory.

 

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We tested the 8GB model for today's article.

 

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Early testing of the OCZ Rally2 had read speeds of almost 33MB/s and write speeds very close to 16MB/s.

 

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