What are the best USB drives to keep files safe?

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    #1Samsung T5 Portable SSD 500GB

    Samsung T5 Portable SSD 500GB

    Samsung T5 Portable SSD 500GB features USB Type C to C and USB Type C to A cables for file transfer. This SSD also has optional drive encryption and AES 256-bit hardware encryption.

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    Robert Hicks
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I'm thrilled to see external SSDs coming to market and this one hits a lot of high points for what I'm looking for. The price per gigabyte isn't bad at all, the transfer speed is very fast with USB C, and it has encryption built in. I'm most happy to have a device where I can safely store my photos without the fear of having something with moving parts fail because of a fall or something (which has happened to me before)."
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    #2SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDCZ80

    SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDCZ80

    SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDCZ80 features a reading speed of up to 245 MB/s and writing speed up to 100MB/s. This also includes SanDisk SecureAccess software for flash drive encryption. Compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0.

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    Susan Gonzalez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDCZ80 is a great option to keep your files safe. While I did have some trouble figuring out how to get it set up, my husband was able to help and we were ready to use it within minutes. The software was easy to use and I liked that it was compatible with my computer. It was also a great deal. "
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    #3Farsler 32GB Fingerprint-Encrypted USB Stick

    Farsler 32GB Fingerprint-Encrypted USB Stick

    Farsler 32GB Fingerprint-Encrypted USB Stick features dual storage which includes fingerprint U disk for public sector accessible after plugging in, while the hidden secure is only accessible after fingerprint recognition. USB 3.0

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    Kyle Murray
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I've never had a significant problem with the Farsler USB device, but some of my friends have. I find it very useful though the biometric sensor does take a bit of getting used to. Can be finicky at times. My advice is to buy one only if you really need the added security, not because it sounds cool."
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    #4SanDisk Ultra Flair SDCZ73-016G-G46

    SanDisk Ultra Flair SDCZ73-016G-G46

    SanDisk Ultra Flair SDCZ73-016G-G46 spends up to 130MB/s data transfer speed which is 15 times faster than USB 2.0 flash drives. It features durable metal casing and has a 5-year limited warranty.

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    Ruth Walters
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This usb drive looks to be really nice. It has 16GB and is one of the highest rated on Amazon. I would definitely use this. In fact, i should invest in this since I"m currently using an external bulky hard drive that has less GB! "
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    #5PNY Pro Elite P-FD256PRO-GE

    PNY Pro Elite P-FD256PRO-GE

    PNY Pro Elite P-FD256PRO-GE is a USB 3.0 that has 256GB and can read speeds up to 400MB/sec and write speeds up to 180MB/sec. It features capless and premium gunmetal finish design.

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    $78.99

    Sara Scott
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This is a big nope to me. While it's kind of pretty the reviews do not justify the price."
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    #6Lexar JumpDrive S75

    Lexar JumpDrive S75

    Lexar JumpDrive S75 is a USB 3.0 that uses SuperSpeed technology. By having Encrypt Stick Lite software, this 64GB flash drive secures files and it is compatible with PC and Mac systems.

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    #7SanDisk iXpand SDIX30C-128G-GN6NE

    SanDisk iXpand SDIX30C-128G-GN6NE

    SanDisk iXpand SDIX30C-128G-GN6NE has 128GB and compatible with iPhone. It has a special feature which is a flexible connector to fit into phone cases. 

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    Martha Contreras
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is an absolutely super flash drive. Awesome to save and share pix and files from one's phone if dropbox or airdrop is not an option."
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    #8SanDisk Ultra SDCZ48-256G-U46

    SanDisk Ultra SDCZ48-256G-U46

    SanDisk Ultra SDCZ48-256G-U46 has a unique style and can read speed up to 100 MB/s2. Its storage is 256GB. It includes SanDisk SecureAccess and provides 128-bit AES encryption. 

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    Barbara Ellis
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This is a great USB stick. It has served me well for years. It does have an issue pop up sometimes when I plug it in ask me to correct errors but there shouldn't be any because it's all documents. That'd be my only drawback."
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    #9Patriot Supersonic Mega 128GB Flash Drive

    Patriot Supersonic Mega 128GB Flash Drive

    Patriot Supersonic Mega PEF128GSMGUSB is a flash drive or pen drive with 128GB storage capacity. This features USB 3.1 or USB 3.0 for fast data reading up to 380MB/sec and data reading up to 70 MB/sec.

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    Pranav Nair
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Storage space is really hard to come by nowadays! The Patriod Supersonic Mega 128GB Flash Drive was my solution!"
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    #10PNY Turbo P-FD64GTBOP-GE

    PNY Turbo P-FD64GTBOP-GE

    PNY Turbo is the perfect USB 3.0 which has 64 GB and 10 times faster transfer speed than USB 2.0 flash drive. It features a sliding collar cap design for preventing in losing its cap. 

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    Félix Rivera
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "With the amount of space you can hold a lot and the transfer rate with 3.0 is great"
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    #11SanDisk Ultra Fit SDCZ43-128G-GAM46

    SanDisk Ultra Fit SDCZ43-128G-GAM46

    SanDisk Ultra Fit SDCZ43-128G-GAM46 has 128GB and uses SanDisk SecureAccess software. It has data transfer speed up to 150MB/s which is 15 times faster than USB 2.0 flash drives. 

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    Marie Morales
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I am not happy with this flash drive at all. The unit got so hot after transferring my files that it could burn you. It's just not usable. "
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    #12Vk B01KOFOMK4

    Vk B01KOFOMK4

    Vk B01KOFOMK4 is a 2.0 USB pen drive memory stick with one terabyte capacity storage which is ideal for digital storing of data. This does not require any software to use it. 

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    Eric Jordan
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "this USB drive is used to save the files which doesn't need any special software. "
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    #13Kingston Digital 64GB Data Traveler

    Kingston Digital 64GB Data Traveler

    Kingston Digital 64GB Data Traveler is a USB flash drive that provides affordable business-grade security with its 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption using the XTS block cipher mode.

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    Rajesh Kapoor
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Kingston digital data traveler is one of the best USB drives getting 4 stars out of 5. This is definitely an excellent device with great reviews. You want one that provides excellent security and this one is leading the pack."
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    #14Maxonor USB 2.0

    Maxonor USB 2.0

    Maxonor USB 2.0 is a flash drive with one terabyte capacity storage which is easy to plug and play. This is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS 10+ and Linux. 

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    Zachary Medina
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "There are a ton of different flash drives out here. I usually recommend Sandisk but Maxonor makes a perfectly acceptable drive...just not the best available."
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    #15Verbatim 43932

    Verbatim 43932

    Verbatim 43932 is an 8GB mini clip-it USB flash drive which is compatibile with all USB ports. This pen drive is dust, water and static resistant.

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    Joshua Hamilton
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I think that this is a great product. When I was a student I kept my life on USB drives. I like how it has protection against dust, water, and static, because those are major things that can affect a USB drive. In my opinion, the fact that it is mini sized and I presume chips on too you also works in its favor and is a nice touch."
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    #16PPstore99 B01HUVDCH4

    PPstore99 B01HUVDCH4

    PPstore99 B01HUVDCH4 is a 2.0 USB flash drive memory stick with one terabyte capacity storage which has a metal swivel and a high-speed connectivity. It is also waterproof. 

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    Will Gu
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This USB drive has a metal swivel and waterproof sealing, and it would be quite good for that. I need a durable electronics set at work, that can handle work outdoors. But it's only USB 2.0 - this is a problem. USB 3 is not new anymore, and USB 2.0 just does not hold up. Please, save your money and buy a flash drive with the speed to go along with the capacity. USB 2.0 will make actually filling a 1TB flash drive a real slog. Pass!"
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    #17VkVdrivee B01KOFOLLO

    VkVdrivee B01KOFOLLO

    VkVdrivee B01KOFOLLO is a pocket-sized USB 2.0 pen drive with one terabyte capacity storage which is compatible with desktop, laptop, Macintosh, tablet, and speakers with USB port connectivity. 

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    Diane Riley
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you are looking for a good USB drive to keep your files safe, then just keep looking. The VkVdrivee B01KOFOLLO is awful and way overpriced. I have found much, much better USB drives for a fraction of the price. Stay far away from this one."
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    #18Kingston Digital 8GB Data Traveler

    Kingston Digital 8GB Data Traveler

    The Kingston Digital 8GB Data Traveler is a 3.0 USB flash drive pen drive with AES Encrypted Vault Privacy 256Bit for safeguarding data. It's also customizable to meet specific internal corporate IT requirements.

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    Elizabeth Ford
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great USB drive, it functions well as a normal drive, however it has encryption added which is great. It is a good size, both physically and with what it stores."
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    #19Sony USM16SA1/B

    Sony USM16SA1/B

    The Sony USM16SA1/B is a 16GB Microvault USB flash drive that's designed for smartphones. It transfers files between smartphone, computers or tablets via the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections.

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    #20General B078P1NY2J

    General B078P1NY2J

    General B078P1NY2J is a 2.0 USB flash drive with one terabyte capacity storage which includes a hand strap. It also fits into Kindle device with or without cases. 

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    Lawrence Jensen
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #21Generic B078ZSL5P4

    Generic B078ZSL5P4

    Generic B078ZSL5P4 is a full metal 2.0 USB flash drive with one terabyte capacity storage which also includes a key ring. It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS 10+ and Linux.

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    Russell Gutierrez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is not actually a 1 TB flash drive. I was lied to and I don't appreciate it. I wish I could give it negative 10 stars. And...on top of that, the stupid thing broke 3 weeks after I got it. Avoid this disaster of a flash drive at all costs."

Summary

Best What are the best USB drives to keep files safe
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Samsung T5 Portable SSD 500GBElectronics 37 Paid
2SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDCZ80Electronics 33 Paid
3Farsler 32GB Fingerprint-Encrypted USB StickElectronics 28 Paid
4SanDisk Ultra Flair SDCZ73-016G-G46Electronics 25 Paid
5PNY Pro Elite P-FD256PRO-GEElectronics 23 Paid
6Lexar JumpDrive S75Electronics 19 Paid
7SanDisk iXpand SDIX30C-128G-GN6NE Electronics 19 Paid
8SanDisk Ultra SDCZ48-256G-U46Electronics 17 Paid
9Patriot Supersonic Mega 128GB Flash DriveElectronics 12 Paid
10PNY Turbo P-FD64GTBOP-GEElectronics 3 Paid
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