For those of us old enough to remember, floppy disks were the most common way of moving files which had a minuscule capacity of 1.2 megabytes per disk. Over time, the floppy drive was succeeded by different formats including zip drives, CD-RW, DVD-RW, and portable hard disks until the USB flash drive (commonly known as thumb drives or pen drives) were universally adopted by most users.
In the beginning, the earliest USB flash drives started with a capacity of 8 MB but the current standard is anywhere from 16 GB to 512 GB of storage. We depend on our USB flash drives to carry huge amounts of valuable data, so prioritizing the best USB flash drive to fit your needs is important. To aid you, we have found some of the best flash drives available in Malaysia.
SanDisk Cruzer Blade 16GB Flash Drive
16 GB pen drive
The 16GB Cruzer Blade has been on the market for some time now but still makes it onto our list. In spite of being outclassed by newer models (especially in terms of speed and capacity), the venerable Cruzer Blade makes up in value for money. For less than RM20 you get a reliable pen drive with password protection in an attractive and petite package.
KINGSTON DTIG4 USB 3.0 32GB USB Flash Drive
Best 32 GB pen drive
The Kingston DTIG4 32GB USB pen drive features USB 3.0 connectivity for quicker data transfer whilst maintaining backward compatibility with the USB 2.0 standard for older devices. The drive is super reliable and is backed by a five-year warranty by Kingston all at a very reasonable price.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 64GB Flash Drive
Best 64 GB flash drive
We included the SanDisk Connect Wireless 64GB flash drive for its innovative idea. This drive allows you to wirelessly save and access data from your mobile devices directly to the drive. The drive is also capable of streaming HD movies to up to 3 different devices at once. It can also be used conventionally with the standard built-in USB port connector.
Sandisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 130MB/s Flash Drive
128 GB flash drive
In terms of size, this is the smallest drive on our list, but in terms of storage capacity, the SanDisk Ultra Fit boasts a large 128GB capacity. It supports USB 3.0 standards which allow for fast transfer speeds of up to 130MBPS. The drive also comes with password protection via the included SanDisk Secure Access Software.
SanDisk iXPand Mini 64GB OTG Lightning USB Flash Drive
Best for iPhone
If you’re an iPhone user, the iXpand Mini Flash Drive is especially for you. With this drive, you can easily free up space on your iPhone and conveniently transfer them to a PC or Mac computer. It comes with a flexible Lighting connector for your phone and a USB 3.0 connector for your computer.
Encryption software is bundled with the drive, so you can keep sensitive data password protected. the drive also backs up your camera roll and lets you view videos in most formats directly from the drive itself.
SanDisk Ultra Dual 16GB OTG Type-C USB 3.0 Flash Drive
From RM 44.50
Best USB C flash drive with USB 3.1
Since we have included one flash drive especially for iPhone users, it’s only fair that we include one just for Android users with the new USB type C port. This flash drive was designed specifically with USB C users in mind to allow for easy file sharing between devices.
The drive has a retractable USB C connector and also a traditional USB connector. This is one of the few drives that currently support the new USB 3.1 (150 MBPS) standard which allows higher performance over the 3.0 standard.
Kingston HyperX Savage 512GB USB Flash Drive
Best 512 GB flash drive
This is the current king of the flash drives in terms of performance and capacity. The Kingston Hyper X Savage features a colossal capacity of 512GB and next-generation performance via full compatibility with the USB 3.1 standard.
USB 3.1 is the latest major revision to the USB standard which offers over 10 times the performance and better power management over the earlier USB 3.0 standard. What this translates to are read speed of 350 MBPS and write speed of 250MBPS. The drive is compatible with a variety of platforms including iOS and Windows.
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