Reviews PNY Turbo 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - P-FD128GTBOP-GE

PNY Turbo 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - P-FD128GTBOP-GE

PNYs Turbo 3.0 is Built for Speed & Convenience Get the most out of the USB 3.0 port on your new computer. Experience USB 3.0 next generation speed performance with transfer speeds up to 10X faster than standard PNY USB 2.0 Flash Drives. It’s the perfect solution for easily storing and quickly transferring all your large documents, high-resolution photos, HD videos, and more. USB 3.0 offers the same ease-of-use and plug-and-play capabilities as previous generations of USB technologies, but with exceptional speed improvements. Designed for Reliable Portable Storage PNYs Turbo 3.0 USB Flash Drive is designed with convenience and portability in mind. The portable, light-weight Flash Drive incorporates a sliding collar cap less design that means for no more lost caps. This USB 3.0 Flash Drive is small in size, but big on performance


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just got the flash drive today and ran a benchmark. the speeds on this are impressive for the money. the cover the for the flash drive is built in and cant get lost which is a bonus for me.

This is a great drive, 60 dollars for a 128gb USB 3.0 drive is definitely good enough. I already had PNY's SD card, so I knew they made good flash products.

The benchmark showed up quite nice as well.

Sequential Read : 197.193 MB/s
Sequential Write : 104.529 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 151.087 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 32.768 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 4.596 MB/s [ 1122.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.110 MB/s [ 26.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 5.005 MB/s [ 1221.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.085 MB/s [ 20.6 IOPS]

Test : 100 MB [F: 0.1% (0.1/119.2 GB)] (x5)

Faster than Patriot or Corsair's lower tier USB drive models.

The... externals of this drive, though, is somewhat flimsy and the 'slide' mechanism is not quite as comfortable feeling as the big-name makers'. It's somewhat stiff and a bit too tight to operate, and I hope actually sliding it frequently won't break it off.

Other than that, I don't see any fault with this wonderful drive.

This drive is GREAT!

Pros:
Small size but with giant capacity
There is a LED light
No cover to lose, its a slider cover where the cover slides down to protect the usb adapter
USB 3.0/128GB at a great price

Cons:
Plastic

I did 2 tests with Lan speed test writing and reading a 100MB file

On USB2.0 port on my dell xps, I get:
~24MB/s Write
~27MB/s Read

On Macbook Pro USB 3.0, I get:
~80MB/s write
~192MB/s read

Lets see how long it last...

(Update) been using it half year and still going strong.... will update again later..

PLEASE READ MY EDIT BELOW:

Worked great for a little while (6months). Now I constantly get drive errors and need to scan and fix them. The biggest issue is now it takes forever for all my laptops to recognize this USB drive. I have around 20 USB drives of different sizes and I tested on all my laptops, servers etc and this PNY USB drive takes almost 30seconds to even be recognized, while the others are picked up right away. Write transfer speeds constantly drop to 0 while transferring files and sometimes moving/copying a 14MB file or any small file takes around 5mins because you never know when the drive will decide to start working and finish the copy/move process.

USB drives have been made for so many years. How they screwed this up, I have no idea

EDIT:
So turns out it was partly (mostly) user error on my part. The drive was FAT32 out of the box and I never noticed it. It would not let me copy files over 4GB because of this. As to why the drive was freezing up and taking forever to be recognized on my different systems, I still have no idea.

I reformatted it NTFS or exFAT which allows for higher file sizes. Anyways after formatting my disk gets picked up by the OS almost instantly. And I've used it for a couple years now and it's chugging along pretty good. I'd definitely recommend buying with the caveat that you check to make sure the disk is formatted to a more modern file system type.

Just as described. To share a bit of information for folks that could be helpful. These (most if not all thumb drives) are formatted to MS-FAT32. What does that mean for you? If you wanted to use this on a Mac then you'll need to reformat it using your Mac's Disk Utility. If your're like me (I use a Mac) but want to be able to use it between a Mac and a PC (Windows) then that's done by reformatting it on your Mac. You will want to open your Mac's Disk Utility, select the thumb drive, then select "Erase", it will then allow you to format type, choose the "Ext drive" format, it's as simple as that and you can now use it flawlessly between a Mac and PC. Please note, your Mac will still recognize this drive without making any changes at all however you won't be able to use it until the format is changed to be compatible.

This flash drive is a very good storage solution for large files. These days the multi-Terabyte hard drives store massive amounts of data. You still need to back it up once in a while, in case of a hard drive failure. This device is a good solution. Even the huge video or ZIP files, 5Gb or larger, can be easily stored on this flash drive. Just remember to format it in NTFS. The good old FAT32 can't handle the big chunks.
I've seen the other reviewers' comments about data getting corrupted. Well, when you're dealing with GIGABYTES of data being copied you need to be patient. It's not a hard drive. It happened to me too but then I've learned I need to wait until the red LED in the unit stops flashing. It may say on you screen "the copying finished" but there's still some activity happening. You should pull the flash drive out when that LED stops blinking. "Patience, grasshopper"

I use USB flash drives for my Roku Ultra as well as sending photos and videos to my distant daughters. As I seldom get them back, I am always on the look out for new excellent quality flash drives at a reasonable price. These are it! These are a great price, and excellent quality. They are rated as 3.0 which is 10 times faster than 2.0 assuming you have a compatible 3.0 port on your device. But if not they are backward compatible. I have not had any problem at all with then, transfer rate is excellent, and they are small I can mail them with no problem. They work extremely well with my Roku. Just plug it into the Roku USB port and viola it is off and running. I will definitely buy these again!

A reasonable USB3 flash drive, with solid read speeds, slow-but-adequate write speeds, and a built-in protective slider cover.

In sequential r/w testing, the brand-new drive wrote at 18.9 MB/s, and read at 109.8 MB/s-- the difference as expected for low-end flash devices. (tested using 1MB blocks directly to the device, connected to a USB3 port on a modern system)

The slider is actually my least favorite part of the design. It's intended to protect the connector, while not getting immediately misplaced like the typical removable cap. Unfortunately, it doesn't actually work-- the end is open, allowing lint to get into the opening. And worse, it takes an unexpected amount of force to open/close. Enough that at first I couldn't tell if it was meant to slide down or slide off, it simply wasn't moving. The cover is just a bad design.

I'm not a fan of the sliding cover, and I prefer to have an activity LED (this unit doesn't have one). But flash drives are commodity-priced, and as of this writing, this was one of the best priced name-brand USB3 flash drives at $10. And I have fond memories of using the PNY brand for my RAM provider in my early PC builds. Shop around since NAND prices fluctuate regularly, but Recommended at this time.

I ordered this flash drive two years ago for $20, and I am still using it! It got me through college as an IT student, I have had a few problems with it, but for the most part this has been a great flash drive. The biggest problem I have had with it, would be the fact that I have had to reformat it twice. Once it stopped saving and keeping certain files (most would become corrupted and I couldn't use them) the other the flash drive itself was corrupted. For me that wasn't a big deal (I got pretty upset about losing my files though) because reformatting is a quick and easy fix. The other problem would be the fact that the plastic outside is somewhat cheap and breaks. There's a little key hole to put a keychain on it, and that broke so I could not put it on a keychain for easy access. Other than the few minor problems, this has been a pretty handy flash drive, and its still kicking, even after all of the work I've put it through. I am currently using it to house ROMs, so I would say I'm giving it a pretty heavy workload. Overall I would definitely recommend this flash drive. It is an excellent buy for the money.

Pros:
-Has an LED light
-Cheap
-Built-in Cover (non-removable)

Cons:
-Although it has an LED light, you can barely see it even in the dark. I only noticed it was there due to the reviews.
-Worried the cover piece could snap off. It doesn't "close" easy. (I attached a photo of the piece where it "catches)
-Not the best looking drive, unremarkable design
-Benchmark inconsistent with some of the earlier reviews

Benchmark: I posted an image of the benchmark. Others have quoted faster speeds in the past but this does seem fairly consistent with current reviews. I have to wonder if they changed out a chip in the manufacturing process. That happened to me with a SSD drive and I had to return it because I bought on quoted speeds and they buried their "new" speeds in the website.

Speed: PNY doesn't claim any specific speed on the packaging (smart!) other than a small disclaimer that says that this drive is 10x faster than USB 2.0 claim is based on PNY USB 2.0 speeds. "Speeds quoted for USB 3.0 devices. Speeds are based on PNY standard USB 2.0 (3.0MB/s) write speed. Performs at USB 2.0 speeds when used on 2.0 devices." Based on my own benchmark, it's a little faster than this quote.

Overall: I am a little disappointed I can't get older review speeds for the drive but it still suits my needs such as transferring code that can't be committed to a GIT server and other misc files in-between machines. I do a lot of transferring between Bluetooth 3.1 devices for minor things such as images/mp3 but that method is too messy for handling code files as my BT received files are usually just dumped on the desktop. I prefer a drag and drop method with a thumb drive and this method is better for bulk files/installers. I wasn't expecting over the moon speeds but I didn't want snail mail either which is why I went USB3.

I also wish the drive was available in more colors than I Almost Feel Suicidal Grey/I Have No Feelings Anymore White. This drive could be more remarkable in design. Overall, not a bad little drive for the money.

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