Category Archives: Flash Memory

Quick Review: Samsung 960 EVO 1Tb M.2 NVMe SSD (MZ-V6E1T0)

I’m sure by now that you don’t need convincing that the Samsung 960-series M.2 NVMe SSDs are awesome drives. Just looking at SSD market share alone, Samsung takes the cake, and the 960 are used almost universally among high performance … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: Transcend RDF9K UHS-II USB 3.1/3.0 Card Reader

When I go overseas on travel, shopping tends to be the last thing on my mind. Coming in with almost-overflowing baggage, there’s not much chance to buy anything. After all, if I’m overseas, there’s a good chance I’ve already spent … Continue reading

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Review: Toshiba Exceria N301 64Gb SDXC & Samsung Evo+ 128Gb microSDXC

It’s been a while since I last reviewed some flash memory. After all, if you already have enough cards, there isn’t really much reason to get more unless the price is great. Regrettably, on my recent holiday, I managed to … Continue reading

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Experiment: 8Gb USB Flash Drive Endurance Test

Flash memory is, and has been, a commodity item for a while now. Almost everyone has at least a few USB flash drives (sticks) and maybe even a few memory cards. When it comes to rapidly transferring large files between … Continue reading

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Failing: Sandisk Ultra microSDXC 128Gb (Class 10, UHS-I, Up to 80MB/s)

The new year just keeps getting better. Sure, the battery in the phone is failing, but the microSDXC card as well?! The Culprit The culprit was a Sandisk Ultra microSDXC card of 128Gb capacity, Class 10, UHS-I rated up to … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 2 – Intel X25-M 160Gb SSD

In this day and age, SSDs are becoming quite ubiquitous for their performance benefits and many systems come with them pre-installed. But not too many years back, SSDs were considered performance items for enthusiasts, commanding high price-tags. Hobbyists like myself … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Verbatim 8Gb Store’n’Go PinStripe USB 2.0 Drive (49062)

Yet another low-cost USB flash drive gets a review, mainly because I just happened to end up receiving it. Unlike the others though, this one comes from Verbatim which is a brand which has come to be respected due to … Continue reading

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Note: Samsung 850 EVO Data Retention & Performance Degradation?

I’ve been quite busy lately with a few things, so many posts continue to be stashed on the backburner. To get these posts out often requires some work – experimental work, or even just tidying up images. To make my … Continue reading

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Project: Recovery from Logically Damaged Comsol 8GB USB Key

Late last month, I was contacted by a fellow reader of the blog with a sob story about his Comsol 8GB USB flash drive. Unfortunately, his one had failed in a way rendering the data inaccessible. He also claimed to … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Cruzer Facet 8Gb USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Readers familiar with my penchant for exotic storage would probably stare at me in confusion as to why I would be reviewing such a plain product such as this one? Interestingly enough, as with most things that I do, there … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 EVO 1Tb (MZ-75E1T0B) Solid State Drive

Solid-state drives are something that I can rarely get enough of, as high performance storage has a big impact on the time spent waiting on a computer to get data-heavy tasks done. As someone who has enjoyed this, I had … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB (MZ-7KE1T0) Solid State Drive

One night, staying up late after doing some work, I caught the fact that eBay was having a 15% off “everything” sale. A few minutes later, a bright idea popped in my head, and almost equally as quickly, over AU$500 … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 (512Gb) USB 3.0 Storage Drive

One thing I really dislike is slow portable storage. While many manufacturers continue to pump out smaller and smaller USB flash drives at ever diminishing price points, one thing that never seems to satisfy is their performance. Even with advertised … Continue reading

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Review: Emtec Click 3.0 32Gb (ECMMD32GB103) USB 3.0 Flash Drive

The other day, when collecting a parcel from the post office, I came across a $10 or less “bargain bin” clearance. Within the bin, I managed to grab a Logitech K400r for $10, a Logitech m353 for $5 and this … Continue reading

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Unintentional Teardown & Repair: Kingston 128Gb UHS-I SDXC Card

A while back, I posted a gripe article about how I disliked some aspects of the Secure Digital memory card format, one of the issues being the fragility of the plastic shell. Through no fault of my own, it seems … Continue reading

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Teardown, Optimization: Comsol 8Gb USB Flash Stick (AU6989SN-GT & SDTNRCAMA-008G)

A while back, I received a Comsol 8Gb USB Flash Stick for a test. As it turns out, I’ve managed to grab another, so I felt less bad about breaking one apart to work out what’s inside – and as … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba 32Gb UHS-I/Class 10 SDHC Card (SD-K032GR7AR30)

Just this week, I had a need to get some more 32Gb SDHC cards, preferably full size cards, at a good price for some short-haul work. I would expect these to be subjected to a lot of insertion/removal cycles, so … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Corsair Flash Voyager LS 32Gb USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Corsair has been a trusted name in DRAM memory for a long time, which resulted in a brand expansion into peripherals, accessories, power supplies and more. It seems like whatever Corsair puts their brand on is a product you can … Continue reading

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Opinion: Secure Digital – A Valuable but Frustrating Flash Card Format

Given how many devices nowadays rely on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, it’s not expected that I could say anything bad about them right? Well, as valuable as the format is, there are some frustrations with it, which I will … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Comsol 8Gb USB 2.0 Flash Stick (UF4-8000)

USB flash drives are one of the most ubiquitous storage devices, this one was anonymously donated to me for some testing. It’s not a particularly special looking drive, but it is one that’s available on the market today – it … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Cruzer U 16Gb USB Flash Drive

This one comes courtesy of my aunt, who offered this to me as a gift. As part of commissioning my gear, I always give it a test, so I thought I might as well document it in case someone’s interested … Continue reading

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Notes: Transcend SSD340 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes

Having reviewed the Jmicron JMF667H based Transcend SSD340, one of my biggest frustrations was the lack of documented SMART data variables. Even to this date, CrystalDiskInfo still does not understand the vast majority of the attributes which are Vendor Specific … Continue reading

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Notes: Transcend SSD340 Firmware Update SVN423c

Since my review of the Transcend SSD340 back in August, it seems that Transcend has offered a firmware update. My SSD shipped with firmware SVN423b, and the latest version available from Transcend’s website is SVN423c. Unfortunately, Transcend have not elected … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Ultra 128Gb UHS-I microSDXC Card

I was pretty disappointed to have been dudded in my first attempt to get a hold of a 128Gb microSDXC card, but I won’t let an eBay fake stop me. After all, Sandisk products are supposed to be high quality. … Continue reading

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Quick Review: *FAKE* Sandisk Ultra 128Gb UHS-I MicroSDXC Card

The holiday periods around Christmas are a big time for shopping and spending, and one of the hottest items is undoubtedly electronics. Unfortunately, for those who aren’t as wise or careful, it’s also an opportune time to be scammed with … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria 64Gb UHS-I Class 3 microSDXC Card (SD-C064GR7VW060A)

Our demand for storage is pretty much insatiable, but companies continue to roll out new products which are larger, faster and sometimes even cheaper than before. Of note is the proliferation of microSD-slots in Android and Windows phones, tablets as … Continue reading

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Real or Fake? The Lexar 600x 64Gb MicroSDXC Card Mystery

A few weeks back, eBay had a 15% off everything sale on a Sunday, and I was feeling like I needed to make the most of it. There wasn’t too many things I could really need but I did decide … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 3 – Sandisk Extreme II & Transcend SSD340 (again)

For those who are interested in the topic, they might also want to see Part 1 and Part 2 to better understand the caveats and limitations, as it will put this article in a better context. So far, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Extreme II 480Gb Solid-State Drive (SDSSDXP-480G)

I think there’s no doubt that I love solid state drives. Can’t have enough of them. While on a “per gigabyte” basis, they look expensive compared to hard drives, their true economy is in saving time and improving performance. To … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 2 – Transcend SSD340 256Gb + StoreJet 25S3

Having just done a review and teardown of the Transcend SSD340 256Gb SSD, astute readers will note that the product was purchased in a bundle with a Transcend branded USB 3.0 2.5″ enclosure. While the inclusion of the enclosure is … Continue reading

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