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is it possible to purchase online an external 1TB USB flash drive for under $100?

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              I am wondering if it is possible to purchase online an external 1TB USB flash drive for under $100.  The external 1Tb flash drive would need to be compatible with Windows 10 and interface with a standard USB 2.0 port of an Acer Aspire laptop.  

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Joe Winograd

8/22/2022 - Mon

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Take your pick of the ones there.  There are USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 versions.  USB 3.0 is theoretically backwards compatible with USB 2.0, if you are planning on using USB 3 at some time then consider those.  If not then USB 2 will be fine.

I was looking a quality drives. Over $400 for a Corsair and I would give it a life expectancy of 1 month and several uses.

My counsel is to use a USB hard drive and for durability one with a power supply that plugs in.
Joe Winograd

Hi George,
My opinion is...NO! Any (supposed) 1TB flash drive that you see for under $100 is likely to be a fake (do a web search for "fake flash memory"...read it and weep). Yes, you'll see them on eBay (and even Amazon), but I wouldn't touch them with a 10-foot pole...just one person's opinion, of course. Regards, Joe
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I doubt it. The cost of the NAND is too expensive right now. Can you find a 1 TB SSD for anywhere close to  $100? The main cost in a larger SSD or large thumb drive is the NAND itself.

and be aware, if you buy cheap flash drives, they use slower write speeds than the ones from well known brands.
i just bought cheap 2 ADATA USB 3 - 16 and 32 Gb flash drives, and found them on write speeds 5x slower than my old Kingston Data traveller
almost as slow as usb2.....

you can not expect that such a drive  (cost about 500$  can be gotten with same specs for 100$

Hi Everyone,

           Thank you for your shared input to my question.  I found every answer certainly enlightening and thought-provoking.   After reviewing all of the feedback in addition to checking out various online purchase links, I have to agree with John with respect to choosing an external USB drive over a flash drive because of pricing and long-term dependability advantages.  The chosen one was from Amazon.  It is a WD 2TB Elements Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive at $64.99.  For an extra $15, I went ahead and purchased an Amazon Basics External Hard Drive Case and a Lacdo EVA Shockproof Carrying Case.  The only limitation, which occurred to me after the purchase, is that the 2TB USB drive gets its power completely from the USB port and does not have its own power supply.  Hopefully, this oversight will not prove to be a big mistake.  Other than that, I am completely happy with this purchase.


            Thanks again :-)

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i would never advise an external drive without it's own power supply; if it is not needed per sé

Thanks for the update and good luck with the USB external drive.
Joe Winograd

Hi George,
That's a good choice for an external, portable USB drive. I have that model, WD Elements, in both USB2 and USB3 versions, as well as the WD Passport model, also in USB2 and USB3, and in varying sizes, up to 2TB. All have performed very well over many years. I travel with two of them regularly, most recently in the AmazonBasics Hard Carrying Case for My Passport Essential. Don't worry about your "oversight"...all of them have worked fine with power drawn from the USB port. Regards, Joe
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Hello Joe,

          Thank you very much for sharing your positive experiences with the WD Elements and the WD Passport.   Your reassurance certainly makes me feel much more confident with my recent purchase.

Joe Winograd

You're welcome, George. I think you'll be very pleased with the drive. Regards, Joe