• Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)
  • Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)
  • Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)
  • Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)
Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)
Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)
Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)
Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)

Transcend 16GB JetFlash 500 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (TS16GJF500)

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  • Capless design with a sliding USB connector
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Easy plug and play installation
  • Offers a free download of JetFlash Elite data management tools
  • USB powered; No external power or battery needed

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Defective after a year Let me preface this review with the condition that I never treated this this JetFlash 500 Transcend 64GB to rough conditions such as washings and shock.The reason I say this is because this flash drive after a year has the worst transfer speed I have ever seen. My old spinning external hard drive on USB 2.0 had a faster transfer rate. The problem with flash drives is that they inherently have manufacturing defects that are "corrected" by controller chips with complex code which distribute your files in a way that avoid the defects.I don't know if this is the definite reason for my now terrible flash drive but the speed has dropped sharply. I can no longer use it for storing anything large since the transfer time is just too long. Maybe one of the chips inside my flash drive failed but my warning is don't spend money on this flash drive if you want it to be a trust worthy long term storage. Your data and transfer rate may encounter errors after a year like mine or maybe the week after you buy it. It worked great when I just got it but I wanted a flash drive that would last me a reasonable time, not less than a free flash drive I would get from a conference. 2No problems here One of the complaints I see a lot about these high capacity jump drives is failure of the media, which will then not reformat, leaving a dead device.I've been using this regularly for three months now with no problem. I haven't really used a lot of these over the years, so I'm no expert on how "fast" they are supposed to save and read files. However, I haven't at any time felt like I was waiting too long for even large file transfers to complete.The unit has a convenient slide to protect or extrude the USB connector. When fully extruded, it locks into position so that you don't just push the USB connector back into the cover when you try to plug it into a computer. However, make sure that you aren't putting pressure on the slide button when trying to plug it in, or you can accidentally release it anyway.I'm happy with this device and feel no qualms about recommending it to other customers. 5Good space for 50cents a GB but not the fastest Packaging - Frustration free so it arrives loosely dangling in a regular thick envelope. The drive just bounces around inside, but this is all solid state so should be ok. The only worry is the mechanical parts such as the USB plug that extends out and the plastic casing it sits in.Price - good price point of 50cents/GB.Capacity - Good at 64GBSpeed - I am getting average write speeds of around 7.5MB/s (sometimes spikes to 15MB/s as well!) which is decent. I just did an rsync of my linux files to here and 7.5MB/s is not that bad. I transferred 50GB of data to it in . Files were a mixture of <100KB to over 100MB. Haven't tested with the video files which are 1.5GB on average yet.So it is not really the fastest drive. Read speeds are much higher at around 15MB/s avg as expected.This is also a USB 2.0 drive. With a USB 3.0 drive, speeds should be much faster.Bundled software - thankfully this is a blank drive with nothing on it.Other thoughts -I bought the Transcend 64GB over the Patriot Rage 64GB because that is twice the cost of this, but that does offer double write speed as well. Still I am not too worried about this because it is very good for its price.Also Due to the way storage is reported (2^10 vs 10^3 i.e. 1024 bytes making up a GB in engineering notation vs 1000 making up a GigaByte in SI notation), the drive formatted reported is 61GB. Rest assured, it is the same as advertised. The drive companies use powers of 10 whereas computers use powers of 2 causing this confusion. To avoid this, everyone should just report it in the standard Engineering notation of Kibi, Mibi, Gibi etc. Technically this is a 61GiB drive. 4Great price per GB I used this drive in my car stereo. Works like a charm.I went with this drive because the price is right, has decent reviews, and has a large storage capacity.Blue activity LED.No hiccups thus far, and I've filled the drive twice. Write speeds are as advertised, read speeds are phenomenal.I might grab a couple more of these as separate backup drives for various things. Quickbooks, for instance. The price is just right that I can offer these to people as backup solutions so they don't have to order them and wait, and I can install them right then and there while I'm working on their computer or network.If you are looking for an extremely fast drive that will be swapping large files frequently, I recommend the Mushkin drives. But if you don't care about write speeds (i.e. simple backup flash, copy files once in awhile, storage for school, etc) this drive is perfect. Can't beat the price.Also comes with a handy hole to put a lanyard (small diameter thread) or small thin keyring for use on a keychain, etc. 4Dismal performance on two of these I recently came up with a lot of music MP3 files to transfer from my PC to my IMAC. I have two of these 32 gig Transcend drives and it was so annoying because after a couple hundred meg's they would just stop and freeze. I had thousands of songs grouped in files averaging around 1 gig each. They just couldn't handle the job at all. So I took a chance and bought a Kingston 128 gig Data Traveler usb 2.0 drive, much like these transcend drives. The Kingston worked flawlessly! I could move 70-80 gigs at a time with the Kingston with no hitch and it worked perfectly with both my IMAC and my PC. As I was trying to solve this issue before I bought the Kingston, I started reading the many negative reviews about these transcend drives. I did also notice that Transcend suggested the people with problem drives contact Amazon for a RA. The only thing Amazon did for me was tell me my time was up and I could not get a return authorization. Okay, it has been a while, but Transcend admitted they are flawed! If you are looking for a reliable drive that works well, go for the Kingston and stay away from the Transcend. I am hoping that I can work something out fairly between Amazon and Transcend, like they say they have fixed the problem. Well I feel they should send me a couple of new drives that work. 1Do not trust the words "Lifetime Warranty" This is not so much a review of the product - which was fine while it worked - as it is a review of the unscrupulous practices of the Transcend RMA Department. One of the reasons that I purchased this particular USB flash drive was that it has a "Lifetime Warranty". I purchased this item in January 2011, and it was used sparingly to hold and transfer some working files. A little background on me: I was the IT Manager for a medium-sized business for over eight years, I have several technical certifications, and I know how to handle electronic equipment in a safe and careful manner.In early December of 2012, my Transcend 32GB Jet Flash 500 suddenly stopped working. It was no longer recognized by any computer that I plugged it into. I went to Transcend's website and filled out the RMA request - a process that was fairly simple. After getting an RMA number, I carefully wrapped the drive in a bubble-wrap pouch - WITH THE CONNECTOR FULLY RETRACTED INSIDE THE HOUSING - and mailed the package to Transcend's RMA Department. On January 15 2013, I received the thumb drive back from Transcend along with a document stating that the warranty was VOID due to the fact that the drive was "physically damaged". Indeed, the drive that they returned to me, which I can only assume is actually mine, is now physically damaged, as they have bent the connector so badly that it is no longer possible to retract the connector into the housing. I've tried to post a picture in the customer photos section, but so far it has not appeared. Maybe Amazon won't allow me to post it.I am very disappointed in the response from Transcend, and I will never purchase one of their products again. 1Great price, great speed, great bargain Short version: fantastic bargain, 32 gb for under $20, and for large files it's more than twice as fast as the Sandisk Cruzer 8 gb that I had been using. Mediocre build quality.Longer version: I never expected a large capacity USB flash drive to be this fast. My first test was transferring 12 large video files, 4.1 gb, to both drives:--- Sandisk Cruzer 8 gb -- 4-5 mb/second, 14 minutes--- Transcend Jetflash 32 gb -- 11-12 mb/sec, 6 minutes.Transcend wins by a mile.Second test was 450 mb of mixed files, 2100 items total:--- Sandisk Cruzer 8 gb -- 2-3 mb/sec, 2 minutes 45 seconds.--- Transcend Jetflash 32 gb -- 1-2 mb/sec, 3 minutes.Sandisk wins by a nose. Between capacity and speed on the large files, I'm calling Transcend the clear winner.It has mediocre build quality -- a cheap, rattly plastic case, probably not sturdy enough for a key ring, or other forms of banging around. The LED operating light is barely visible. For the money I paid, though, neither of these are an issue for me.I highly recommend this flash drive. 5Transcend 64 GB VS SanDisk Cruzer 64 GB I am a SanDisk fan. I have always used there products and have been happy with the speed and reliability that they offered. Recently I upgraded from the SanDisk Cruzer 16GB to the 32GB. Right away I noticed it was taking longer to move files. Also from time to time it would just stop during transfer. I left it on all night thinking it would finish and it never did. I Decommissioned that one and bought another a few months later locally this time. I figured I must have gotten a hold of a bad one. The new 32GB Cruzer did the same thing. I just worked around the issues and continued using it. I figured the 32gb model must be flawed in some way. Still being a fan of SanDisk Cruzers I just recently upgraded to the 64GB model. So far it hasn't stopped during transfer but it still seemed to be taking to long. I decided to try a little test. I Purchased a Transcend 64GB thumb drive. I made a folder on my desktop and put 70 files of varying sizes equaling 4.03GB. I copied the folder to my SanDisk and timed it then I did the same with the Transcend. Here are the results:SanDisk Cruzer 64GB USB Flash Drive SDCZ36-064G-B35 transferring 70 files equaling 4.03GB it took 18.34 minutesTranscend 64 GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB Flash Drive - TS64GJF500E transferring the same took 13.43 minutesI can't speak for the long term reliability of the Transcend thumb because this is the first I've owned. What I do know is that it has a good solid feel, it's cheaper then the SanDisk of the same size, and it's considerably faster. I'm going to continue testing this drive and if it works out and I grow to trust it I will post again and let everyone know. For now I'm going to lean toward Transcend.** Update as of 01/30/2013 **I continued using both the Sandisk 64 and the Transcend 64 daily at work. The Sandisk is still significantly slower and occasionally stops responding during transfer. Unfortunately there is no safe way to remove it because technically it's still in use and will not respond to safe ejection procedures both in Windows and Linux. I just do a system shutdown hopping the OS will safely close the open files. I then remove it, restart the machine and try again. This may sound a bit extreme but I do it for a reason. One time it stopped responding on a 3 gig transfer so I let it sit for an hour. When I came back it was still unresponsive so I removed it and took it to another machine I was updating. When I inserted it the new machine I was asked if I wanted to format the Sandisk. I lost everything. Fortunately I had the same data on the transcend so it was just an inconvenience. If however I had been relying solely on the SanDisk it would have been a very long night. The Transcend 64 still continues to surprise me with it's reliability and speed. It is used at work in the daily grind and shows no signs of instability or speed loss.Seven month tested daily, head to head- Transcend 64 GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB Flash Drive TS64GJF500E VS SanDisk Cruzer 64GB USB Flash Drive SDCZ36-064G-B35. And!... It's Transcend for the Win! Sorry SanDisk, this was a complete miss match. With all your resources, funding, and experience You should have stomped transcend into the ground. You need to get your staff into one room and discuss who dropped the ball and what your going to do about it. Your pro's, this should never have happened and because it did you've introduced doubt into the minds of consumers you had won over years ago. This leaves me wondering was it a shameful loss for SanDisk or is there a new player in the game. In my opinion Transcend just stepped out of the background and into the foreground. They will be given serious consideration during my purchases in the future. 4Looks just like the Sandisk Cruzer Micro - but a whole lot FASTER I bought a Transcend 16 GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB Flash Drive back in September 2010. I have it connected to my desktop PC as secondary storage most of the time, only occasionally remove it to transfer files. So far it worked perfectly fine for the past 1.5 years. It should be noted that I have used at least half a dozen USB drives and more than 20 flash memory cards in the past decade, and none of them ever failed on me. So it could be that I am just more careful with semiconductor devices (I always discharge myself of any possible electrostatic charge before handling memory cards, for example)Physically, this Transcend USB flash drive looks almost identical to the SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16GB drive. The retractable USB plug on the Transcend drive also works EXACTLY the same way as the Sandisk (I'm surprised that somebody hasn't got sued yet). But that's where the similarity ends, because the Transcend JetFlash is a whole lot faster!When I first received this Transcend JetFlash drive, I put it through several benchmark programs, to compare against the Sandisk Cruzer Micro:- For typical photo files, write speed of the Transcend varies from 6.8MB/s (for 1MB file) to 11.3MB/s (for 5MB file). In contrast, the Sandisk only ranges from 2.0MB/s to 3.5MB/s. That means the Transcend is about 3x faster than the Sandisk! (See my Customer Images for details)- For very large video files, the Transcend writes at about 7.8MB/s, while the Sandisk only reaches 5.1MB/s. The difference in smaller but still significant.In terms of storage space: The Transcend drive reports 15.1GB of total capacity, while the Sandisk drive reports 14.9GB. Note that it is normal for a '16GB' flash drive to show only 14.9GB of storage, because 14.9GB for computer people (where 1GB = 2 to the power 30) actually translates to about 16,000,000,000 bytes. So that can be called '16GB' according to marketing people (where 1GB = one billion bytes).In summary, the Transcend JetFalsh 16GB drive looks and works just like the Sandisk Cruzer Micro, but its write speed is +50% to +200% faster than the latter. At the present price of just over $0.80 per GB (which is half of what I paid for my unit just 20 months ago), it is a great value.On the other hand, right now you can get the Kingston DataTraveler 16 GB Flash Drive DT101G2 for about the same price, but the Kingston is faster in writing large files (11.4MB/s compared to 7.8MB/s). So overall I have to rate the Kingston drive 5-star and the Transcend drive 4-star.Some additional notes:- Several reviewers have reported bad experiences using this USB drive on the Xbox 360. Right now your only safe bet is to get the Xbox 360 - 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk, which costs twice as much.- If you don't intend to use the software supplied by Transcend, simply rename the file "Autorun.inf" (located at the root directory of this drive) to something else, such as "Autorun._inf". Then you can use it as a simple USB storage device. 4Transcend 16 GB JetFlash 500- I Bought It For The Xbox 360 I ordered this USB Flash Drive so as to make back-up saves for my Xbox 360 Saved Games. It works well with the Xbox 360. Just plug the USB into any USB Ports on the console. I typically plug the Transcend into one of the controller ports on the front of the console.Then, go to your Xbox 360 System Settings and just navigate to the Storage section. You should see all the active hard drives listed in there, including the Transcend USB Drive (as long as it's already plugged into one of the console ports).You can copy your Xbox 360 Game Saves, DLC Saves, as well as Avatar Saves, from your Xbox Hard Drive over to your USB Drive. You can also copy game data, as well as images and video, from the Transcend USB over to your Xbox 360 Hard Drive. You can copy audio/video data from your computer onto the USB Drive, before then transferring that data into your Xbox 360 drive.This version of the Transcend 16 GB Jet Flash 500 USB Drive is retractable, so you can extent the USB drive out of it's plastic casing, or retract it back into the plastic casing, kind of like a pen.This retractable function might make it a bit difficult to easily plug this USB into the front controller ports of the Xbox 360. It's not a deal-breaker, but you has to make sure that this USB is properly and fully plugged into either of the front controller port. In other words, make sure that the Jet Flash USB is fully extended, outside of it's plastic casing, before trying to plug it into any USB ports on the Xbox 360. It works best that way.Also remember: 16GB is the absolute highest memory capacity for any USB you can use on your Xbox 360. You can't make use of any of the extra memory space on any higher capacity USB drives that go over 16 GB.Works well with the Xbox 360 as an extra or as an external storage device. Also, the Transcend USB Drive continues to work just fine on your regular computer or PC, so no worries about any of that. 4
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Description
  • Capless design with a sliding USB connector
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Easy plug and play installation
  • Offers a free download of JetFlash Elite data management tools
  • USB powered; No external power or battery needed
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Defective after a year Let me preface this review with the condition that I never treated this this JetFlash 500 Transcend 64GB to rough conditions such as washings and shock.The reason I say this is because this flash drive after a year has the worst transfer speed I have ever seen. My old spinning external hard drive on USB 2.0 had a faster transfer rate. The problem with flash drives is that they inherently have manufacturing defects that are "corrected" by controller chips with complex code which distribute your files in a way that avoid the defects.I don't know if this is the definite reason for my now terrible flash drive but the speed has dropped sharply. I can no longer use it for storing anything large since the transfer time is just too long. Maybe one of the chips inside my flash drive failed but my warning is don't spend money on this flash drive if you want it to be a trust worthy long term storage. Your data and transfer rate may encounter errors after a year like mine or maybe the week after you buy it. It worked great when I just got it but I wanted a flash drive that would last me a reasonable time, not less than a free flash drive I would get from a conference. 2No problems here One of the complaints I see a lot about these high capacity jump drives is failure of the media, which will then not reformat, leaving a dead device.I've been using this regularly for three months now with no problem. I haven't really used a lot of these over the years, so I'm no expert on how "fast" they are supposed to save and read files. However, I haven't at any time felt like I was waiting too long for even large file transfers to complete.The unit has a convenient slide to protect or extrude the USB connector. When fully extruded, it locks into position so that you don't just push the USB connector back into the cover when you try to plug it into a computer. However, make sure that you aren't putting pressure on the slide button when trying to plug it in, or you can accidentally release it anyway.I'm happy with this device and feel no qualms about recommending it to other customers. 5Good space for 50cents a GB but not the fastest Packaging - Frustration free so it arrives loosely dangling in a regular thick envelope. The drive just bounces around inside, but this is all solid state so should be ok. The only worry is the mechanical parts such as the USB plug that extends out and the plastic casing it sits in.Price - good price point of 50cents/GB.Capacity - Good at 64GBSpeed - I am getting average write speeds of around 7.5MB/s (sometimes spikes to 15MB/s as well!) which is decent. I just did an rsync of my linux files to here and 7.5MB/s is not that bad. I transferred 50GB of data to it in . Files were a mixture of <100KB to over 100MB. Haven't tested with the video files which are 1.5GB on average yet.So it is not really the fastest drive. Read speeds are much higher at around 15MB/s avg as expected.This is also a USB 2.0 drive. With a USB 3.0 drive, speeds should be much faster.Bundled software - thankfully this is a blank drive with nothing on it.Other thoughts -I bought the Transcend 64GB over the Patriot Rage 64GB because that is twice the cost of this, but that does offer double write speed as well. Still I am not too worried about this because it is very good for its price.Also Due to the way storage is reported (2^10 vs 10^3 i.e. 1024 bytes making up a GB in engineering notation vs 1000 making up a GigaByte in SI notation), the drive formatted reported is 61GB. Rest assured, it is the same as advertised. The drive companies use powers of 10 whereas computers use powers of 2 causing this confusion. To avoid this, everyone should just report it in the standard Engineering notation of Kibi, Mibi, Gibi etc. Technically this is a 61GiB drive. 4Great price per GB I used this drive in my car stereo. Works like a charm.I went with this drive because the price is right, has decent reviews, and has a large storage capacity.Blue activity LED.No hiccups thus far, and I've filled the drive twice. Write speeds are as advertised, read speeds are phenomenal.I might grab a couple more of these as separate backup drives for various things. Quickbooks, for instance. The price is just right that I can offer these to people as backup solutions so they don't have to order them and wait, and I can install them right then and there while I'm working on their computer or network.If you are looking for an extremely fast drive that will be swapping large files frequently, I recommend the Mushkin drives. But if you don't care about write speeds (i.e. simple backup flash, copy files once in awhile, storage for school, etc) this drive is perfect. Can't beat the price.Also comes with a handy hole to put a lanyard (small diameter thread) or small thin keyring for use on a keychain, etc. 4Dismal performance on two of these I recently came up with a lot of music MP3 files to transfer from my PC to my IMAC. I have two of these 32 gig Transcend drives and it was so annoying because after a couple hundred meg's they would just stop and freeze. I had thousands of songs grouped in files averaging around 1 gig each. They just couldn't handle the job at all. So I took a chance and bought a Kingston 128 gig Data Traveler usb 2.0 drive, much like these transcend drives. The Kingston worked flawlessly! I could move 70-80 gigs at a time with the Kingston with no hitch and it worked perfectly with both my IMAC and my PC. As I was trying to solve this issue before I bought the Kingston, I started reading the many negative reviews about these transcend drives. I did also notice that Transcend suggested the people with problem drives contact Amazon for a RA. The only thing Amazon did for me was tell me my time was up and I could not get a return authorization. Okay, it has been a while, but Transcend admitted they are flawed! If you are looking for a reliable drive that works well, go for the Kingston and stay away from the Transcend. I am hoping that I can work something out fairly between Amazon and Transcend, like they say they have fixed the problem. Well I feel they should send me a couple of new drives that work. 1Do not trust the words "Lifetime Warranty" This is not so much a review of the product - which was fine while it worked - as it is a review of the unscrupulous practices of the Transcend RMA Department. One of the reasons that I purchased this particular USB flash drive was that it has a "Lifetime Warranty". I purchased this item in January 2011, and it was used sparingly to hold and transfer some working files. A little background on me: I was the IT Manager for a medium-sized business for over eight years, I have several technical certifications, and I know how to handle electronic equipment in a safe and careful manner.In early December of 2012, my Transcend 32GB Jet Flash 500 suddenly stopped working. It was no longer recognized by any computer that I plugged it into. I went to Transcend's website and filled out the RMA request - a process that was fairly simple. After getting an RMA number, I carefully wrapped the drive in a bubble-wrap pouch - WITH THE CONNECTOR FULLY RETRACTED INSIDE THE HOUSING - and mailed the package to Transcend's RMA Department. On January 15 2013, I received the thumb drive back from Transcend along with a document stating that the warranty was VOID due to the fact that the drive was "physically damaged". Indeed, the drive that they returned to me, which I can only assume is actually mine, is now physically damaged, as they have bent the connector so badly that it is no longer possible to retract the connector into the housing. I've tried to post a picture in the customer photos section, but so far it has not appeared. Maybe Amazon won't allow me to post it.I am very disappointed in the response from Transcend, and I will never purchase one of their products again. 1Great price, great speed, great bargain Short version: fantastic bargain, 32 gb for under $20, and for large files it's more than twice as fast as the Sandisk Cruzer 8 gb that I had been using. Mediocre build quality.Longer version: I never expected a large capacity USB flash drive to be this fast. My first test was transferring 12 large video files, 4.1 gb, to both drives:--- Sandisk Cruzer 8 gb -- 4-5 mb/second, 14 minutes--- Transcend Jetflash 32 gb -- 11-12 mb/sec, 6 minutes.Transcend wins by a mile.Second test was 450 mb of mixed files, 2100 items total:--- Sandisk Cruzer 8 gb -- 2-3 mb/sec, 2 minutes 45 seconds.--- Transcend Jetflash 32 gb -- 1-2 mb/sec, 3 minutes.Sandisk wins by a nose. Between capacity and speed on the large files, I'm calling Transcend the clear winner.It has mediocre build quality -- a cheap, rattly plastic case, probably not sturdy enough for a key ring, or other forms of banging around. The LED operating light is barely visible. For the money I paid, though, neither of these are an issue for me.I highly recommend this flash drive. 5Transcend 64 GB VS SanDisk Cruzer 64 GB I am a SanDisk fan. I have always used there products and have been happy with the speed and reliability that they offered. Recently I upgraded from the SanDisk Cruzer 16GB to the 32GB. Right away I noticed it was taking longer to move files. Also from time to time it would just stop during transfer. I left it on all night thinking it would finish and it never did. I Decommissioned that one and bought another a few months later locally this time. I figured I must have gotten a hold of a bad one. The new 32GB Cruzer did the same thing. I just worked around the issues and continued using it. I figured the 32gb model must be flawed in some way. Still being a fan of SanDisk Cruzers I just recently upgraded to the 64GB model. So far it hasn't stopped during transfer but it still seemed to be taking to long. I decided to try a little test. I Purchased a Transcend 64GB thumb drive. I made a folder on my desktop and put 70 files of varying sizes equaling 4.03GB. I copied the folder to my SanDisk and timed it then I did the same with the Transcend. Here are the results:SanDisk Cruzer 64GB USB Flash Drive SDCZ36-064G-B35 transferring 70 files equaling 4.03GB it took 18.34 minutesTranscend 64 GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB Flash Drive - TS64GJF500E transferring the same took 13.43 minutesI can't speak for the long term reliability of the Transcend thumb because this is the first I've owned. What I do know is that it has a good solid feel, it's cheaper then the SanDisk of the same size, and it's considerably faster. I'm going to continue testing this drive and if it works out and I grow to trust it I will post again and let everyone know. For now I'm going to lean toward Transcend.** Update as of 01/30/2013 **I continued using both the Sandisk 64 and the Transcend 64 daily at work. The Sandisk is still significantly slower and occasionally stops responding during transfer. Unfortunately there is no safe way to remove it because technically it's still in use and will not respond to safe ejection procedures both in Windows and Linux. I just do a system shutdown hopping the OS will safely close the open files. I then remove it, restart the machine and try again. This may sound a bit extreme but I do it for a reason. One time it stopped responding on a 3 gig transfer so I let it sit for an hour. When I came back it was still unresponsive so I removed it and took it to another machine I was updating. When I inserted it the new machine I was asked if I wanted to format the Sandisk. I lost everything. Fortunately I had the same data on the transcend so it was just an inconvenience. If however I had been relying solely on the SanDisk it would have been a very long night. The Transcend 64 still continues to surprise me with it's reliability and speed. It is used at work in the daily grind and shows no signs of instability or speed loss.Seven month tested daily, head to head- Transcend 64 GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB Flash Drive TS64GJF500E VS SanDisk Cruzer 64GB USB Flash Drive SDCZ36-064G-B35. And!... It's Transcend for the Win! Sorry SanDisk, this was a complete miss match. With all your resources, funding, and experience You should have stomped transcend into the ground. You need to get your staff into one room and discuss who dropped the ball and what your going to do about it. Your pro's, this should never have happened and because it did you've introduced doubt into the minds of consumers you had won over years ago. This leaves me wondering was it a shameful loss for SanDisk or is there a new player in the game. In my opinion Transcend just stepped out of the background and into the foreground. They will be given serious consideration during my purchases in the future. 4Looks just like the Sandisk Cruzer Micro - but a whole lot FASTER I bought a Transcend 16 GB JetFlash 500 Retractable USB Flash Drive back in September 2010. I have it connected to my desktop PC as secondary storage most of the time, only occasionally remove it to transfer files. So far it worked perfectly fine for the past 1.5 years. It should be noted that I have used at least half a dozen USB drives and more than 20 flash memory cards in the past decade, and none of them ever failed on me. So it could be that I am just more careful with semiconductor devices (I always discharge myself of any possible electrostatic charge before handling memory cards, for example)Physically, this Transcend USB flash drive looks almost identical to the SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16GB drive. The retractable USB plug on the Transcend drive also works EXACTLY the same way as the Sandisk (I'm surprised that somebody hasn't got sued yet). But that's where the similarity ends, because the Transcend JetFlash is a whole lot faster!When I first received this Transcend JetFlash drive, I put it through several benchmark programs, to compare against the Sandisk Cruzer Micro:- For typical photo files, write speed of the Transcend varies from 6.8MB/s (for 1MB file) to 11.3MB/s (for 5MB file). In contrast, the Sandisk only ranges from 2.0MB/s to 3.5MB/s. That means the Transcend is about 3x faster than the Sandisk! (See my Customer Images for details)- For very large video files, the Transcend writes at about 7.8MB/s, while the Sandisk only reaches 5.1MB/s. The difference in smaller but still significant.In terms of storage space: The Transcend drive reports 15.1GB of total capacity, while the Sandisk drive reports 14.9GB. Note that it is normal for a '16GB' flash drive to show only 14.9GB of storage, because 14.9GB for computer people (where 1GB = 2 to the power 30) actually translates to about 16,000,000,000 bytes. So that can be called '16GB' according to marketing people (where 1GB = one billion bytes).In summary, the Transcend JetFalsh 16GB drive looks and works just like the Sandisk Cruzer Micro, but its write speed is +50% to +200% faster than the latter. At the present price of just over $0.80 per GB (which is half of what I paid for my unit just 20 months ago), it is a great value.On the other hand, right now you can get the Kingston DataTraveler 16 GB Flash Drive DT101G2 for about the same price, but the Kingston is faster in writing large files (11.4MB/s compared to 7.8MB/s). So overall I have to rate the Kingston drive 5-star and the Transcend drive 4-star.Some additional notes:- Several reviewers have reported bad experiences using this USB drive on the Xbox 360. Right now your only safe bet is to get the Xbox 360 - 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk, which costs twice as much.- If you don't intend to use the software supplied by Transcend, simply rename the file "Autorun.inf" (located at the root directory of this drive) to something else, such as "Autorun._inf". Then you can use it as a simple USB storage device. 4Transcend 16 GB JetFlash 500- I Bought It For The Xbox 360 I ordered this USB Flash Drive so as to make back-up saves for my Xbox 360 Saved Games. It works well with the Xbox 360. Just plug the USB into any USB Ports on the console. I typically plug the Transcend into one of the controller ports on the front of the console.Then, go to your Xbox 360 System Settings and just navigate to the Storage section. You should see all the active hard drives listed in there, including the Transcend USB Drive (as long as it's already plugged into one of the console ports).You can copy your Xbox 360 Game Saves, DLC Saves, as well as Avatar Saves, from your Xbox Hard Drive over to your USB Drive. You can also copy game data, as well as images and video, from the Transcend USB over to your Xbox 360 Hard Drive. You can copy audio/video data from your computer onto the USB Drive, before then transferring that data into your Xbox 360 drive.This version of the Transcend 16 GB Jet Flash 500 USB Drive is retractable, so you can extent the USB drive out of it's plastic casing, or retract it back into the plastic casing, kind of like a pen.This retractable function might make it a bit difficult to easily plug this USB into the front controller ports of the Xbox 360. It's not a deal-breaker, but you has to make sure that this USB is properly and fully plugged into either of the front controller port. In other words, make sure that the Jet Flash USB is fully extended, outside of it's plastic casing, before trying to plug it into any USB ports on the Xbox 360. It works best that way.Also remember: 16GB is the absolute highest memory capacity for any USB you can use on your Xbox 360. You can't make use of any of the extra memory space on any higher capacity USB drives that go over 16 GB.Works well with the Xbox 360 as an extra or as an external storage device. Also, the Transcend USB Drive continues to work just fine on your regular computer or PC, so no worries about any of that. 4
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