Recommended USB drives

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USB drives should have a metal shroud around the USB connector. If you use a USB drive that has a plastic shroud or no shroud, then you will get connectivity problems on some computers (don’t ask me how I know!).

Always buy a USB 3 drive as they will be much faster than USB 2 drives even if you only have a USB 2 port available.

USB Flash drives (Removable type)

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.2 with retractable metal USB 3 connector (420MB/s rd, 380MB/s wr)

Sandisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 (Gen 1) CZ880 (#Amazon ad link)  (review) Fast and most compatible

Transcend JetFlash 920 (#Amazon ad link)  (review)

USB Flash drives (Fixed/Hard Disk type)

Corsair GTX USB 3.1 (review)

Silverstone 2242 M.2 SATA III SSD to USB 3.1 Gen 2 Enclosure with Retractable (SST-MS09C-MINI) – add M.2 card for superfast USB!


For USB booting I recommend using a USB 3.0 enclosure (not USB 3.1 or 3.2) and an SSD drive (lower power requirement than HDD, more robust, no spin-up delay).

USB CD\DVD Emulator

IODD range – e.g. The IODD Mini SSD (recommended) also supports encryption. Can emulate Removable or Fixed USB drive. Can be write-protected.

IODD’s can be loaded with 100’s of ISOs and VHD files. You can then load one or more of these via the IODD controls to emulate a CD\DVD\Removable drive\Fixed drive.

USB Flash Encrypted

Kingston DT2000


USB 3 Y-cable – Useful when using USB HDD with higher power requirements

USB 2 extension cable – Use between USB 3 port and USB 3 drive to force system to use USB 2 protocol and drivers. Do NOT buy a USB 3 cable (USB3 has blue connectors!).

Note: Buy good quality shielded USB cables with metal USB shrouds around each connector.

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