Best USB drives

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USB Flash drives (Removable)

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)

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 enclosure (not USB 3.1 or 3.2) and an SSD drive (lower power requirement than HDD, more robust, no spin-up).

USB CD\DVD Emulator

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

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.