When it comes to backing up your important documents or easily transporting files, one of the safest and easiest ways to do so with is a USB flash drive. Smaller and more compact than a portable hard drive and easy to use without WiFi, unlike the Cloud or other online storage systems, USB flash drives continue to be a preferred method of storage and backup for many computer and smartphone users.
We like using our USB flash drives because of their size, making it easy to carry with us anytime. Two of the flash drives we’ve included on our list can plug directly into a smartphone, acting as additional storage for photos, videos and your music library. Because of the flash drive’s compact case, these USBs can go with you while you travel or on your daily commute.
We also like using USB flash drives for sensitive documents when you don’t want to upload them to a WiFi-enabled storage system. A USB can make it easy to transport private documents or any files that you want to easily share without creating an online backup system.
Affordable, practical, and easy to use, these USB flash drives will put extra storage at your fingertips, literally.
1. EATOP Phone External Expandable Memory Storage
Turn your 16GB iPhone into a 144GB iPhone using the EATOP Phone External Expandable Memory Storage USB flash drive. Featuring a 3-in-1 multiport, the EATOP can plug directly into your iPhone to act as bonus storage for photos, videos, and music, with 30MB/s reading speed and 10MB/s writing speed. The USB port also folds back to reveal an Android port, making this an extra storage unit that can be used on multiple types of devices.
Pros: The EATOP can be protected with Touch ID and password encryption, meaning you don’t have to worry about your documents falling into the wrong hands if you lose the USB.
Cons: Most covers on iPhones and Androids must be removed to insert the EATOP.
2. SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive for Android Devices
Plug your USB directly into your computer or Android with the SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive, which includes a smooth sliding function that allows users to choose between the flash drives’ USB 3.0 connector or micro USB connector. Customers have access to the SanDisk Memory Zone available through Google Apps that makes it easy to manage your photo and video library.
Pros: The high-speed SanDisk Ultra has an impressive 150MB/s file transfer rate from drive to computer.
Cons: Unlike the EATOP which can be plugged directly into iPhones and Androids, the SanDisk Ultra does not have an iPhone connector (it can still be plugged directly into Mac computers with a USB 3.0 port).
3. SanDisk Cruzer 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
For a USB with lots of storage and a reliable interface, we recommend the SanDisk Cruzer 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive. Compatible with both Mac and Windows, the SanDisk Cruzer is a straightforward flash drive that can act as a file backup or a way to easily transport documents.
Pros: The SanDisk Cruzer comes with a five-year warranty and SecureAccess software download that enables users to make their files password protected.
Cons: The SanDisk Cruzer is a USB 2.0 flash drive, which means its upload times are slower than the other two USB 3.0 flash drives on our list.