Today I found a flash drive I purchase back in January of 2004. I compared that drive performance to a brand new Kingston DataTraveler. I know the theoretical maximum transfer speed of USB 1.1 is 12Mbps per second and USB 2.0 is that of 480Mbps per second – but it’s always fun to get a real world test.
My real world test came up with the following results.
The “fast drive” from January 2004:
The “fast drive” of today:
USB 1.1 Generic drive = .77MBs per second
USB 2.0 Kingston DataTraveler = 12.2MBs per secondWOW – what a huge difference. Putting that into perspective a couple years ago it would take me about 16 minutes to transfer the new Chris Daughtry album to flash, where as today that same transfer would take me about 6 seconds. I guess one is definitely not usable for Readyboost.
This info is nothing new – just interesting to have a retrospective of where we came from.