SanDisk Format Guide

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File Storage – Which SanDisk’s format should you use?

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USB’s Flashdrives, Memory Cards, Solid State Drives. It can be hard to decide which format is best for you and your application. This guide will aim to highlight the key benefits and drawbacks of each and guide you in which format to utilise.

SanDisk’s USB Flash Drives

SanDisk 128GB Cruzer Blade USB Flash Drive

SanDisk’s USB flash drive utilise flash memory for writing and reading. USB flash drives are a great low cost solution suitable for the transferring of files on PC. USB flash drive have remained a popular solution for users with SanDisk’s flash drives widely compatible with operating systems.

SanDisk’s USB Flash Drives range enables connectivity with the traditional USB 2.0/3.0 which are great for PCs and Ultra USB (Type B/C) enabling connectivity with smartphones and Apple products.

There are various benefits of utilising a SanDisk USB Flash Drive. These include:

  • Compact and Portable – USB Flash Drives can be easily carried on a set of keys or in a pocket with ease.
  • Low Cost with a wide range of storage capabilities – Our SanDisk range typically varies from 16GB up to 256GB with Ultra Drive available up to 1TB.
  • Easy to set up and use – SanDisk’s Flash Drives enable simple plug and go for a wide range of operating systems.
  • Low power consumption without the need for additional cables.
  • Durability – SanDisk’s USB Flash Drives compact design ensures the device is less prone to damage.

Despite all the benefits of USB Flash Drives, the format does present some drawbacks. These are:

  • Reading and Writing speed tends to be slower comparative to other formats such as SSD’s.
  • Limited storage capacity means that USB’s may not be suitable for large files such as raw footage.
  • Limited number of write and erase cycles prior to failing (up to 100,000).
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Go USB Type-C 64G

What SanDisk’s Flash Drive are best used for? Transferring and saving of files such as documents and pictures. Storage and writing limits may make this format unsuitable for large file transfers.

SanDisk’s Memory Cards

SanDisk’s memory cards are avaiable in two formats, Secure Digital (SD) and Compact Flash (CF) cards.

The main distinction between SD and CF cards is the sizes of the card with the larger CF card enabling greater capacity and writing speeds. The increased speed and capacity of the CF card is loved by photographers over SD cards for use with high-end models.

SD cards are also available in the Micro SD variant, Standard SD cards are often utilised in cameras and laptops whilst Micro SD cards are loved by smartphone users.

There are key benefits of using a SanDisk memory card for your storage needs, these include:

  • Removable and Portable – Both SD and CF enable the user to easily remove the card without risk of damage to the card or device.
  • Low power consumption with no need for additional cable or accessories.
  • Easy set and formatting – many devices including cameras and laptops enable automatic driver set-up.
  • Wide range of storage sizes available with SanDisk’s Memory Cards ranging from 16GB to 1TB.
  • Available in Ultra (SDXC) variant suited for high-megapixel and high-definition photography.

There are drawbacks to SanDisk’s memory cards, these include:

  • The small compact design means that memory cards (especially SD) can be easily broken or lost.
  • Despite a high re-readability of up to 100,000 it is possible for memory cards to fail in heavy use.
  • CF cards tend to be more expensive than SD cards.
  • Switching the memory cards between various devices with different drivers may cause corruption.

What SanDisk’s Memory Cards are best used for? SD cards including Micro SD cards are best for smartphones and mid-range cameras. SanDisk’s memory cards are great for file transfer between smartphones, PCs and cameras. CF cards are great for those who require faster read capabilities and capability with high-range cameras.

SanDisk’s Solid State Drives

Solid State Drives or more commonly known as SSD’s are a storage format similar to Hard Drives but differ in both construction and readability speeds. SanDisk’s SSD’s have a lack of moving parts and utilise flash technology to deliver speeds up to 200 times faster than a typical Hard Drive.

The superior speed and functionality means that SanDisk’s SSD are now industry standard in modern computers and games consoles. SanDisk’s SSD’s not only enable far superior operating speeds but the portability of SanDisk’s SSD are loved by photographers and videographers.

SANDISK Extreme Portable External SSD – 250 GB, Black

There are various advantages to using a SanDisk Solid State Drive for your storage needs:

  • Ultra High Speed operation, comparative to a traditional Hard Drive, SSD operates at least 25 to 200 times faster.
  • Durability – the lack of moving parts means that compared to other storage formats, SanDisk’s SSD are robust and are unlikely to experience data losses due to potential drops.
  • SanDisk’s SSD’s are suitable for various devices including laptops, games consoles and production equipment – the best solution for serious filer handling.
  • Permanent deletion of data – The lack of physical disk means that data is permanently deleted ensuring users have peace of mind in data security.
  • Faster boot and performance of devices, the fast read speeds that

What SanDisk’s Solid State Drives are best used for?

SanDisk’s SSD’s are best for those who require the fastest storage solution. SanDisk’s SSD are compatible for use with the latest generation of laptops and games consoles enabling users to expand and upgrade their current set-up. SSD’s are the superior storage format and should be used by those who handle and transfer large amounts of data.

Despite all the benefits of SanDisk’s SSD range, there are some drawbacks, these are:

  • Price – comparative to traditional storage mediums such as memory cards and hard drives. SSD have a higher purchase costs for the superior performance.
  • Greater power consumption comparative to hard drives.
  • SanDisk’s SSD range are market leaders in SSD technology with up to 100,000 re-write cycles. Despite this, it is possible for an SSD to deteriorate with very heavy use.


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