Western Digital today announced the launch of its latest SanDisk-branded product, a 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive, which it says is the fastest, highest capacity USB flash drive the company has ever made.

Designed to provide the speed and reliability of a solid state drive in the form factor of a small USB flash drive, the SanDisk Extreme Pro can reach read speeds of up to 420MB/s and write speeds of up to 380MB/s. According to Western Digital, a full-length 4K movie can be transferred to the drive in less than 15 seconds.

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"The combination of SSD performance and a compact USB form factor offers the ultimate performance and convenience for moving files easily and quickly," said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. "With its increased capacity and blazing speeds, the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive is our sleekest, most powerful SanDisk USB device yet."

Western Digital plans to begin offering the SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive in late January from retailers like Amazon.com and Best Buy. It will be priced at $179.99.

Western Digital is also debuting a new SanDisk-branded A1 microSD card at CES, which offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s. With read IOPS (input-output access per second) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, it can open apps and process files more quickly. SanDisk's Ultra microSD card with A1 will be available in January of 2017 for $199.99.

Top Rated Comments

Bubba Satori Avatar
66 months ago
Insert snarky dongle joke here
OK.







Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
66 months ago
It's so nice to see a successor to the Extreme Pro. We use them at work to re-image Macs; reinstalling MacOS takes a long time, but if you just restore an image of the hard drive to the machine from one of these flash drives, it only takes about 40 seconds to get a machine up and running with a fresh install.

They're blisteringly fast and now these are even faster! Now to get the boss to buy a couple...
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dmylrea Avatar
66 months ago
Jesus stop trying to sell us stuff
I'm not sure this is Jesus's fault. :) But I, for one, find the information useful and don't feel they are trying to sell anything. It is CES week after all.

Isn't the internet driven by ads?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bubba Satori Avatar
66 months ago
Sandisk releasing old USB peripherals at CES-2017. Someone clearly didn't get the memo.
90% of the computing world who didn't have the ports they need taken away from them will love them.
The other 10% will buy another dongle.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pat500000 Avatar
66 months ago
Finally, a happy news!!!!! I need this. This is like ssd on the go.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ike1707 Avatar
66 months ago
Insert snarky dongle joke here
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