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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review – Speed, Security and a Lifetime Warranty

The world of flash drives continues to change and, for the most part, many features we might like to see still aren’t present in today’s solutions.  Simple software security that allows a secure folder to store sensitive data, apart from the normal storage area where we can throw daily data,  comes to mind right away. And what about lifespan?  Even today we wonder just how long our flash drive will really last and what type of performance drop we might see along the way. And then there is the issue of speed….

SanDisk has tried to change all of that with their new SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive and, taking a look at many of its features, someone seems to have finally been listening to what the consumer asked for.  Our review will get into much more detail about things such as  a very easy to use SanDisk Secure Access Vault, along with amazing speeds and a very well-built device, but perhaps the best thing SanDisk has included for consumer confidence is a lifetime warranty on the Extreme Pro.  Thats right…a flash drive that will last as long as its owner and one that is 60x faster than any USB 2.0 flash drive.

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Package

SPECIFICATIONS

The SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive is only available in the 128GB capacity and can be found at the $150 price point.  It is capable of performance up to 260MB/s read and 240MB/s write, includes SanDisk Secure Access 128-bit AES encryption software, and is compatible with both Windows and Mac systems.  In fact, the drive comes already formatted for both.

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Open

SANDISK SECURE ACCESS

The SanDisk Extreme Pro Flash Drive has Secure Access 128-Bit AES encryption software included, this easily being one of our favorite features.  Installation is very easy and, once installed an icon of a vault appears in your menu, and directory listing.  Clicking the vault will then bring up the password page:

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive SecureAccess Vault Closed

Once the vault is opened, it then opens to an area where you can drag and drop any file, each being encrypted immediately for your security.  One can even create folders to better organize their files:

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Vault Open

EXTREME PRO CONSTRUCTION

One of our favorite things about the SanDisk Extreme PRO is that it is virtually indestructible.  In their design, SanDisk surrounded this flash drive with a single piece of solid aluminum ensuring that it would not be physically damaged anytime soon.

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive Front

In addition, there are no lids to lose as the USB 3 connector can be hidden away with a simple sliding of the switch on top of the device.

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3 Straight

Check out the performance on the next page…

The world of flash drives continues to change and, for the most part, many features we might like to see still aren't present in today's solutions.  Simple software security that allows a secure folder to store sensitive data, apart from the normal storage area where we can throw daily data,  comes to mind right away. And what about lifespan?  Even today we wonder just how long our flash drive will really last and what type of performance drop we might see along the way. And then there is the issue of speed.... SanDisk has tried to change all of that…

Review Overview

Product Build
Features and Security
Performance
Warranty
Price

Speed, Security and a Lifetime Warranty

Summary : The SanDisk Extreme Pro has amazing 'user friendly' data security, a life time warranty, 128GB of storage, as well as wicked performance.

User Rating: 4.75 ( 1 votes)
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About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • capedave

    Good one Les! Looks like a finally useful USB drive. I may get one.

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Check Out the links added!

  • BHP

    LoL “single piece of solid aluminum” it’s wrapped in foil.

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Not quite, this aluminum shell cannot be damaged; we tried.

  • Benjamin Hojnik

    This is using the same controller as their budget line of ssds (sandisk ssd), right ?

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Unfortunately, we cannot get inside the flash drive without destroying it…we have requested the answer…

      • Benjamin Hojnik

        Well, i was checking the older 64GB model and it seemed, they are using their SSD controller (one found in their entery level ssd) coupled with usb3 to sata bridge chip.
        So unless they redesigned the controller to have usb3 aswell (which seems highly unlikely when looking at the random speeds) i think they are indeed using the same setup as their older ones.

  • MemoMan

    Interesting flash drive , Does it have an LED activity light ?
    Although SanDisk flash drives are interesting they have annoyingly been excluding LED activity indicator lights from them which I think is bad and makes their drives look like dull pieces of metal and plastic with a USB connector !.

    I like the question at the start of the review about how long will these drives last because interestingly enough I still have my very first ever flash drive from 9 years ago, I left some data on it to see if I could access it in the future since the manufacturer promised it would retain data for 10 years …..fingers crossed for a few more months on the experiment…

    • Benjamin Hojnik

      Well, jedec states, that flash need to hold data for a minimum of 1 year, so … :)
      Data is probobly still there, epecially if the drive was used afterwards :)

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Yes, it is just above the ‘USB’ on the top…

  • lasvegascolonel

    Right now (June 8, 2014) Costco is selling this for under $100 and they have an open return policy. The picture on their site is incorrect, but it is the Extreme Pro 128gb and describes the aluminum body. The savings on this one item pays for the annual Costco membership. I took back a 32GB Sandisk to Costco that wasn’t working right and I had used it six months. Most places are still selling them for a bit under $150.

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