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Five Best USB Drives for DJs

Gear Reviews, News, Technology | Sep 02, 2016

Five Best USB Drives for DJs

Updated February 2018

If you’re a DJ in the market for a new USB drive, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best USB drives available in 2018. A USB drive allows you to effortlessly and safely carry your digital library anywhere you go.

Important factors to keep in mind when choosing a USB drive:

  • Size – a 32GB to 64GB drive holds about 3,200 to 6,400 songs
  • Speed – a 3.0 drive is over ten times faster than a 2.0 drive
  • Style – fits in tight spaces and won’t get knocked out of the USB port easily
  • Price – faster and higher storage capabilities = higher price tag

Here are our top picks for USB flash drives for 2018:

Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth 64GB USB 3.0

The Flash Survivor Stealth® USB 3.0 flash drive protects your files with anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum housing that is resistant to water, vibration and electric shock. Corsair says its internal memory is strong enough to watch most video files directly from the USB drive without having to transfer them to a desktop first.

This USD comes in 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB. Check out options on Amazon

Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth 64GB USB 3.0

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1

SanDisk Extreme PRO comes in both 128GB and 256GB. This super-fast USB is backward-compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports and is password protected with SanDisk Secure Access Software, so no one can access your DJ sets if its lost.

Scoop one on Amazon for $80 or $125.

extreme pro body

Lexar JumpDrive S75 USB 3.0 

The Lexar JumpDrive is said to have the fastest speed when it comes to transferring data files. The plastic casing features a convenient thumb slide with a retractable connector. Plus a sleek, attractive design with a metal alloy base and high gloss mirror finish. It protects your information using powerful EncryptStick™ Lite software.

Options for the Lexar JumpDRive include 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB. Find them on Amazon for $15-$65.

lexar body

 

SanDisk Ultra Fit Low-Profile Flash Drive

This option from SanDisk boasts high performance in a small package. Perfect for DJs on the go, this drive is available with 32, 64, and 128GB storage. It also comes pre-loaded with SanDisk SecureAccess and 1-year of RescuePro file recovery software.

Find prices on Amazon that range from $17-$37.

ultra fit body

 

Samsung 64GB Bar USB 3.0

The Samsung Bar has a great price compared to similar units, plus a unique and sophisticated metallic design. The high-quality metal casing adds durability, while the streamlined grip is easy to hold. Samsung’s patented 5-proof technology is waterproof, shockproof, temp proof, magnetic proof and X-Ray proof.

Check out 32, 64, and 128GB options on Amazon.

samsung body

BONUS: Kingston Digital HyperX Savage USB 3.1/3.0

The HyperX Savage delivers blazing transfer speeds of 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write to save time. Its slim design fits in tight console USB ports and lets you quickly access files with no performance lag. A bit pricier than other options, but there’s storage for days with an available 256 or 512GB model.

Find prices on Amazon.

hyper body

Be sure to label your USB drive with your contact information because it’s easy to forget or misplace something this small. Let us know if you have a favorite USB drive or leave your comments below. We want to hear from you!


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11 thoughts on “Five Best USB Drives for DJs

  1. I have the Sandisk one, and its been legitimately amazing. My entire collection synced from Rekordbox in barely anytime at all, I was stunned.

      1. I play often, I weed out tunes that I don’t need, or don’t fit what I play. I dont even half fill it up and could play a 10+ hr set no problem. Most dj sets are 1-2 hr sets I still have tons of room to wiggle. I also play a lot of my own material and music from my label. I don have like every hit from the 80s, nor would I ever care to.

  2. The Flash Survivor Stealth® USB 3.0 doesnt work that well, I know several DJs who have problems with this stick…. Emergency Loop or Now Loading also I read bad comments about this stick on other pages. you better take one of the other sticks.
    Cheers

    1. Only Samsung or a known company like Sandisk or corsair. The ones listed are not bad, but you need a great brand to make sure you are getting top USB3 speeds. I’ve seen non-brands claim USB3 speeds but only get 12mb transfer per second. Also, when push comes to shove you can copy and move large amounts of data FAST. I would recommend getting 2 identical drives and some software app that can mirror the data just in case your recordbox or serato database gets corrupted, or you lose/damage the usb. I can’t believe I still have DJ friends that lose their whole collection because they have standard USB or 2.5 external drives for their music. I would say something like http://www.microcenter.com/product/459074/128GB_USB_30_Fit_FlashDrive would be good since it has a dust cover and can fit on a keychain. The Kingston and the Samsung above are great but will be cumbersome if you keep the data on your keychain. Regardless the drive you get just make sure you have a mirror of the data periodically. Too many times I’ve seen friends lose their USB collection because they leave it in the mixer, laptop, decks of a club. Ultimate thing to do is to get a NAS drive to backup your WHOLE collection (videos and all) and only rely on USB’s for sets.

  3. I won’t recommend any Lexar USB stick.
    Got two brand new, had made all new playlists in Rekordbox, and the moment I put them on the CDJ, they stop working until today.
    All my computers (PC and MAC) can’t read or access them.
    Glad I have my Toshiba TransMemory U202 with me, because when you are ready to perform in front of more than 2000 people, you better have a plan B and C.

    Those TOSHIBA TransMemory U202 USB-Stick are also awesome for a 2.0 usb. they are fast and reliable.

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