I thought we were passed the slow drives of the USB 1.x days so any USB thumb drive would be pretty fast. But yesterday I bought a 128GB drive and I am finding it is painfully slow. Copying 80GB takes an hour. It's the SanDisk Cruzer Glide and I am finding it is quite slow. I have an external Flash drive from 2008 and it is much faster for copying large files.
My question is, how do I make sure when I purchase a USB thumb drive or external drive that it will be fast? I am looking at the technical specs and I do not see anything about the speed of the Flash drive. I do see it says it requires USB 2.0 for high-speed transfers which my computer has. Yet it is dramatically slower than the 4 year old drive.
I am working with on my MacBook Pro so I formatted it as MacOS Extended (Journaled) when it was originalled MS-DOS (FAT) formatted. Would it be faster if I format it back to MS-DOS?