May 24, 2016

A race!

So my order to NewEgg was for two flash disks and two cans of compressed air "dusters", and as always seems to be the case Newegg divided them into two orders and shipped from two locations.

The flash disks shipped from Oakland by Fedex overnight, and Fedex tracking says they're at the Portland sort facility and on track to deliver today "before 8 PM".

The dusters shipped from Tukwila, WA by UPS overnight, and UPS tracking says it's in Portand and on track to deliver "by end of day".

So who will win the race, Fedex or UPS? Stay tuned...

UPDATE: AND THEY'RE OFF! UPS tracking shows "Out for delivery" as of 0701.

UPDATE: Fedex shows the package at Lake Oswego as of 0817.

UPDATE: Starting from the pit lane, Fedex now reports the package on a truck out for delivery at 0852.

UPDATE: And there's the checkered flag! 1220 Fedex wins. Now to see how well these memory sticks work.

UPDATE: I might have known; like all mass storage makers, they're using 109 as a "gig" instead of 230. Windows says 468G.

UPDATE: And a 22G transfer went at 33 MB/s, compared to about 12 MB/s for the USB2 drives. I think we have a winner here.

UPDATE: And UPS limps across the finish line at 1320. And now I can go take a nap, thank goodness, because I really need one.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 05:33 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 "a 22G transfer went at 33 MB/s" That's not too shabby.  Unfortunately it seems to be really hard to find speed benchmarks of flash drives, and the claimed "up to" speeds are...optimistic.  It appears that most people just want cheap storage and aren't overly concerned with speed.

Posted by: RickC at May 24, 2016 06:21 PM (FvJAK)


Neither am I, frankly. The USB2 flash drives were painfully slow, but these new ones are acceptable.

I suspect it's the NAS that's gating this; it was never very fast.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 24, 2016 06:30 PM (+rSRq)


It's definitely the NAS that's throttling the transfer. I copied one of my anime directories to my local drive (about 30 MB/s), and from there to the flash drive, which was 220 MB/s.

That NAS has always crawled.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 24, 2016 07:03 PM (+rSRq)


And in one afternoon I backed up my entire anime collection onto these two flash disks, both of which are now full. Except I didn't back up Dragon Ball (330G) or Fairy Tail (118G).

I think I'll order a couple more of these flash drives. There's other stuff I'd like to archive.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 24, 2016 09:50 PM (+rSRq)

5 I wish Flash memory was shelf-stable... I make backups to spinning disks because I'm worried that I'll leave a Flash drive disconnected from power for too long (a year or two), and it'll stop being a backup.  But then I worry that the mechanical parts of the spinning drives will fail, and those drives will stop being backups...

Anyone know a cure for chronic worrywartism?  Other than multiple backups?

Posted by: Mikeski at May 24, 2016 11:01 PM (A8RoD)

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