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post #1 of 5
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Which do you prefer SD or USB and why.

and what one do you use (link)

I prefer SD cards because they are easy to store, harder to break off of your computer when plugged in, and have never had one fail.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA12K0SM5390

I give it a 10/10
post #2 of 5
Nowadays I prefer to use Dropbox.

But for file transfers locally I'll use a USB3 USB drive, SD cards feel too flimsy to me.
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post #3 of 5
I agree on Dropbox, but between USB and SD, i'd say USB since I don't have a card reader on my current build. I also favor the versatility of USB since basically everyone has it and USB3 is plenty fast and readily available now.

SD cards have their purpose and place, sometimes where USB wouldn't be an option (cameras, phones, etc), but you could always just get a USB3 SD card reader and get the best of both worlds biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 5
Isn't the preference based mostly on what hardware you'll be using it with? I've got a SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive which works great for transferring files between offline computers (most of which do not have a built-in card reader). Sure, I can use a (micro)SD card with a thumb drive-sized card reader but those are considerably slower than my flash drive (even if I'm capped to USB 2.0 speeds).

Obviously, for cameras, phones and tablets I would use (micro)SD. There are also cloud storage services for smallish files.
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post #5 of 5
I have both SD Class 10 cards and USB 3.0 sticks Both are pretty fast. My computer has an internal card reader installed. I prefer the cards for my cameras (obviously). For transferring a few files between computers, I prefer the USB sticks. They are a bit easier for my arthritic fingers to handle and less likely to get lost in my pocket. They are also easier find in my drawer, notebook case, and purse (I keep a few in each place) and I don't have to horse around with a case (the sticks have a sliding cap). I don't worry about breaking them off when plugged in because I use a two port USB 3.0 dock on my desk (I usually use only one port at a time to avoid throttling).

I have some old Class 4 cards I keep handy for when I want to transfer files, such as photos, to a friend's computer. If they got lost, it would be no loss to me.
     
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