The Fastest Mac Compatible USB Flash Drives

Mac Compatible USB Flash Drives

Flash Memory Stick Mac USB Backup Drives

With faster potential transfer rates, Thunderbolt compatible USB 3.2 and USB4 flash drives are the the future for the Macintosh platform. Most feature a conventional, rectangular Type-A USB plug, but many are starting to incorporate a reversible Type-C connector for the latest Apple iMac, Mac mini and MacBook computers with USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 & 4 ports.

High-Speed Flash Thumb Drives For Mac Computers

For easy file transfer between Macs and Windows PC's, for sharing Photos, MP3 Music files or documents -- or for critical off-site backup storage of essential business and accounting files. Affordable, low-cost Mac compatible USB keychain flash drives are a great Macintosh accessory to have on-hand.

External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Flash Drives

With the arrival of the unifying Type-C interface, we're seeing USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 and 3 compatible flash drives for Macs hitting the market. Higher end drives implementing the full Gen2 USB 3.1 specification are more likely to leverage the extra bandwidth using higher speed flash memory chips and more sophisticated controllers to deliver more SSD-like speeds.

Fastest Flash Drive Ever!
Kingston NVMe SSD Keychain Drive

Extreme Performance : Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Connector

The newest generation of Type-C keychain drives have begun using SSD caliber NVMe flash modules and sophisicated PCIe controllers yielding external USB-C SSD backup drive performance in an ultra-slim thumb drive form factor. Kingston's DataTraveler Max delivers up to 1000MB/s read speeds, in capacities up to 1 Terabyte making it the FASTEST Thunderbolt compatible flash drive on a stick - ever!

Corsair GTX USB-A Benchmarked Fastest

Impressive Real-Word Read/Write Performance

For more affordable, more modest speeds comparable to a SATA III SSD drive, Corsair's GTX family of rectangular USB-A port flash drives is a solid performer in the 400MB/s speed range.

External USB 3.X Flash Drives

Here's a sampling of some of the faster SuperSpeed USB 3.X keychain style drives on the market:

Patriot Best Drive SanDisk Top Performer Dual Type C/A Plugs
SuperSonic Flash Drive

Patriot Magnum Series
SanDisk Extreme Pro

Up To 420MBps Reads
Switchable USB-C/A Ends

Fast Reads To 350 MBps

Bigger IS Better : Best Flash Drives For Apple Users

Too many people are tempted by small capacity, low-cost thumb drives -- which sadly are far too easy to outgrow. Altho you may find deals on skimpy 32GB - 64GB drives, you'll never regret paying up a bit for a flash drive that has the room to grow along with ever-increasing data file sizes. Realistically these days: Look for 128GB or larger drives that can serve your OSX backup needs for years to come.

Fastest Mac Compatible USB 2.0 Flash Drives Made

Not all flash drives are created equal. Just as with SD slot cards - there are ultra high-speed flash drives that can read and (particularly) WRITE data far, far faster if you shop around. Two of the fastest USB flash drives ever benchmarked are The Patriot Xporter XT Boost USB 2.0 Flash Drive and the OCZ Rally2 Dual Channel 16 GB Drive are top-performers that redefine flash drive performance.

USB 3.0 Flash Drives For Apple Computers

SuperSpeed USB 3 is the future for high-speed computer peripherals. For select Macintosh Pro tower owners (using a Mac compatible USB3 PCI adapter) and MacBook Pro models with ExpressCard slot - USB 3.0 is here today and can take advantage of the speeds of a USB3 Flash Drive or USB3 backup drive - today. Other's may find investing in USB 3.0 Interface storage devices to be a smart buy over the long haul. Mac users can enjoy USB 2.0 transfer speeds now - then step up to SuperSpeed data transfer rates when Apple includes built-in USB3 ports in the future.