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SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 64 GB – in all senses universal USB flash drive

How to make a truly comfortable, versatile drive that can connect to 99% of devices? SanDisk has the answer to this question, and to the solution of this problem she came very elegantly.

The solution to this is called the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0, and so is called a very compact USB drive, which can be connected to laptops and PCs on Windows and macOS, as well as all the modern gadgets on Android. IOS, of course, are not supported, but all blame Apple for using proprietary Lightning connector and useless restrictions in iOS.

SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is already available on the Russian market in versions for 32 and 64 gigabytes. In this test, consider the older mods and see what it is actually capable of.


What kind of USB flash drive

SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 done in an incredibly compact body-the slider. It is equipped with two connectors – USB 3.0 and microUSB 2.0, which already makes it universal (although below we consider additional ways of its operation, it is not suggested by the manufacturer).

The main body is made from extremely durable translucent plastic – it seems fragile, but actually break it so simply will not work. Trying to squeeze it with the fingers leads nowhere – he doesn’t even bend. The only question we have to lug for attaching to a keychain – now it just a bit thin. On the other hand, with the keys of the stick are not all so significant this defect is to call can not be sure.

The movable part of the housing is made of opaque plastic with texture for ease of grip. In the extreme positions (when nominated one of the two connectors), it is relatively reliable, but when connected to a PC or mobile device, we recommend to hold the Central part with your fingers.


Sync gadgets

For SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 microUSB used not just. Yes, in 2019 this interface is obsolete, however the vast majority of Russians will use smartphones equipped with it, instead of USB-C. Therefore, the choice was obvious.

We tested the drive in a pair with the smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Cell phone found it without any applications, moreover, recognizes the entire volume completely and instantly. To use the memory stick in this way using any file Manager, even after a default.

However, you can use branded Memory Zone app for Android, which you can find in the memory of the drive (though even with detailed instructions) and on Google Play. The program is easy to use and available in Russian.

My Memory Zone allows you how easy it is to copy data from the internal memory of the smartphone and back to backup, including in automatic mode. Directly from it you can send the desired information in different cloud storage. You can customize the display by file type (photo, music, video) or print the entire list of available memory.

In any of the programs the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is displayed in the Android as well as the internal drive, and copy it (or he) files the classic algorithm, the “copy-paste”. Stock speed is enough to run directly from it films in Full HD format and music in uncompressed FLAC format. Speed tests showed that when connecting specifically to our smartphone read speed flash drive up to 34 MB/s and write speed is 22 MB/s.

Note that while working in tandem with a smartphone, USB drive quite considerably heated. The reason for this strange behavior during testing were identified. And one more thing – if you run My Memory Zone, the device will be seen under the base file Manager. Have to close the app and reconnect the drive to your smartphone.


Additional synchronization capabilities

Imagine though, that you own an Android gadget with a USB-C port and memory stick SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 connector microUSB. The situation seems hopeless at first glance – in fact, to combine these devices, and without much cost.

To do this you need only two a cheap adapter – USB-A to USB-C and USB with microUSB in-C. they can be Purchased in any electronics store, though at the same AliExpress, and you’ll be surprised how cheap they are, and how much benefit thus bring.

From words to deeds. We tested both undocumented way to connect the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 to smartphone the editorial Xiaomi Mi 2 Max. As you can see in the pictures, the size adapter with a 50-penny coin enough to stick decided even on a smartphone, under which it was originally not sharpened. Importantly, in this type of connection transmission speed has not changed and remains at 35 MB/s reading and 22 MB/s when writing. Again, no additional software to operate the drive is not required, so the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 has proved its versatility.


Connecting to a computer

Work to the storage medium for a computer or laptop even more simplified, if your computer is not 30 years old. Now explain in detail.

So, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 sharpened for the USB 3.0 standard, thanks to which it achieves maximum speed performance – we managed to overclock it to 130 MB/s read and 19 MB/s when writing. For drives of this size indicators space, this does not take away. The tests were conducted on laptops running Windows 7 and Windows 10.

But it feels good and when connected to a USB 2.0 – dimensions characteristics all USB ports-A is identical and varies only in the data rate. In this case megabytes will fly round-trip speed with the same settings that the USB flash drive develops when working with a smartphone.

All of the above make a logical conclusion: the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 connects to almost all modern devices. Problems with her work you are guaranteed not to occur.

We will add that at the first launch of the 64 GB will be available to you 57,2 GB. This is solely due to the features of modern file systems, especially NTFS.


Pros the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0

maximum versatility;

– small dimensions;

– durable housing;

decent rates of speed.


Cons of SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0

– significant heating during operation;
– the need to reconnect to the smartphone when you change the file Manager.

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