Compatible USB flash drives with Xbox 360?

Hi-
Does anyone here know of any good 16GB USB thumbnail drives that can be used with a new Xbox 360S model that doesn't have a hard drive?

I know there's an official Xbox USB drive from Sandisk, but it's very pricey. And I have an old thumbnail drive that the 360 can read, but I get the message that its performance is too slow for game installs. Does anyone know of any other brands/models fast enough to be used for whole game installs?
Thanks!

Ignore the message about it being too slow. I think it tells you that no matter which drive you use if it's not the "official" one (a ripoff). Just use any ol' thumb drive, and let it format it.

I used an ordinary sandisk drive and got the same BS 'too slow' warning, and my file transfer speeds are fine.

Jeff-66 wrote:

I think it tells you that no matter which drive you use if it's not the "official" one (a ripoff).

That's definitely not the case, but a lot of drives do report that error. I believe any flash drive that is rated for ReadyBoost should completely pass the 360's tests.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Jeff-66 wrote:

I think it tells you that no matter which drive you use if it's not the "official" one (a ripoff).

That's definitely not the case, but a lot of drives do report that error. I believe any flash drive that is rated for ReadyBoost should completely pass the 360's tests.

My usb drive is readyboost capable, and got the "too slow" warning.

Well so much for that theory then. I have an old Sandisk Cruzer Micro that works great, but when trying to find a new one I went through several before just giving up and paying the MS tax for the 8GB

I've had three different random drives that weren't official Xbox drives work without the error. Unfortunately, the Supermicro 16GB that I'd been using actually died last week, taking my profile and Darksiders "completed on hard but not quite 1000 pt achievements" game save with it No way I'm doing that again to finish the 1000 pts.

I use a Patriot XPorter XT. Works great. The 16gb was like $30 on Amazon.

My 16gb Kingston Data Traveller brought up the error, but works absolutely fine.

I use a 16GB Lexar JumpDrive FireFly, which I bought specifically for that purpose. It's currently $30 on Amazon and $25 (but sadly out of stock at the mo) on Newegg. That seems to be about the price you can expect to pay for a 16GB drive with a decent speed rating.

MannishBoy wrote:

Unfortunately, the Supermicro 16GB that I'd been using actually died last week, taking my profile and Darksiders "completed on hard but not quite 1000 pt achievements" game save with it No way I'm doing that again to finish the 1000 pts.

I worry about that too. For the games that will allow it (most) I make copies of my saves from my thumb drive to the hard drive or on-board memory chip on the 360.

Jeff-66 wrote:

I worry about that too. For the games that will allow it (most) I make copies of my saves from my thumb drive to the hard drive or on-board memory chip on the 360.

Ah, but I did have a second save on the HD for Darksiders. It was just one that I'd played through to the flying level on easy to get that achievement. I never overwrote that with the REAL save, though

Thanks, everyone! I'll do a little shopping, now.

Great info. I was wondering about this myself, as I had formatted an 8GB Kingston to use, and was worried about that same error message.

Will transfer a game across and see how it goes, some of that new DLC is mighty hefty in the overhead department. Even my 120GB hard drive is beginning to groan a little under the pressure.

spider_j wrote:

My 16gb Kingston Data Traveller brought up the error, but works absolutely fine.

I have a 16 GB Kingston DataTraveler c10 (Yellow) and it's worked fine and didn't give me a "too slow" error at any point.

I have a SanDisk Cruzer 4Gb, it got the dreaded message. We'll see how things go.

So, uh, it's much bigger than a flash drive, but you can pick up a 250 GB 360 hard drive off of Woot.com right now for $50. If you're using it for game installs and storage and using the older 360, might as well spent an extra $20 and have more space than you'll know what to do with.

Shaq Fu Thug wrote:

So, uh, it's much bigger than a flash drive, but you can pick up a 250 GB 360 hard drive off of Woot.com right now for $50. If you're using it for game installs and storage and using the older 360, might as well spent an extra $20 and have more space than you'll know what to do with.

BAM. Sold. Think I'll still keep around a 360-formatted flash drive for sneakernetting my profile to people's houses and backing up important saves (since flash drives tend to be less failure-prone than hard drives, what with the not having moving parts), but you don't need much space for that sort of thing.

And so the great USB flash drive hand-downening begins again. The 16GB I'd been using with the 360 can be reformatted for use with my Wii, the 8GB stick that had been in the Wii can be reformatted back to FAT32 and used for general sneakernetting duty, my old 4GB general-use dealie can go in the toaster, my old 2GB toaster unit will make a great stocking stuffer for my dog, and the dog's old 1GB stick can go in the 360 and hold my profile. It's the circle of life, my friends.

Shaq Fu Thug wrote:

So, uh, it's much bigger than a flash drive, but you can pick up a 250 GB 360 hard drive off of Woot.com right now for $50. If you're using it for game installs and storage and using the older 360, might as well spent an extra $20 and have more space than you'll know what to do with.

Crap, I would have got me one of those if they shipped outside of the Continental US...

Any US Goodgers fancy grabbing me one, and I'll PayPal you the funds? I'm guessing the drives aren't region encoded, and the power brick covers the 240v/110v difference in the market.

PM me if you feel like it. Will cover the $50 + $5 shipping straight away so you're not out of pocket, then let me know what it will cost to ship down to Western Australia, and I'll transfer that amount over too.

As convoluted as that sounds, it retails for $149 over here!?!?

I was very happy when they announced the USB drive compatibility. Then I realized that, GB/dollar, it was even more expensive than their ridiculously overpriced harddrives.

I eventually purchased an official 250GB drive. I had to shower a few times but now I'm used to the shame and it's nice having all that space.

If you're going to go that route, make sure you're getting an official Microsoft product. I've only heard rumors of third-party drives acting weird but I don't really trust MS to tolerate that kind of choice, given the opportunity to do something about it.

Either way, if anyone buys a new drive and needs a transfer kit I've got one.

LobsterMobster wrote:

I was very happy when they announced the USB drive compatibility. Then I realized that, GB/dollar, it was even more expensive than their ridiculously overpriced harddrives.

I eventually purchased an official 250GB drive. I had to shower a few times but now I'm used to the shame and it's nice having all that space.

If you're going to go that route, make sure you're getting an official Microsoft product. I've only heard rumors of third-party drives acting weird but I don't really trust MS to tolerate that kind of choice, given the opportunity to do something about it.

Either way, if anyone buys a new drive and needs a transfer kit I've got one.

Just looked on eBay after Woot deal expired (Damn Major Nelson and his tweeting fingers) and there are so many 'dubious' OEM packaged deals, etc. It's tempting, but do I really want to trust all my hard earned save data to someting like that?

Might just trade in a whole heap of 'pile games' I've completed this year, get some store credit, and go the way of the 250GB. I have a 120GB at present, but just downloading some of this new stuff; TR - LC GotL for 2GB, numerous 1GB+ DLC, the 30GB I have spare on that one getting mighty cramped.

m0nk3yboy wrote:

Just looked on eBay after Woot deal expired (Damn Major Nelson and his tweeting fingers) and there are so many 'dubious' OEM packaged deals, etc. It's tempting, but do I really want to trust all my hard earned save data to someting like that?

You could always split the difference: use a small USB drive like the half-dozen you probably already have on hand for your irreplaceable save files, and a big cheap shady eBay'd hard drive for all the XBLA games and DLC and such that you can always redownload in the event of a catastrophic hard drive failure.

hbi2k wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

Just looked on eBay after Woot deal expired (Damn Major Nelson and his tweeting fingers) and there are so many 'dubious' OEM packaged deals, etc. It's tempting, but do I really want to trust all my hard earned save data to someting like that?

You could always split the difference: use a small USB drive like the half-dozen you probably already have on hand for your irreplaceable save files, and a big cheap shady eBay'd hard drive for all the XBLA games and DLC and such that you can always redownload in the event of a catastrophic hard drive failure.

That ideas crazy enough that it just might work...

I bought a couple of these 2GB ones back in April. They work fine on both my Xboxes, no warnings displayed.