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USB 3.0 or SD XC? what speed is adequate?

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what is best for storage?

I really just want to store videos and music

not run programs or video games

 

from what I understand, the SD card is much slower

but would that even be noticeable loading 30min movies? 

 

the benefit of the SD card is I can leave it in the windows tablet permanently

but the USB 3.0 is faster and cheaper, I believe than a 128GB SD XC

 

EDIT:

wow, it is cheaper to get an external SSD

instead of a USB 3.0 stick

that is crazy

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Dont want just a plan old normal external hard drive.

Or is this to be used on a tablet for travel or something on the road all the time?

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yeah its a microsoft surface 3 TABLET

has one USB 3.0 and a SD slot

 

I use a portable hard drive at home

but like on an airplane I want to cut down on wires and such

 

since flash sticks have been getting cheaper I was thinking maybe it's time to make a switch

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You can get decent 128GB USB 3.0 flash drives for pretty cheap now, 256GB drives aren't quite there yet (not counting the one I got free after rebate a while ago :P ) but the speed and versatility would far outweigh them being less streamlined with the tablet. Especially if you're swapping it back and forth a lot.

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I'm curious, from a speed point of view, not just for storage... Is an SD card faster or USB 3.0 flash drive faster?

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For a tablet, a microSD card is just more convenient. If you want cheap, you can always buy multiple fast 64GB microSD cards rather than one big fast one. If you want cheap, but big, just get a SSD and a SATA to USB adapter, and then another USB to microUSB adapter. Or, if you want to go a bit smaller, a mSATA SSD, and a mSATA to USB housing adapter, and a USB to microUSB adapter.

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I'm curious, from a speed point of view, not just for storage... Is an SD card faster or USB 3.0 flash drive faster?

It totally depends on the adapter, card, etc.

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