Not all USB thumb drives are created equal.
If you’re like me you have a collection of USB thumb drives and growing. Most seminars and conferences hand them out for free because they have become such a commodity. The problem with these freebies is their performance. I’ve been benchmarking some of the thumb drives I have lying around and as expected their read/write and seek times are worse than some of the drives I’ve purchased myself. I used the datamarck utility for my testing.