Is 64 GB big enough for a USB flash drive I will be using to store 1080p movies?

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by PT99, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. PT99

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    How many 1080p movies will it hold? I'm considering the Sandisk Extreme for its high speed but the biggest version they make is 64 GB. Is there a drive of equal speed and quality that is available in 128? Thanks!
     
  2. Troncoso

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    I'd give it 10-16, depending on the movie file sizes. High speed doesn't really mean a whole lot. The files will transfer a bit faster, but it's not going to affect the video playback.
     
  3. beers

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    128 GB doesn't cost a significant amount more, just depends on how many movies you want to have.

    Speed isn't that important for playing the movies off of the storage.
     
  4. PT99

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    Right but I feel like that is a huge convenience being able to quickly transfer them when I want to watch a movie. The cheap drive I have now feels like it takes forever.
     
  5. beers

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    You can just stream it off of the stick.
     
  6. Troncoso

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    I feel like the word "stream" could easily be misinterpreted here.

    Basically, anything that you can plug the USB drive into to transfer the movie, could just as well read the movie straight off the USB drive.
     
  7. PT99

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    Right that's what I am doing, I'm talking about transferring the movies from my desktop to the flash drive.
     
  8. Troncoso

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    Are you going to be doing that a lot? You can probably hold around 30-40 movies on 128GB (at 1080p).
     
  9. PT99

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    Well it depends. How many times can you erase or delete movies from the drive and put new movies on it before it loses functionality? If this is not a problem I will be ok w 64 GB and just store all of the movies on my desktop and transfer them when I want to watch them.
     
  10. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

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    Hundreds of thousands of reads and writes need to occur before the drive is shot. It won't happen in your lifetime.
     
  11. PT99

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    Ok, so you would prob go w the Extreme and it's speed writing over high storage?
     
  12. beers

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    If you're that set on the extreme, just get the extreme.
     
  13. voyagerfan99

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    To me, a flashdrive is a flashdrive. I don't normally notice much performance difference between them. But then again, I also don't own any USB 3.0 flashdrives.
     
  14. PT99

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    I was just informed that most actual BluRay rips are at least 21 GB. Is this true?
     
  15. voyagerfan99

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    If you go completely lossless then yes they can be that large. However you can get 1080P files that are anywhere from 1GB-21GB.
     
  16. spirit

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    Most 1080p Blu-ray rips are compressed and around 3-8GB per movie I'd say but the file size depends on the bit rate they have been ripped at. The higher the bit rate is the larger the file is.
     
  17. PT99

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    For the best picture quality how big does it have to be?
     
  18. beers

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  19. PT99

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    How big is a lossless rip?
     
  20. Geoff

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    A single layer Blu-Ray disc is 25GB, and a dual-layer is 50GB, so I'd imagine somewhere around there.
     

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