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Old April 3rd, 2019, 09:05 AM   #1
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recommended USB drives?

We've talked about this periodically but time passes and things change so....
What USB drives do you guys recommend for USB delivery?
Any sites where you can get a quantity to save money?

Right now I'm interested in this for dance recitals but eventually for weddings too.
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Old April 4th, 2019, 03:44 AM   #2
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Hi David,

I tend to scout Amazon for deals then bulk buy. I did get one dodgy batch, but the thing about Amazon, there's a good process for getting it replaced, which Amazon takes seriously, so any suppliers connected to them do as well. I

I don't stick to a particular brand. USB 3.0 is ideal, but I've gone down to 2.0 and still been able to play files easy from it.

I'd be wary of dropping your price too low for buying USB and some can be prone to failure. It's why I like using Amazon as a glance of a review section can give some idea as to quality of the product.
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Old April 4th, 2019, 03:57 AM   #3
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I buy plain white Kingston USB drives direct from Amazon in 16 and 32gb sizes and I use these for video and for high res photo files.

I use a Dymo labeller, black print on white background adding the clients name and wedding date plus my website and a description of what is on the drive.

I find these much more appropriate than the ridiculous USB drives that many retailers offer. They remind me of easter eggs (do you get that in the USA?) - massive packaging with tiny product hidden inside somewhere.

I still supply on DVD as well as its still popular. I buy DVD cases in bulk from Riviera Multimedia in the UK and print my own photo sleeves. The USB drive goes in the same box as the DVD

I supply MP4 files on NTFS by default so there is no question of having to split files. I supply at 1080p and use a high rate of 20 max 14 average to make these somewhat future-proof, what with 8k starting to pop up. The 1080p looks gorgeous upscaled on my two LG 4k TV's anyway. No client queries what so ever so far :- )

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Old April 4th, 2019, 07:50 PM   #4
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We've talked about this periodically but time passes and things change so....
What USB drives do you guys recommend for USB delivery?
Any sites where you can get a quantity to save money?

Right now I'm interested in this for dance recitals but eventually for weddings too.
Buy usb encasements and print an insert. 8-16gb $4-5 Sandisk usb flash drive or equivalent.

I do like the fancier packaging for weddings. Its a classy touch a bride will appreciate and remember.

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Old April 5th, 2019, 02:29 AM   #5
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We have a company here who does quite a novel package, It's a 6 page photo album but the the middle pages are cut out to take two DVD's and two USB's ...you then add a couple of 5x7 prints using the existing blank photo pages to create a unique package that is less likely to be thrown in the cupboard after the first viewing. Dunno if they still do them but it did add perceived value to a wedding package
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Old April 19th, 2019, 09:34 AM   #6
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Re: recommended USB drives?

Thanks everyone.
Most of the quantities of USB drives seem to be unfamiliar brand names. Do you have any links for the brands you use?
I don't want them failing and making unhappy customers yet also don't want to pay a lot since it's a small budget job.

Later I'm going to look into these nicer options you listed for weddings.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 07:48 AM   #7
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Re: recommended USB drives?

Well I bought some 16GB PNY USB flash drives at walmart on clearance for $3 each for my first batch. And I ordered this vinpower 1:7 standalone USB duplicator.
https://www.amazon.com/Vinpower-Digi...U81U/din02c-20

I'd prefer a 1:15 but these things get expensive fast. So I figure 1:7 not tieing up my computer will be good enough. I anticipate using USB drives increasingly more in the future so I think having a duplicator to save time will pay off.
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