The 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive Is a Tiny Wonder

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The Lowdown

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive has quickly become a very handy piece of gear for me. I can use it to transfer photos between my laptop and phone easily, and I love that it is a solid little backup device that can hold everything I might need to store — at least until the next memory leap when we are all talking about those “olden days when 1TB seemed like a lot of memory.”

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • Tiny size drive with up to 1TB memory
  • Works with USB Type-C or Type-A devices
  • Perfect for moving files between laptop, Android phone, and tablet
  • Manual and automated backup scheduling included in-app

Cons

  • Social Media backup feature on the app doesn’t work for me
  • No option for encryption may be a deal-breaker for some
  • It gets hot to the touch when moving large files

It wasn’t so long ago that 1GB seemed like an astronomical amount of memory, but now it’s passé. Most laptops come with at least 512GB, and now you can even get a 1TB flash drive that’s about the size of a child’s thumb for less than $300. Crazy, right? Say hello to the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive.

1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive

Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive has both a USB-A connector as well as a USB Type-C connector; depending upon which way you swivel the connector, you can use it with smartphones, tablets, and laptops that have either port. Since USB Type-C drives aren’t yet on every computer (even though it may seem that way), it’s great that the Type-A connector is included.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe measures 1.8″ long by 0.5″ wide by 0.35″ at its widest spot, and it weighs just 0.4 ounces. This little drive is so small that you’ll be thankful for its solid little metal body’s built-in keyring or lanyard hole; otherwise, losing it would be too easy!

1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive

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SanDisk says the Ultra Dual Drive Luxe has read performance of up to 150MBs per second. A speed test showed those numbers to be accurate. Long story short, it’s not the fastest when moving huge amounts of data, but it isn’t a slouch either.

Speed Test of the 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive

I timed moving a 214.66GB folder full of photos to the drive, and it took about six hours; obviously, that was an extreme example. I also moved a 3.29GB file (of over 4,000 items) to the drive, which took about 3 minutes.  The tiny 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive would be handy enough on its own for copying and storing files. The drive also comes with software included that can help with organizing your files and maximizing your storage on both your phone or tablet, as well as on the drive itself.

Let’s take a look at the process of getting set up with the SanDisk Memory Zone software that comes loaded on the drive.

“Now what?” You might ask. Now we walk through a series of screens that tell you what you’ll be able to do …

The next set of screens will walk you through adding your cloud services so that you have multiple storage locations available to move files to and from and copy to or from.

Those aren’t the only tricks up the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive’s sleeve, however. You can also use the SanDisk app to delete junk files, clean up WhatsApp media, backup and restore your files and contacts, and manage/uninstall apps on your Android device.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

Well, there’s 3/4GB I just freed up! 😉

Under Backup and Restore, there are some handy options. You can choose from doing a manual backup, and automatic backup, or a social media backup.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

I don’t keep a lot of items on my Pixel because I’ve been conditioned to upload everything to the cloud to maximize my device’s storage.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

The Automatic Backup option allows you to choose times, dates, and locations for backing up and storing your photos, music, and other files.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

Social Media backup requires you to sign in to each of your accounts and authorize access. I’m not sure why, but Instagram caused issues with this process; it would not allow me to stay signed in, so I eventually unchecked that option. Perhaps a future update will fix that.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

Once you hit that Backup Items button, you’ll be directed to this screen that allows you to tell the app where to back those social media files up to.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

I tried several times to do a social media backup; it never worked, and I am not sure why. Perhaps the sheer volume of photos and videos on my social accounts overwhelmed the process, but I could never get it to work correctly. Hopefully, if it’s a software issue, that will be corrected soon because that would be a convenient feature. So back to that menu of options …

SanDisk Memory Zone software

The Manage Apps option allows you to quickly select apps to uninstall. You can sort them by name, date, and size for easier selection.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

From the Home screen, you can pull up the storage status of your phone or tablet, the Dual USB Drive, as well as the status of your connected cloud services.

If you’re moving many files, the drive can heat up a bit; otherwise, I haven’t got any complaints about its performance. One thing that might be a deal-breaker, though, depends on how you intend to use the drive because there is no encryption option on the drive for your data. It’s not a big deal for me, but it could be you.

One last thing worth mentioning is that when you’re done using the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive, you shouldn’t forget to eject it rather than just pulling the drive out of the port; you’ll do that from your dropdown notification screen.

SanDisk Memory Zone software

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive has quickly become a very handy piece of gear for me. I can use it to transfer photos between my laptop and phone easily, and I love that it is a solid little backup device that can hold everything I might need to store — at least until the next memory leap when we are all talking about those “olden days when 1TB seemed like a lot of memory.”

In the meantime, I’ve copied all of the digital photos and documents that I keep in the cloud to it (about 290GB worth!), and I love that it’s one more place I can store digital items that I never want to lose. The Ultra Dual Drive Luxe has quickly become one of my most indispensable pieces of gear!

Prices for the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive start at $10.99 for the 32GB model and go up to $249.99 for the 1TB model I tested; it is available directly from the manufacturer and other retailers, including Amazon.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I Like: Tiny size drive with up to 1TB memory; Works with USB Type-C or Type-A devices; Perfect for moving files between laptop, Android phone, and tablet; Manual and automated backup scheduling included in-app

What Needs Improvement: Social Media backup feature on the app doesn’t work for me; No option for encryption may be a deal-breaker for some; It gets hot to the touch when moving large files

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.