Corsair USB 3.0 Flash Voyager Drives: EXT4 vs. NTFS vs. Btrfs vs. F2FS

Written by Michael Larabel in Storage on 26 April 2016. Page 1 of 3. 36 Comments

With having some new Corsair USB 3.0 Flash Voyager flash drives around, I decided to run some fresh Linux file-system benchmarks on them to see how various file-systems are performing on low-cost USB flash drives.

It's been a while since the last time I did any USB flash drive file-system benchmarking (or even having fun with building a RAID array out of four USB flash drives on Linux) so decided to run some tests on a new 16GB Corsair USB 3.0 Flash Voyager when running Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64 with the Linux 4.4 kernel. For this straightforward comparison I tested the out-of-the-box performance with EXT4, NTFS, Btrfs, and F2FS. The default mount options were used during the testing process.

This Corsair USB 3.0 Flash Voyager 1GB drive (CMFVY3A-16GB) is rated for maximum sequential reads of 200MB/s and maximum sequential writes of 25MB/s. It's a low-cost flash drive backed by a five year warranty and the 16GB USB 3.0 model will only set you back about $10 USD on

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