I absolutely love Corsair and Sandisk for flash memory. Right now my main work tool is a year-old 16 gig sandisk with Hirens, Falcon4, ubcd, knoppix, mint, crunchbang, tails, deft, kali, tinycore, a host of bootable anti-virus like F-secure and AVG rescue, my portable firefox with a ton of feeds and add-ons, and also software and anti-virus for when I'm actually in windows. And yes, there's still like 150 mb free I plan to upgrade to the USB 3.0 Sandisk Extreme with 170 MBps write speed and 190 MBps read, which will dramatically decrease loading linux and firefox, as my current drive is a fraction of that speed.
This drive is used all day as I'm a bench technician and it's for work, often for many hours at a time and it does heat up which decreases the life expectancy of almost anything electronic, but so far its read/write speeds are the same as when I purchased it over a year ago, so far as I can tell.
There is a good blog post HERE about flash expectancy, including how some companies state as low as 10,000 writes, versus 1,000,000 with others.
Also, I used Your Universal Multiboot Installer or YUMI to get like 20 distros and dos tools on my drive VERY easily, it's for Windows and Linux.
Edited by weak_solder, 07 November 2013 - 09:38 AM.