As I mentioned in Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives – ‘All USB Flash Drives are not Created Equal’ and that not all USB brands know what ext4 formatting is. Their advertised size is usually not the same either; i.e. in this case, the 128GB SanDisk is smaller than the 128GB Samsung.

128 SanDisk Ultra Fit vs 128 Samsung FIT Plus

As the pic showed, just when you think one USB is very small, you find one even smaller. I never imagined back in 1996 that you would be able to buy a 128GB disk the size of thumb ‘n pinky nails!? Heck, I don’t believe you could even buy a 1GB HDD back then.

4-port switched USB hub

The Samsung FIT Plus is small, but when you plug 3 of them into a 4-port hub they actually crowd each other. Last week I saw the SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive on sale for $14.49 each @ Newegg so I purchased 2 of them – $28.98 total w/ free shipping ‘n no tax! Was stunned to see how much smaller it was compared to the Samsung, so decided to install CentOS onto both of the new SanDisks…CentOS was only installed on one Samsung FIT Plus, and I’ll keep it as a spare since only CentOS requires USBs bigger than 32GB (so far in my testing’s – also Samsung is sturdier). It also frees up a little space on my 4-port hubs, that I keep plugged into main Linux test computers – ‘InWin’ and ‘Apevia’. ‘InWin’ keeps Ubuntu LTS, CentOS ‘n Fedora plugged into the hub…’Apevia’ has the Ryzen™ APU ‘n just CentOS ‘n Fedora plugged into another hub, since they don’t have those ‘pesky’ Passwords! Ryzen™ is definitely overrated ‘n hyped…they’re mainly for Workstations.

Discovered the 128GB size differences after I had saved a Clonezilla image of CentOS on that Samsung USB, and then went to restore that image onto the SanDisk USB. Restore process stopped ‘n said the target disk (SanDisk) was too small, so ended up using a slightly older image from a 120GB SSD – which I had created just for such size problems. I’ll tweak the CentOS SanDisk installations ‘n then make a Clonezilla image of the 128GB SanDisk. Clonezilla works great for taking an image of a Distro after its installed, updated, apps added ‘n tweaking done…just in case you have problems later.

OK … that’s it ‘n I have time to get this posted. Oh, will also add this to the Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives page.