Yep, there is now at least one USB *Solid State* Flash Drive – the SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive @ about $41-43 for 128GB. Dimensions are why I haven’t bought it – 0.45 x 0.84 x 2.79 in, i.e. 2.79 inches sticking out just waiting to be snapped off. Heck, I worry about accidently snapping one of the 2 inchers +- off and this thing is almost 3 inches!? Thusly, humble me is back to my original plan, i.e. stick with the Ubuntu on SSD’s (real ones!), but have at least one fully installed to USB for portability ‘n bouncing between computers during some tests.
I have recently installed Ubuntu 20.04 LTS onto a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive, a 16GB SanDisk Ultra Flair USB 3.0 Flash Drive and a 32GB Samsung FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive (Actually lists Linux as a supported OS)…no problems with any of the installs; however, I have been unable to replicate that previous “8 min and 30 sec” time the other day on that old SanDisk Flair that ‘died’ soon after. Also, I have stopped using “Something else” or the “Manual” partitioning install methods and just let it go automatically with the “Erase and install” default choice. Main thing I was looking for was a reliable USB brand/s to install Linux Distros to that didn’t require over an hour (then have an error message or might not reboot after the install!?!). I have done the new installs with & without internet … “normal” and “minimum” installs … download software and don’t download software … with and without 3rd party stuff. Speeds are never the same, but none of the tests ever went over 20 min and 40 sec with an average of probably around 17 min(?).
Final testing was on Clonezilla’s “save to image” and then “restore image” to another drive. I keep Clonezilla up-to-date, but used an alternate stable version this time: clonezilla-live-20200428-focal-amd64. Mainly wanted just the basic installed image saved for when/if I want to do more testing so as to avoid 15-20 mins of new installs. Will probably do a full backup at some point, of the most used SSD/USB in order to keep like 1-2 SSD’s and 2 UBS’s all the same. Clonezilla is a great tool, *AND* they keep improving it…lots of new stuff, and a whole lot faster than just a few months ago. Can be difficult to learn, but they offer step-by-step photos…took me forever because it was so slow, but it’s actually snappy now. Worth learning if you use Linux!!!
The 32GB Samsung FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive has a fully installed Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on it, because it is so stubby…perfect for ‘InWin’ in its new spot and since removing Ubuntu 18.04 off ‘Ace the Laptop’ I can also use it there when needed.
Have the new Ubuntu installed on a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive as my main testing USB. I use the three new 16GB SanDisk Ultra Flair USB 3.0 Flash Drive for testing ‘Live’ Distros…perfect for that.
Will add this post to the Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives page…
Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.