Hewlett Packard V125W (16 GB) USB 2.0 Flash Drive (P-FD16GHP125-EF)

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My thoughts on moving large MP4 videos with the HP V125W 16Gb USB Drive

Mar 28, 2012
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Pros:large 16Gb capacity, USB 2.0 compliant, works with many computer systems

Cons:USB 2.0 transfer speeds may not satisfy everyone

The Bottom Line:

The HP V125W 16Gb USB Drive offers plenty of storage space for your files and can be placed on a keychain.


My old 4Gb USB flash drive was just too small to store Microsoft ISO DVD files and it was causing me quite a few hassles at work. I needed to extract the contents of the latest Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Service Package ISO and move the files to an off-site data center facility in Dallas, Texas. The only way to do this on a quickly was to pick up a few new Hewlett Packard HP V125W 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drives (P-FD16GHP125-EF). Since this HP product would be in continuous operation for the next several years, I felt the need to run some stress tests on it before it was placed into a mission critical environment.

Here are a few questions about the HP USB flash drive answered in this review:
How did HP help us keep track of their 16Gb USB drive?

Which operating systems support the HP V125W 16Gb Flash Drive?

How fast will the HP P-FD16GHP125 transfer files on various computer systems?

Read On To Find Out The Answers!

HP did a great job packaging this product. You will find that it is shipped inside a cardboard case with a small plastic shell which holds the flash drive itself. The 16Gb USB drive comes in an all black plastic case that measures approximately 2 1/4" long x 1/2 wide x 1/4" thick. A small clear plastic cap is provided by HP that covers the USB A metal connector. The only other notable feature on the HP V125w is a small plastic hole in the bottom portion of the casing. I used this to attach the portable USB flash drive to my keychain so it will always be easy to track while on the go.

Which operating systems support the HP V125W 16Gb Flash Drive?
Naturally, Microsoft Windows 7 works quite well with this product. Plug it into a USB port on your desktop computer or netbook and it will be recognized instantly. The ASUS Eee Pad TF101 Transformer Series easily recognized the 16Gb USB flash device but file transfers took a very long time complete. I believe this is due to limitation of the internal flash drive. You should also know that I tested this HP flash drive with the WD Live Streaming Media Player and found it works quite well at playing back digital movies.

How fast will the HP P-FD16GHP125 transfer files on various computer systems?
One of the most important questions we all ask about a portable USB flash drive is how fast it can transfer files. The following benchmark simulates the transfer of multiple files to and from the HP V125W 16Gb USB drive using a Sony VAIO netbook. I created a file folder with 133 MP3 files across 4 subfolders for a total of 714Mb and transferred it from the 16Gb USB Drive to the following various hard drive configurations.  The goal of this test is to see how fast you can copy your own MP3 collection to and from this device. Each transfer was repeated twice to ensure a quality result.

HP V125w 16Gb USB to Sony VAIO Y Series VPCVB33KX/B AMD E-450 Fusion 11.1” netbook:
#1) 46 seconds
#2) 47 seconds

Sony VAIO Y Series VPCVB33KX/B AMD E-450 Fusion 11.1” netbook to HP V125w 16Gb USB:
#1) 1 minute 21 seconds
#2) 1 minute 22 seconds

The same batch of 133 files have been used in several of my past reviews. Here is a list of transfer times seen on similar drive based digital products:
2 minutes 2 seconds to Kingston (SDC2/16GB-2ADP) 4x MicroSD Card
1 minute 50 seconds to Kingston 8Gb microSDHC memory card
17 seconds to Maxtor 6E040L0 DiamondMax Plus 8 40Gb IDE hard drive
12 seconds to Seagate Barracuda LP 2Tb SATA hard drive
1 second to Kingston 128Gb SNV425S2128GB SATA SSD

As you can tell from these benchmark results, the HP V125w 16Gb USB drive offers plenty of speed when compared to its SDHC memory card competition. The flash drive also does a fairly good job in read operations as well.

To really test this drive, I placed a series of 14.5Gb worth of MKV (h.264) and MP4 videos on the 16Gb USB drive. The transfers took about 25 minutes to complete. Once completed, I was able to use my WD TV Live Streaming Media Player to read movies from the HP V125w drive and play them back on my television.

Conclusion
While my primary concern with the HP V125w was ensuring I had plenty of capacity to store all my files, the marginally improved file transfer speeds also gave me a positive opinion of the product. The small size of this drive also made it a practical choice for use in offsite server farms because the drive could be installed without interfering with the cages. At home, this 16Gb flash drive is a wonderful accessory to have for use with your streaming movie players. If you search online hard enough, you can find this for less than $30 which is a very good deal in my opinion. I would recommend this HP USB flash drive to anyone seeking basic storage needs. However, there are faster but more expensive models out there that maybe more practical for those seeking better transfer times.

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