Which brand of USB flash thumbdrive for Crystalbuntu is everyone using????


New member
Jan 8, 2013
Tried loading Crystalbuntu onto my ATV1 last night.


After creating the USB thumbdrive, I plugged it into my Apple TV and plugged the power cable in. It didn't boot into the thumbdrive, but instead booted into the normal apple OS.

For some reason It didnt seem to like my "new" Toshiba TransMemory 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Model PFU008U-1ACW) so I tried a very old Memorex 4GB thumbdrive I had lying around and that worked??

I already had purchased 2 of the new thumbdrives to do both my ATV1's, I guess I'll have to use them for other stuff.

My question is what USB flash thumbdrives are everyone using????????

I have my ATV's to do and a few I set up for friends. I don't want to go out and have to do trial and error just to find out what works and get stuck with with a bunch i really don't need.



New member
May 30, 2013
Antelope Valley California
I don't know what everybody is using but I can tell you what I have used. First of all, I always get name brands, and pay a bit more for them. I have never bought any generic or low cost memory, and hope that has avoided problems. My SD cards I have been using Sandisk and Transcend, both with good results.

On the USB. I have tried some 2.0 Transcend and they worked fine. I have upgraded to 3.0 USB. I use Sandisk, Kingston, and tried one called Patriot XT. all of these seem to work equally.

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