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USB Flash Drive

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When you need to store large quantities of data for future use and retrieval, your hard drive probably isn't the best option. If something were to go wrong with your computer, you would lose all of your information, and this is why a USB flash drive might be the best way to store your data.

What are USB Flash Drives?

A USB flash drive is a data storage device that connects via universal serial bus. The flash drive itself is both removable and rewritable, which means that you can use them over and over again and transfer them from one computer to another.

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The small size, absence of moving parts and convenient packaging make a USB flash drive preferable over other data backup alternatives, such as CDs and floppy discs.

Thumb Drive

The terms "thumb drive" and "flash drive" are often used interchangeably. In most cases, a thumb drive refers to a portable data storage device that can be "locked" and "unlocked," depending on whether or not the owner wants to write data. Other than that, a thumb drive is very similar to a flash drive and serves essentially the same purpose.

Advantages of the Flash Drive

The main advantages of a flash drive are compactness and portability. When you use a portable drive, you can access the same information regardless of whether or not you have to switch computers. Additionally, a flash drive can be inserted in a USB port on any compatible computer; the files contained on the drive can be accessed immediately without the need to restart the CPU.

A portable drive is also convenient for passing information from one person to another. The flash drive is often used in collaborative business efforts because the simple, small device can easily be traded back and forth.

Saving Data

A USB flash memory drive is capable of storing copious amounts of information, often in excess of 1 GB. This means that you increase the memory of your computer when you use a flash drive because you aren't taxing the resources of your computer.

1 GB USB Flash Drive

It was considered a monumental success when the first 1 GB USB flash drive first hit the market. Today, it is possible to find 4 GB USB flash drives, if you're willing to spend the money. Even so, the ability to store as much as 1 GB of data on a small, compact device represents an extraordinary technical accomplishment. It means you don't have to fumble with bulky external hard drives or floppy disks while enjoying the ultimate in data portability and convenience.

Written by Steve Thompson