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USB Flash Drives

Stash one in your purse, attach one to your key chain, or just put it in your pocket - these little gadgets fit almost anywhere.  Also known as pen drives ,key chain drives ,jump drives , and thumb drives ,USB flash drives  are one of the most convenient ways to store and transport data with you from one place to the next.  Whether you're using it to back up your files or to manually move your data to another place, nothing compares to the ease of use a USB flash drive.  The so-called "plug-and play" design means they are compatible anywhere there is a USB port, and their durable casing lasts longer and keeps data more safely stored than an outdated floppy, or easily-scratchable CD or DVD.

No other memory storage device is as useful, portable, and safe, and they are now more affordable than ever. Take along hundreds of MP3 files, movies, photos, and documents in the palm of your hand. Want to know more? Read an article on flash memory on Wikipedia.

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How to Choose a USB Flash Device

Storage Capacity

  • The amount of hard drive space ranges from 8 MB  to a whopping 6 GB . Price will vary accordingly.
    • To get an idea of what USB flash drives are capable of, a floppy disk holds 1.5 MB. 64 MB USB flash drives are already considered antiquated.

Features

  • Security
    • Some of the higher priced models come with a secure password protection option and even biometric fingerprint authentication to keep your data safe and for your viewing only.
  • Mobile Body
    • Some are able to twist and swivel up to 180 degrees, which can be useful in tight places. However, bodies that twist may not be as durable as a solid USB flash drive with no moving parts.
    • Some models come with a fixed cap that can't be removed. This can sometimes impede working in tight space, but you won't lose the cap.
  • Compatibility
    • Check for the ability to synch up with Microsoft Office, and other programs that you use often.
    • Also choose accordingly so that the drive is compatible with either PCs or Macs.
  • Drive Speed
    • Choose a drive that has either USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 compatibility depending on the type of USB hubs  and/or USB ports that you usually have access to.
    • The best bet if you are starting from scratch is to go with all Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hubs, drives, and devices. These are much faster than a USB 1.1.

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