USB flash drive, or so-called „sticks“ are small size devices for storing digital data. They are extremely useful for storage and transfer of various data, such as images, photos, music, documents and more. Flash drives are safe, easy and extremely convenient way to transfer data. They can be easily carried in your pocket or hung to keys. A easy accessible and comparatively inexpensive storage solution.
USB flash memory
Overall, USB flash memory generally has a capacity between 128 megabytes (MB) to 64 gigabytes (GB). They can be plugged into the USB port on your computer and work with both PC and a Mac (OS). With small differences in the „extension“, in which the flash drive is formatted. Most recognizable is FAT32.
USB sticks are usually small devices less than 3-4 centimeters in length, and quite thin. Most have a cap to protect the USB connector, but of course the market has many different designs. Some also have an LED light that blinks during data transfer.
In most cases, flash drives have a small capacity and are easily transmitted from person to person. But some of them may be extremely durable and well made, with large capacity. These sticks can be pricey sometimes, however they are extremely reliable. The USB flash drives are much more practical and easier way to transfer and store data than CDs and DVDs.
What to consider when buying a USB flash drive.
The choice may initially seem easy, before you buy a new flash drive and it will be if the buyer could be satisfied with 2-4GB. But if you were looking for product with slightly better parameters, a little research would matter. The technological development enables to elaborate devices with an increasing capacity, fast data exchange and even with the ability to “lock” it with password. Choosing a flash drive is determined by what the user will be stored in it, the size of the files where the device will be used, how it will be transported and so on.
The capacity of the USB flash drive is directly linked to its price. It is therefore important to know what type of data will be recorded on it, and how much space is needed for their preservation. If the device will be used as a „classifier“ to transfer files from the office to home and back, a device with a small capacity (8-16GB), without additional lock function, will do the job. Those users who need to transfer photos, movie files and music from one computer to another, they would like to take something with more consistency, to accommodate all those photos and videos that take up all the space on their digital camera and laptop. However the buyer must have in mind, that with a capacity greater than 32GB, the durability of the device begins to decline. But this is less likely with the newer sticks.
Since USB flash drives are rather small, they are not the most durable devices. To achieve their compact size, other qualities are sacrificed. Most USB flash drives are „wrapped“ in plastic of various types and strength. There are also some more expensive options, which are protected by metal, such as anodized aluminum or something even more durable. The USB connector must also be strong and durable to allow minor „disruptions” not disconnecting any internal connections.
If you use a flash drive on a daily basis and transfer various files, but rather larger, the speed of data transfer would be of greater importance. Cheaper options have a transfer rate of about 1MB per second. To be surer that the “USB stick“ will do well with all the files, look for one that supports USB 3.0 (note that 3.0 is compatible with 2.0). They may reach speeds of up to 20 MB per second.
Here are some well-known manufacturers of flash drives:
At the moment, the easiest, quickest and most effective way to buy a USB flash drive is online. The models and manufacturers available online are much more, than those in any offline store. On top of that the prices are lower, especially if you buy wholesale. Of course some online stores have extra delivery fee, but it is negligible if present.
When it comes to USB Flash Drives there are several choices. While most can be satisfied with small capacity (4GB – 8GB) and never experienced problems while others will find that, what they need is more capacity, with the ability to protect sensitive files. When buying a new USB flash drive, the user must first decide, what will he or she be using the device for. If you need it to transfer personal or business financial documents, business proposals, presentations, or personal photographs, a good idea will be: to use a device that has password protection. Consider also the transfer rate! 3.0 USB flash drives will perform much better than 2.0.