Flash Drives

“When moving a small amount of files between computers, nothing beats a good flashdrives.”

 

A Flash Drive is a portable storage device equipped with a USB (Universal Serial Bus) plug. Also called a thumb drive, memory drive or USB key, it's used for temporary storage of digital data such as documents, photographs, music, and videos. Its USB plug means it can be used across multiple computer platforms (PCs, Macs, etc.) and even other digital devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), cameras, and printers.

 

Flash drives are usually small—a standard size would have the same dimensions as a chapstick tube and can easily fit in a purse or pocket. They come in several kinds of storage capacities, with bigger ones being rolled out each year. A 4GB one is more than enough for the average user, but now there are flash drives that can hold up to 32GB of storage—roughly 16,000 photos!



Tip and Tricks

 

Security – Storing some sensitive data in your flashdrive? Use brands that come with password key-ins or encryption to keep your files from prying eyes.

 

Portable Programs – These programs (called Virtual Application Platforms) are able to run from a flash drive, no installation needed on the computer. You can plug your flash drive, run the programs, and then unplug without fear of leaving any data on a computer. Very useful for Technicians, System Administrators, and other professionals on the go.



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