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It has never been easier, more affordable or more efficient for personal data storage than in the present day. For those of you who have used computers for a long time, you'll remember exactly how many of those you've gone through. Fortunately, those days are long gone. Nowadays, one of the most convenient and cost-effective manner of data storage over the past several years has been the use of the USB Flash Drive.
What is it?
A Flash Drive is a small electronic device that is capable of holding mass amounts of data. How it's used is by plugging it into a free USB slot. From that point, you can either transfer data to the device, or load data from the device. It is perfect for storing documents, pictures, music and anything else that you need to transfer.
What are the benefits?
Portability and capacity are the main features of any USB Flash Drive. They are lightweight, and depending on how much storage space you require, you can select from a drive that holds between 1GB and 64GB of storage space. They're perfect if you have a few documents that you wish to back up for peace of mind in the unfortunate circumstance of something happening to your computer, or data you want to move between computers.
What are the drawbacks?
USB Flash Drives can be expensive, depending on brand and storage space. Like any other type of storage device, you always risk the likelihood of data corruption, which could be caused by improper data transfer, or device failure (in other words, if it dies). In addition, because they are lightweight and small, they can easily be lost and/or damaged.
Recommended brands and devices
Typically it's a good idea to go with brands who specialize in working with memory devices. This guide will list the assets and setbacks of the following brands and devices. This general list should give you a better idea before purchasing a USB Flash Drive.
The order of this list does not imply that some devices are recommended more highly than others.