Choosing USB Flash Drives
USB Flash drives are your portable computer storage drives. Unlike an internal hard disk drive, USB flash drives are external storage devices that connect via USB ports. These memory flash drives house your documents, photos, videos, and even programs on the go. Use and access them through any computer away from your laptop or desktop computer at home.
What Are Good Features of USB Flash Drives?
USB flash drives come in many forms and features. Branded and unbranded or generic USB flash drives have similarities in capacity, functions, even designs. Some have metal USB casings, others plastic. Some are monobloc. Others are retractable USB inserts. Here are more features to consider:
- Storage USB flash drives still have 64 MB variants. More common now are 8 GB (and over) flash drives that connect via USB.
- Speed High-speed USB is common at 2.0 minimum. That gives your flash drive a 480 Mbps data transmission rate via USB. Some flash drives are 3.0 with a rate of 640 Mbps. Consider a flash drive with higher USB data transmission rate when you handle large files all the time.
- Flexibility There are USB memory drives you can use across multiple devices. You can connect these flash drives to your laptop via USB ports. Some flash drives can also have direct connection with a mobile device or tablet. Some use a connector.
What Are Types of Flash Drives?
Various types of flash drives are:
- Standard USB Flash Drives These are your classic monobloc flash drives that are accessible via USB ports. You can get storage from MB to GB capacity. These come from USB 2.0 and up.
- OTG Flash Drives OTG means "on the go." OTG drives have a built-in tech that allows instant access. With OTG specification, you can directly plug your flash drive into digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets.
- Retractable Flash Drives These slide out from a case or a cover. Consider getting one of these if you plan to use it for outdoor and work purposes.
- USB-C Flash Drives OTG flash drives are an example of these. These are not standard drives. These are USB Type-C storages which are suitable for Type-C devices. Go for one of these if you want to free your backpack from USB Type-C cables and connectors.
- Swivel Flash Drives These have some layer of partial covering. Simply rotate to swivel out and in and insert into a USB port.
Why Should You Have a Flash Drive?
Consider a flash drive when:
- You need more space on your smartphone for apps, photos, and videos.
- You want a quick way to extract and transfer your digital camera images.
- Your work needs you to transfer files between computers.
- You work across multiple devices and networks.