USB Flash Drives Are a Must Have
USB Flash drives are very popular and have been for many years now but what has changed in regards to the speed and capacity? Well, quite a bit really.
When the first USB drives came about the technology used to upload and extract data from these devices were named simply USB 1.0, USB 2.0 and the latest USB 3.0.
USB 1.0 was released in 1996 and came in two versions: low-speed = 1.5mb per second and high-speed = 12mb per second.The fact you can store sizable information on something the size of a matchbox was incredible but the transfer rate was fairly slow until USB 2.0.
USB 2.0 was released in 2000 and was remarkable faster than USB 1.0, boasting 40 times faster with transfer speeds of up to 480mb per second.
SuperSpeed USB was introduced in 2010 commonly known as USB 3.0. This new technology increased the transfer rate up to 5 GB per second.
Benefits of using a USB flash drive
USB flash drives don’t rely on power to retain the information stored on them. Different types of memory, such as RAM in a computer, actually need the power to store data; once the power is no more the info is gone. The flash drive makes it the best choice for storing on a portable device without being attached to a power source.
While computer hard drives can store much more data than a USB flash drive, you can carry these flash drives with you easily as it’s very small and you can even buy key rings that have flash drives attached.
The most important factor when buying or using a USB flash drive is, will it be compatible across all computers? The majority of computers and laptops come shipped with USB (universal serial bus) version 2-3. Another great advantage with modern USB flash drives is that you can use them to upload or transfer files on both Windows and Mac OS machines.
Unlike CDs where they can scratch and portable hard drives once dropped can cause a lot of issues, USB flash drives are very durable and can last for years while they’re collecting dust, been dropped, exposed to water or high and low temperatures.
What size USB flash drive do I need?
Below is a rough guide to the amount of media/files that can be saved. Although file types such as jpegs have different resolution sizes, for example, 3mb up to 13mb this guide is on basis that each jpeg file size is 1mb.