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What is a USB Flash Drive?

Aug 25, 2008
USB Flash drives are considered to be one of the most popular storage devices on the market. They were first introduced to the public by IBM in 1998. They received instant popularity when they were launched and they have replaced both floppy discs and CDs. You can take them anywhere, on your key ring, in your wallet, or in your pocket. One benefit is the fact that they are rewritable, meaning that they can keep all of the memory stored without a power supply.

The USB flash drive comes in various formats: a 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 128GB etc. The one that you choose depends on how much storage you need and how much you are willing to pay for the device. As of 2006, there were USB flash drives that could hold as much as 16GB of information and could be used with any computer as long as it supports the USB mass storage file system. Most computers have this format and it is very hard to not find one that has it. USB flash drives are also known as "chip sticks", "thumb drives", "pen drives", and "USB keys".

Flashbay is one company that is a leading provider in USB flash drives, as well as other forms of storage devices. They have all different flash drives available, in multiple colours and storage formats. You can also have the USB flash drives monogrammed with your name or a company logo for business purposes.

When USB flash drives were first introduced to the public, they were very simple in style and shape. Usually, if they were available in different colours, then it was only primary colours. Many of the devices were not even patented yet, and IBM was one of the sole companies that sold the products.
Now, you can purchase a USB drive in any colour, style, company, etc.

In order to better explain the process, USB stands for "Universal Standard Bus". This means that it is a port that can be used with any type of computer to access a number of accessories, programs, and files. A USB flash drive is compact and acts as a removable storage device that allows the user to store very large quantities of information without losing it when the device is removed.

Inside of the tiny device is a small printed circuit board that is enclosed in a sturdy plastic shell and sometimes a metal shell. For extreme hard wearing, metal is the way to go. The only part of the device that you can remove from the shell is the cap. It protects the USB protruded end of the device that connects to the computer.

You do not need another power source or a battery for the USB flash drive to function on the computer.
However, the only way to access any of the information on the port is to be connected to a computer. Students find that a USB flash drive is essential for all of their important documents. Most high school students and college students are always having to use a computer for their school work. Instead of using paper, they can simply store all of the information on the USB flash drive.

In recent years, floppy discs were thought to be easily damaged or could be erased if you held them in a particular way. CDs are also easily scratched. With the use of a USB flash drive you can save your desktop programs so that you can access them from another computer. The future for the flash drives is very large and they are only thought to improve from here on out.
About the Author
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For logo branded USB Flash Drives, he recommends Flashbay.com.
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