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Flash Drives - How They Work

Aug 25, 2008
Flash drives are considered to be one of the handiest gadgets for computer storage that has been invented since the floppy disk. They are much more durable than a floppy disk and a CD, with the capability of storing more information. They are also very small and can be connected to a key chain, stored in your pocket and some even come in the form of a pen. They easily hold about 2GB of data, which is equivalent to 1500 floppy disks.

The Basics of the Flash Drive

Flash drives are also helpful in creating back up files for a computer through the use of the USB port. This option is very useful if you are at another computer and you are working on a document. You will not have to worry about your information being lost or not saved correctly. Flash drives can also be helpful for normal tasks, such as copying files between your computers at home, or sharing files with another person.

In addition, flash drives can also hold a large amount of picture files and Mp3 files. If you have a 1GB flash drive, it can hold up to 16 hours of music and over 1000 digital photos. This may vary depending on the resolution of the photographs.

When looking for a flash drive, you will see different sizes and memory storage components. If it says 256MB, then it holds 256 megabytes of information and it is the smallest flash drive available. A 2GB stands for 2 gigabytes and this is the largest and usually more expensive.

The flash drive that you choose depends on how much you can spend on the device and how much storage you want. You will probably find that a smaller flash drive will go a long way and it is not necessary to spend such a large amount on storage that you will not use.

Flash drives are also referred to as USB flash drives. USB stands for "Universal Serial Bus". Most computers that have been sold in the past 5 years have a USB port. Some computers and laptops even have up to 4 USB ports. If you are not sure where to find the port, your user manual for the computer will list the location. They are usually located on the back of the computer or in the front behind a slide down cover.

After you have saved all of the information that you need to save on the flash drive, it is important that you correctly unplug the device. In the lower right corner of the screen, click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon. Select the "stop" button if you only have one device in the port. If not, you will need to double click on individual devices and then click "OK". Your computer should then give you a message that it is now safe to remove the hardware.

Where to Find a Flash Drive

There are many ways to get a flash drive for an affordable price. For example, look for sales papers from your closest office supply store. Most of these chain stores will have deals listed in the Sunday newspaper, or you can visit the store website for sale prices and dates. In some cases, stores will offer a rebate promise if you purchase the flash drive by a particular date. This deal is usually for flash drives that were once higher in price and had a bit of trouble selling due to this.
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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