Flash Drives

Portable USB flash memory

Information is the key to business, and storing and transporting information is vital to the growth and success of any business, large or small. Flash drives offer businesses the easiest, most effective means available for transporting documents, presentations and other vital information.

Advantages of Flash Memory

Unlike CDs that can be scratched, cracked or broken, flash drives offer durable long-term storage solutions for crucial files and information. Flash memory also offers a significant advantage over CD technology, in that most flash drives offer several gigabytes of storages, whereas most blank CDs are capable of storing a few hundred megabytes. Larger flash drives are also perfect for backing up files stored on a computer's hard drive or enhancing a computer's existing storage capabilities.

Choosing a Flash Drive

There are three main kinds of additional drives available for computer equipment: pen drives, external hard drives and flash memory cards. Each drive type offers certain advantages, and choosing the correct one depends largely upon the needs of the user.

  • Pen drives. Smaller devices such as pen drives are extremely portable, and they are typically small and light enough to fit comfortably in your pocket. They take up little to no space in laptop bags or briefcases. This makes pen drives ideal for transporting PowerPoint presentations or sharing files with coworkers and clients. Pen drives connect directly into the USB port of a laptop, allowing for fast and easy access to files. The major disadvantage of pen drives is that they tend to have limited storage space, compared to other external drives.
  • External hard drives. Much larger than USB flash drives, external hard drives are not designed for portability and usually would not be carried around like pen drives. They are larger and bulkier and require a direct-wire connection from the drive to the host computer. They do, however, offer huge amounts of storage space, making them ideal for business usage as a way to back up or archive data-rich files. Documents and files stored on an external hard drive are also isolated from computers and networks, protecting them from viruses or corruption in the event of a computer crashing.
  • Flash memory cards. Unlike USB flash drives, flash memory cards are designed for electronics products like digital cameras, portable mp3 players, handheld computers, smart phones and video game consoles. They function as go-betweens, allowing you to quickly and easily transfer files from these electronics products onto your computer for storage and management.