USB flash drives are incredibly common these days and it is rather intriguing to know that not so long ago, people never heard such a term. Previously, people would rely on floppy disks and rewritable CD/DVD for their portable data storage. There are many external hard drives with compact design and USB connection today, but flash drives are definitely interesting with the very simple implementations. Rewritable CD/DVD can be used as portable data storage, but they are not as convenient as flash drive, requiring users to use specific software to properly erase and write files. However, it is still a fast improvement than floppy improves and much more affordable than Zip disks. Software and multimedia content also become larger and this requires us to obtain convenient alternatives.
USB technology is incredibly common these days and it is considered as a very cheap technology. However, USB or Universal Serial Bus was quite revolutionary when it was first released. USB ports were groundbreaking, because they are different compared to large pin-based connections for printers, monitors and others. Any devices in the market can utilize the USB connection as the accepted industry standard and it could even be used to charge portable devices, such as smartphones and tables. We can plug USB cameras and other devices to our computer to quickly establish connections and start transferring data. USB flash drive is known by many names, it can be called jump drive, thumb drive or simply, memory topic. It is a thumb-sized device that can carry relatively large amount of data. Early models only have 1GB capacity, but it is quite common to see 16GB and 32GB models in the market today.
USB flash drives are convenient because they don’t require device drivers to operate. Major operating systems already come with integrated software modules that quickly recognize and operate any industry-standard USB flash drive. This digital storage media is also quite robust and it could withstand some amount of shock, drop, moisture and dust. With their compact dimension, USB flash drive is easy to carry and if paired with USB 3.0 standard, it has reasonable read and write speeds. Some reputable USB manufacturers claim that their products could be used more than one million times. NAND flash chips are becoming more affordable and 64GB flash drives should soon become more popular. USB flash drives are not only known for their functional purposes, they could also be used as promotional gifts. USB flash drives come with many designs, depending on our unique preferences.
Due to their affordable values, USB flash drives can be used as marketing materials. The outer casing can be branded with special company name, logo and other brief information. For very little costs, it is also possible to produce unque shapes and these products should be well received due to their versatility and functionality. What better way to consistently expose our company logo than using USB flash drive and we can even attach it to our key ring.