Shopping for USB Flash Drives
Besides storing your data, you can use USB flash drives to install operating systems, speed up your computer, and run stand-alone applications. To get the most out of your flash drive, you need to understand the various types and features available. Keep in mind that the capacity you choose, such as a standard 32GB USB flash drive or a larger 256GB drive, makes a difference in how you plan to use it.
USB Flash Drive Features
If you transfer huge files or have time-sensitive tasks, consider using USB 3.0 flash drives in the compatible ports of your devices to enjoy fast data transfer speeds. If you're planning to use your flash drives outdoors, look for USB drives with aluminum or heavy-duty plastic outer casings and with waterproof features for durability. For extra protection of files, some models come with additional security features such as password protection.
USB Flash Drive Uses
The main draw of USB flash drives is their portability. Unlike internal hard drives, flash drives allow you to take your documents, files, photos, and movies with you no matter where you go, and you have instant access once you plug into a compatible device, like a desktop, work laptop, or printer. If your computer system gets a virus, you can use a USB flash drive with an already-installed app to scan and try to eliminate the virus. You can also use your flash drive to lock and unlock your computer, by installing programs such as TokenLock or Predator. To speed up your computer's read and write times, you can even use your USB drive as a disk cache.
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