A flash drive holds as little as eight megabytes and typically as much as one terabyte, as of 2013. Flash drives are popular for personal and professional use, as these successfully store large amounts of computer data.
The first commercial flash drive was developed and manufactured by M-Systems in the year 2000. Despite the wide range of models and memory capacity, consumers commonly purchase flash drives between 16 gigabytes and 64 gigabytes of storage, according to a July, 2013 report on Tom’s Hardware. Flash drives have remained a popular computer item thanks to their convenient size and ease of use, giving instant storage access without the need for special software or device drivers.