A USB flash drive is a compact, portable device that plugs into any standard USB port. USB is short for universal serial bus, and this device is used to store and transfer data. A USB flash drive allows users to easily transfer information between multiple devices and computers.
To use a flash drive, insert the flash drive into the computer, and drag the files that you want to save to the applicable file path. Flash drives have different memory capacities, meaning there are restrictions on the volume of data that you can store on them.
On either a Windows-based PC or a Mac, enter the disk management utilities, locate the flash drive and select the proper options to format the drive. Remember that formatting any drive erases any data that was already on that drive.
The first company to sell a USB flash drive was Trek 2000 International. The device was marketed as a "thumb drive," was first available in Singapore, and was able to store 8 MB. The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) was the first company to provide the easily transportable drive in
The SanDisk Extreme 3.0, the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 and the ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 are three cheap USB flash drive options. As of January 2016, all three are available on Amazon.com and cost $36, $24 and $23, respectively.
The Sandisk Cruzer, the Sandisk Ultra Fit and the Sandisk Extreme 3.0 are all reviewed highly as of 2015. The Wirecutter rates the Sandisk Extreme the best USB thumb drive.
To copy files by using a USB flash drive, select the files you wish to copy, and drag them to the USB drive icon in the Computer window. Alternatively, select the files, press C while holding down Control, and paste them in the USB drive window.
Depending on the exact number of drives you need, you can purchase them either from a retailer for a slight discount or from a wholesaler at a larger discount. A retailer is the best bet for a single person or a very small group, but a larger organization with a greater need for the products can mak
There is no difference between a USB pen drive and a USB flash drive; the names are used interchangeably. They're the same product: a tiny data storage device for computer users to insert into an open Universal Serial Bus port.
The main drawback of USB flash drives is their limited write and erase cycles. One can only be written and erased about 100,000 times. While this may not greatly affect the average user, it should be a major consideration for users who intend to use the thumb drive to run an operating system or appl