USB Flash Drive
Storage, Speed, Sturdiness - Whatever Matters 8 Brands Tested
Storage devices have become smaller, faster and more reliable with more and more information being stored on hard discs and USB flash drives, thus saving time by eliminating the need to write the data on a CD or DVD. USB flash drives are often used for the same purposes for which floppy discs or CDs were used – for storage, back-up and transfer of computer files. Not only are they smaller and faster, USB drives also have thousands of times more capacity, and are more durable and reliable because they have no moving parts. Also known as pen drive or thumb drive, these are easy to use as they connect directly into the USB port. Team CV checked out eight popular brands of USB drives in terms of the really important parameters like data storage capacity, transfer time and robustness.
The most common use of flash drives is to transport and store personal files, such as images documents, pictures and videos. Individuals also store medical information on flash drives for emergencies and disaster preparation. Other uses include: a) secure storage of data, application and software files, b) operating system installation media, c) application carriers, d) functioning as audio players, and e) media storage and marketing. The report that follows focuses on performance parameters like transfer time and data storage capacity, in addition to physical observations for convenience in handling and robustness.