USB Flash Drive

Stor­age, Speed, Stur­di­ness - What­ever Mat­ters 8 Brands Tested

Consumer Voice - - Front Page - A Con­sumer Voice Re­port

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.

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