Uncategorized

You Should Know About The USB Flash Drive – A Portable Storage Revolution

USB Flash Drives are common devices today, but not so long ago the word “flash drive” had never been heard, until you were associating the word with a Ferrari. Where did the brand new USB Flash Drive derive? Well, set your brain back to 1995, it doesn’t seem so long ago. Contrary to popular belief, most computer users were still regularly using floppy disks to transfer their digital data. Actually, practically all computers had integrated floppy disk drives because floppy disks were the most popular, practical and cheapest format for portable storage.

Also at that time, Zip disks and Jaz disks (both manufactured by Iomega) came that you can buy, but they were quite expensive. Zip disks could hold 100MB / 250MB of data, there have been even 750MB disks in existence. Jaz disks offered 1GB capacity and later 2GB, but the high(ish) price for both formats meant many computer users couldn’t justify the expenses, nor did many computer users have the necessity to save and transfer large amounts of memory, unlike today. Zip disks and Jaz drives eventually died out within just a couple of years of production, these were also bulky and accordingly the Jaz disk broke without difficulty.

CD Roms had also entered the marketplace, but they weren’t as popular for recording as the technology remained in its first stages. It wasn’t before late 90’s that CD rewriting appeared on many, if not most, new computers. By the year 2000, rewritable CD’s had fast become as popular, or even more, than floppy disks. These convenient new writable CD’s were affordable, compact, held a substantial amount of data and took up little storage space.

By 2000, the demand for transferring large amounts of data increased dramatically, inside a year or so large portable storage disks were necessary to not only companies, but also for personal computer users aswell. This is primarily as a result of introduction of digital camera models, camcorders and downloaded audio files (very popular with internet surfers). Individuals were now storing, collecting and transferring digital information far more than ever before. Computers were also becoming exceptionally affordable because of lower technology costs plus the demand and desire for internet use. By early 2000, an enormous percentage of households, if not most, would have a computer.

As many of us have unfortunately experienced, computers have a life time. They can become painstakingly slow, annoyingly crash and even die very inconvenient deaths. Individuals were now having to back up their systems regularly (but still do) in the fear of losing all their stored data. Businesses were also beginning to go paperless, their information was now being held on personal computers. This saved companies time, resources and space for storage, it was however essential to back up their important data in order to avoid future problems.

Because of this, almost every computer was manufactured with the technology to learn and write to CDs and very immediately after DVD rewritable disks took over. Large data storage and transfer ability was now a necessity more than a luxury. The reason why as to why floppy disks soon became redundant are no surprise. The common floppy disk held a mere 1.44MB of memory which is tiny when you consider that nowadays an individual image taken on an electronic camera usually exceeds this amount. Rewritable DVDs were cheap and could hold 4.7GB of data, it could have a staggering 3263 floppy disks to achieve this. CDs could hold an average 650MB, this would equate to 444 floppy disks. These comparative figures still amaze me today.

usb flash drive manufacturer Around the year 2000, one of the latest things connected with computers (other than the internet) was the brand new USB “Universal Serial Bus”. Replacing the likes of most SCSI connection ports used for connecting printers and other peripherals etc. USB ports were cutting edge. You didn’t need to be an expert to put your computer together, you merely plugged the USB connector cable into the port and the other end of the cable into your device and off you went. No longer was it necessary to have a specific entry for your printer, mouse or keyboard as they could be operated from any available USB port.

You could even plug in your camera and instantly access your photos via USB connection. Many USB devices didn’t even need an electrical power source or battery, low power could actually be supplied to these devices simply by connecting the it to the port. Today people regularly charge their mobile phones and MP3 players via USB, whilst working away on the computers. Nowadays, you will find USB ports not merely on computers but also televisions, DVD players, audio players and also some car dashboards.

OK, so I’ve emphasized on what great USB “Universal Serial Bus” is and just why the demand for portable storage has dramatically increased, but let’s focus this topic. A USB Flash Drive, can be referred to as memory stick, thumb drive and jump drive. It is just a pocket sized device that is traditionally the size of a regular lighter and capable of carrying HUGE amounts of digital data (some can store a massive 256GB). In the early days (2002) USB Flash Drives weren’t cheap and also the tiniest memory sizes were quite expensive.

USB Flash Drives were however highly desirable because they could be plugged into any USB port with no need of a specific drive to read them. These were also robust, some can in fact withstand getting wet and continue to work as good as new once dried (please don’t try this even though I’ve and it did really work when dry). Not only were USB Flash Drives convenient and robust, these were convenient to carry and had decent read and write speeds, many flash memory providers even claim that USB Flash Drives can be utilized over 1 million times.

Currently the hottest memory size for a Flash Drive is 2GB, however NAND Flash Memory is becoming more and more affordable as years and even months have gone by. A 2GB flash drive is enough of storage for many users but trends are showing that 4GB and 8GB drives are fast more popular, this is related to lower pricing trends and the demand for more storage space as the digital revolution continues to grow. USB Flash Drives aren’t just popular formats for data storage, they are also one of the most popular promotional gifts in the promotional gift market.

Due low unit prices USB Drives make fantastic promotional items for many reasons. They can be effectively branded with company logos and information, Pantone color matched and uploaded with promotional material. They can also be stated in unique shapes for very little cost. The products are always well received, appreciated and retain a high end value. What better solution to expose your company logo on a regular basis? You may also attach them to your key ring!