We store and transfer all kinds of files on our computers. Digital images, music, documents, PDFs and countless other forms of media are just some examples. However, sometimes our computer’s hard drive isn’t exactly the most ideal place to keep valuable information.
Whether we are concerned with privacy and security or if we want to make backup copies of files that are kept off of our main systems, portable storage devices like USB flash drives that use a type of electronic memory called flash memory are often the perfect solution.
Details About Flash Memory In USB Flash Drives
Electronic memory comes in a variety of forms to serve a variety of purposes. Flash memory is used for easy and fast information storage in computers, digital cameras and home video game consoles. When used, it is used more like a hard drive than as RAM. In fact, flash memory is known as a solid state storage device, which means there are no moving parts. Everything is electronic instead of mechanical.
Here are some examples of flash memory:
- Your computer’s BIOS chip
- CompactFlash (usually found in digital cameras)
- SmartMedia (usually found in digital cameras)
- Memory Stick (usually found in digital cameras)
- PCMCIA Type I and Type II memory cards (commonly used as solid-state disks in laptops)
- Memory cards for video game consoles
Flash memory is a type of EEPROM chip, which stands for Electronically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory.
Why it may be best at times to use flash memory
The following reasons illustrate why it may be best at times to use flash memory instead of a hard disk:
- Flash memory allows faster access
- Flash memory is noiseless because it has no moving parts
- Flash memory is smaller in size and extremely light
Those reasons naturally lead to the following question: Why don’t we just use flash memory for everything? The answer is because the cost per megabyte for a hard disk is drastically cheaper, and the capacity is substantially more.
Although standards are flourishing, there are a lot of flash-memory products that are made specifically for certain commodities, such as the memory cards in some video game systems. However, it is good to know that as electronic components become increasingly interchangeable and are able to communicate with each other thanks in part to technologies like Bluetooth, standardized removable memory will allow us to keep digital files that we feel are important in our lives close and available to us at all times.
MediaFast makes customized USB flash drives
USB flash drives can be used for many purposes, and we can make them custom shaped for your company. Simply send us a drawing, sketch, picture or rough draft and we can find a way to make it happen, even if it seems complicated.
Our USB flash drives are affordable and we only use brand new, Grade A components to ensure the best quality in all of our products. Also, customer satisfaction is our number one priority. If given the chance, we would love to make custom USB flash drives for your company.