Choosing USB Flash Drives

A 4 to 32 GB USB flash drive offers a convenient solution to back up and transport data quickly and easily. There are many different types of flash drives to match the needs of the business professional, student, or general user. Points to consider when buying a flash drive include unit design, the file transfer speed and storage capacity.

A critical point to get right is the storage capacity. The preferred size of a flash drive is large based on the type of data saved. Most of the latest devices have a storage capacity based on gigabytes (GB). Storage options vary significantly. A standard drive is made to hold data in the region of 4 to 32 GB. Much larger capacities are also available, with some offering well over 100 GB. Because the larger storage devices can be expensive, it helps to buy the proper USB drive to avoid spending money on something that is not likely to be used.

Have the right size

4 or 8 GB — A 4 GB storage device is a practical option for saving the text-based documents. A high number of text documents can be easily saved on a low capacity storage device. Since a standard text document takes up less than 200 KB, it is able to save literally hundreds of documents on a single 4 GB drive. If planning on saving the text documents that include graphical elements, such as JPEG photos, than increasing the storage capacity to 8 GB might be more appropriate.

16 GB — High-quality photographs take a lot of storage space and need a high-capacity device. Documents with charts, tables, or similar organized data are also certain to need more space. A single music file is quite small, but a full album can soon use up the storage capacity. A 16 GB is perfect for storing MP3s, charts, photos, etc.

32 GB — Large capacity files like the audio and video clips are memory intensive. If storing to store and store complex graphics, art files, or videos, it can help to use a flash drive with at least 32 GB of storage space.

File transfer speeds

Another thing to consider with the flash drives is the file transfer speed. This relates to the speed the device is able to write data to the device. Drives can have separate reasons for retrieval and writing data. Transfer speeds are categorized by megabyte per seconds. A high rating is certain to provide the most reliable option.

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