What is a USB flash drive?


Robert Neagoe
by Robert Neagoe
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A USB flash drive is a data storage device equipped with a flash memory that comes with an integrated USB interface. USB flash drives are ultra-portable and they weigh less than 30 grams. They are rewritable, meaning that you can delete the files stored on then and then add new files and folders.

What is the size of a USB flash drive?

USB flash drives have different storage capacities. Usually, the smallest USB flash drives in terms of storage capacity offer under 1 GB of storage. The largest flash drive currently available on the market is Kingston Digital 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB flash drive offering a whooping 2TB of storage capacity.

FAQ

How long will a flash drive last? A USB flash drive can last up to 5 years under normal usage conditions. After 5 years, you will notice the memory capacity will gradually decrease. USB flash drive memory decrease over time because of the number of write cycles. In other words, the more you delete and write new information, the faster your USB flash drive will reduce its storage capacity.

Is it better to store photos on CD or flash drive? From a convenience point of view, it’s better to store photos on a flash drive since you can store a larger number of photos on a flash drive than on a CD.

Speaking of which, if you need a new USB flash drive, check out this buying guide.