Flash drives remain an essential piece of hardware in 2019 but they need to be chosen with care. The day-to-day running of a business involves the use of a large amount of data and businesses need to take steps to store that date correctly.
There is no denying that cloud storage is a useful and innovative solution to storage needs, but the importance of USB flash drives still cannot be discounted. Compact and small, these flash drives can appear deceptively simple but are capable of storing massive amounts of data and can even backup operating systems. That is … of course … if you buy the right USB flash drives.
There are a vast amount of flash drives available on the market, and this can be a bit disorienting as it becomes more difficult identifying the best drive for your needs.
So let me help you … here are some tips to for you to select the best flash drive:
- What size and shape do you need?
USB flash drives are available in a variety of sizes and shapes and with storage capacity of 1GB to a gigantic 2TB (2,000 GBs), you will easily find the perfect option for your needs.
One thing to bear in mind is that the cost of the USB flash drive will vary, depending on the shape and size you opt for.
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- How sturdy are they?
Just like all other hardware, USB flash drives also have a limited lifetime, but they can give you several years of usage before they give out.
If your flash drive stops working earlier, there is a good chance you didn't go with a sturdy option. No amount of password protection can be of help if a little everyday wear and tear causes your USB to fail. Look for flash drives that are made from anodized aluminum outer casings or at least a hard material. If plastic is your choice, the caps should have a tether.
- How secure are they?
Several USB flash drives boast data security features, such as password protection or fingerprint scanner. The level of security you require will depend on what information you plan on storing on the flash drive, but it is best to choose a drive that offers password protection at a minimum. Individual files, as well as entire USBs, can be protected through password and encryption.
- What speed do you need?
For almost a decade, USB 2.0 was the most up to date option for your storage needs, but USB 3.0 has now been available for a few years now. (USB 4.0 is penciled in for release in the middle of this year so expect USB 2.0 to be obsolete soon).
USB 3.0 is different from its predecessor due to its transfer rates, but you have to have the hardware to take advantage of it. If your computer cannot handle the speed, it will be of little help.
Consider the above common tips for flash drives, and you will be able to buy one as per your needs.
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