Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Underneath the Plastic - The Flash Drive (USB)

Underneath the Plastic: The Flash Drive

under the plastic
How many gigabytes can your flash drive store? 

Most people today use 1, 2 and 4GB flash drives.

1,2 and 4GB flash drives are popular because those sizes are all a realistic balance of price to the amount of space you will really need. For example, I have a 16GB flash drive, but since I bought it (4 months ago) I never exceeded even 4GB of the 16GB. [GB: Gigabyte]

64 GB for $70 

The average flash drive is about 2 times the size of the average human thumb and can hold 64 GB. That's an extremely high amount relative to the size of the device, so I wanted to see how compact, complex, and small the parts on the inside would be.

A MicroSD USB drive

SSD is what all flash drives use to store information (pictures, videos, files, programs, music). They use Solid State Drivers to minimize the size of the USB in addition to improved qualities when compared to the HDD (Hard Disk Drive).

A USB. This style of information storage is called a SSD (Solid State Drive). 

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