Jump drive, flash drive or thumb drive – they are all similar names for the same kind of device. These are external drives that are used to save information that you want to keep. But, how many of them do you really need?
Your computer has a hard drive. And, that hard drive has a certain amount of memory on it.
A flash drive is another form of storage device which is extremely portable (usually about the size of a keychain). They usually connect to your computer via USB ports and can range from 256MB to several gigabytes in storage capacity. You can have huge external hard drives with terabytes of data storage space, but we will concentrate on the flash drives for now.
Flash drives have several advantages. One, they are easy to take with you. You can use them anywhere you have a computer with a USB port. Your data is always available you when you need it.
Second, they are durable. You can hang them on a lanyard; place them in your purse, on a keychain or even in your pocket. Because of their size and lack of moving parts, a little jumbling is tolerated well.
Third, they can store massive amounts of data for almost instantaneous retrieval. Keep your important documents, pictures, music, videos and movies on flash drives to be used anywhere. They replace carrying around tons of folders in your briefcase or backpack.
Realistically, you only need as many flash drives as you have different tasks to use them for. For example, personal and business needs could be kept separate. You may want one to keep in your briefcase at all times with the most important work documents on it, and another to attach to your key ring with family pictures and videos on it, ready to show off Junior’s Little League debut at a moment’s notice.
Flash drives are economical and easy to use. It is easy to check to see how much memory you have on a flash drive to know if it is time for another one to be purchased. You can also purchase flash drives with some security built-in (passwords, encryption and the like) to ensure that your confidential work design files don’t end up in the wrong hands when you forget it at the airport.