Flash Drives

I remember when flash drives started becoming popular and better-known . . . about 8 years ago it seems. Computers then still had floppy disk drives, so when these neat little devices came along, I was very excited and impressed. Just imagine . . . a small storage device that plugs into your computer’s USB port for quick, dependable, and easy portable storage of your files.

USB Flash DriveBy the way, the name flash “drive” is a bit of a misnomer, since it really isn’t a “drive” at all, but rather a solid-state memory device. It operates on what is called “flash” memory, which is beyond my capacity to understand. The reason they are called flash “drives” is because once plugged in to a computer, they are recognized as another “drive.”

It is recommended that you “eject” this device before you physically remove it, but I will tell you that I have often simply removed it and nothing bad ever seems to happen. However, I suppose it’s a good habit to get in to. (On an Apple, simply select the flash drive on your desktop and click Apple control E, and on your PC you’ll find the device icon in your tool tray at the bottom right of your screen. Once you click it, you are offered the option of ejecting it.)

Like most technology, it keeps getting better and less expensive. Flash drives today are VERY affordable, so if you don’t have several of them, go to the store now or go online and get some.

Flash drive are also getting more and more storage capacity, so you can store a lot of stuff on them. This larger storage capacity allows you to do so much more with a flash drive, and I’ll be telling you about how you can take advantage of this storage and use it efficiently tomorrow. So stay tuned.

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