USB Flash Drives Facts
This document contains general information regarding USB flash drives and their use.
USB Flash Drives are small, portable storage devices that can be used to store and transport moderate amounts of data. USB flash drives take advantage of flash memory, a type of "solid state" technology that is also found in devices such as digital cameras, mp3 players and even smart phones. The capacity of current USB flash drives vary in size all the way up to 1TB of storage. USB flash drives are also cross-platform and simple to use, supported by most current operating systems, and interfacing directly with your computer's USB port without the use of additional equipment.
Support for USB flash drives is built in natively to most popular operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. To use a USB flash drive, simply plug it into an available USB port on your computer. No additional cables or adapters are required. The drive will appear as a removable disk that you can access like any other folder. You can then drag and drop files onto and off of the drive. When you are finished, right click on the flash drive's icon and eject it, then remove the drive from your computer's USB port. Any files on the flash drive will reside there until you remove them.
Benefits: The primary benefits of a USB flash drive are capacity and size. USB flash drives are highly portable due to their small form factor. And the average flash drive can have a usage life of up to 10 years.