by wazo502 - 5/19/06 11:37 AM
In Reply to: flash drive by notagoodname
Flash drives are the ''floppy disk'' of current technology, if you will. Think of it as the removable media (you know, they come in 3 & 1/2 inch 1.44MB, colorful at times or 5.25 1.2MB black plastic thing?) -- since most computers (especially laptops and Macs) don't come with floppy drives anymore (and there's no need for one), flash drives are cheap, big in size, and convenient. (ZIP disk was hot for a while, but they're not cheap when comparing to the size, speed, and price of a flash drive)
What would you use it for? Oh... many things! Backup your important documents, move things from computer to computer, etc. If you want security on that flash drive, either zip your content with password protection or get flash drives with biometric security. It's handy to have even if you don't use it often. Besides, you treat flash drive as if it's another hard drive.
There are other medias of course, CD-R/RW DVD-R/RW, Zip disk (mine is under a lot of dust), Tape, firewire/USB hard drive, etc. The biggest disadvantage to them? Slow during backup or require hardware to read them; with the exception of Firewire/UBS HDD of course, they're usually bulky; if they're compact in size, they're usually expensive to their normal size counter part. Flash drives are smaller, lighter, and extremely portable. Unless the other person is using older OS (ie. Windows 95/98), XP, Win2K, and OSX should have no problem recognizing it. If it does, follow the methods given by this discussion's initial thread.
Hope that helps!
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