USB flash drives (also called junk drives, thumb drives, and memory sticks) are very cheap standard storage devices. You can even typically find them offered as a freebie for a promotion. Even though they’re low-priced and widespread, though, don’t ignore the power of these tiny storage devices. They can be very handy tools for consistently having important documents and program settings when you need them.
Benefits of using USB flash drives
Besides being very small and cheap, USB flash drives are easy to use. You just plug it into a computer’s USB port and you can quickly retrieve the documents stored on the drive. You can also operate portable programs from the drive without needing to install them on the host computer. Because program settings, like favorite bookmarks in IE, are also saved on the drive, it’s like carrying your own personal computing world with you wherever you go.
A USB flash drive can be used to:
- Keep current project files and emergency info close to you
- Have your program settings and browser with you for secure use on any computer with a USB port
- Repair and troubleshoot computer problems
- Make Windows run quicker
- Operate another operating system without altering your hard drive
USB flash drives can hold many gigabytes of data, enough to ensure you always have on your keychain or in your pocket your Outlook files, project files, much-needed photos, important documents or other pertinent information you might need in the case of an emergency. If you travel frequently or you sometimes work in a different office, USB flash drives are good tools for accessing your work files wherever you are. Not to mention they are so small, they don’t take up any unnecessary room at all.
Need to back up your data? Plug in a flash drive!