Store your Data Easily and Safely
Flash storage units are manufactured in a variety of different dimensions and sizes. Different dimension storage cards are suited to the many different gadgets and devices available.
Millions of Flash drives are made globally year on year, and many are not ideal for their use.
Spending a few minutes to ascertain your storage requirements prior to making an unwise purchase will let you to make an informed choice and end up with a superior storage unit for your immediate needs.
Data Card Types
There are several standard formats that are the most used by the vast majority of manufacturers. The most popular are standard, Micro and Mini SD Cards, USB Flash, and Compact Flash drives.
The two important details when choosing your portable data storage, are the capacity of the device and the data transfer speed. Data storage technology develops quickly resulting in continual growth of capacity and more rapid data transfer.
The larger and faster the memory card, the more costly it will be. With the recent growth in the use of mobiles for gaming and HD videos, mobile storage of huge amounts of data has become more important than ever before.
Today, in January 2014, flash memory sticks and cards are on sale up to 256 Gigabyte and storage is on course to pass 2TB by the end of the decade. Mobile memory storage is ever more reliable and stable, giving users much more security and confidence than was once the case.
Many cards are ‘hot swappable’ which means that they can be removed from computers and devices without needing to eject them. They are also designed to be compatible with both Microsoft and Apple, so copying data onto your PC or Mac is easy for later use.
Compact Flash data cards
More expensive top end cameras usually allow for at least two different memory card options to be used and will take Compact Flash memory (normally the preference for professional photographers) as well as SDxc cards also.
For photographers, often they only have one chance to capture a special moment, so they need to know that the photos they capture are going to be stored securely.
Compact Flash cards are some of the most dependable data storage cards as well as the most trusted. Most wedding and marriage photography specialists tend to use a few smaller volume cards during important shoots like these in preference to saving all of their pictures on just one card.
This provides added security because if the worst were to happen, if a data failure occurs, they just lose a single portion of their data, as opposed to all of it.
In spite of the reliability and consistence of modern storage, it is still sensible to protect your valuable data by backing it up this way as it can save you from possible disaster.
Due to their small size, flash cards & sticks are an incredibly handy way of moving large amounts of information for either ease of mobility or security.
These small cards and sticks can be carried in a pocket, purse or a wallet, or discreetly hidden to protect your most important intellectual property.
Flash memory has 2 basic types, USB based and a range of memory cards with differing dimensions which either require an appropriate card slot or a multi-card reader unit which connects to a computer via the USB socket.
The games, cameras or other devices you are looking to buy, or already own will often dictate which cards you will require.
If you are only planning to store documents from your PC or Mac then a USB flash drive should be your preferred choice.
With the sale price of memory cards and sticks dropping, this is the best time to invest in new large capacity flash drives to preserve your important information.