Remember how USB flash drives became handy at the printing shop or while transferring vital documents? It is one of the most popular mobile and removable storage methods that are used for multiple purposes, be it storing documents, movies, music, photos, and the list is endless!
However, USB drivers don’t only mean pendrives of flash drives; it encompasses other devices and systems as well, including keyboards, mice, cameras, monitors, speakers, printers, MP3 players, external hard drives, and even smartphones. In other words, a USB driver refers to a file that enables a hardware device to connect and communicate with a computer’s operating system.
The best part about some modern USB drivers, especially pendrives or flash drives, is that they come with OTG support, meaning you can plug the device into your smartphone or tablet and access or transfer the files right away! In other words, flash drives have replaced the previous generation’s CDs and DVDs, making the storage, access, and transferring of files smoother and faster than before.
However, many of us are not entirely aware of the cool features and capabilities of USB flash drives. To help you get the most out of this multi-purpose device, here are some interesting facts about USB flash drives.
1. Origin of the USB Drivers
In spite of the word “Drive” in its name, the device actually has no moving parts. It is called “Drive” simply because it runs on the same system commands required for reading and writing data as used in a traditional disc drive.
Besides, USB flash drives come in different names and varieties, including pendrive, memory stick, jumpdrive or thumbdrive. The USB stick was invented collaboratively by Amir Ban, Oron Ogdan, and Dov Moran, who worked for M-Systems, an Israeli tech company.
The companies who first started selling USB flash drives are IBM and Trek Technology, who initially used to sell version 1.0, and later in 2000, version 1.1.
2. USB Flash Performance
Besides the capacity you desire, you also need to consider the performance of your USB, mostly in terms of read-write speeds at the time of purchase. Many brands come in different styles for the same capacity – some having sleek and aesthetic designs while others having a more personalised look. However, you need to consider how fast your device can transfer files between devices.
A pro tip: The higher the version number like 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1, the better the information transfer speed. So, the next time you purchase a USB flash drive, try to go for higher speeds rather than basing your decisions solely on the capacity offered.
And by the way, do you know that the maximum capacity of USB flash drives available today is 2TB? It was first released by Kingston, who named the device the DataTraveler Ultimate GT (acronym of Generation Terabyte).
3. Wi-Fi Connectivity
Are you tired of connecting your devices and drives through wires and feel irritated when you need to untangle the knots? It’s time that you get an efficient Wi-Fi-enabled USB driver to remove those wire entangles and time-consuming connections.
Getting a Wi-Fi USB drive will also solve your internet problems and technical errors that arise out of loose connections. Moreover, these devices are capable of picking up signals more efficiently from a wireless router and help to connect your computer, laptop or other devices (including the portable ones) to the internet faster, as long as the Wi-Fi signal is strong.
4. Extreme Durability
USB drives are known for their high durability rates since they contain no moving parts. Unlike most of the other devices, the average flash drive typically survives falls, temperature and pressure changes.
5. Portable Applications
The most interesting fact about USB drives is that you can load them with portable applications, allowing you anytime anywhere access to your favourite and most used software. This saves you from installing the applications every time you work on a new device or host computer.
Such portable applications might include Mozilla, Firefox, Java, Photoshop, and many others. You can even carry your favourite games which you can play at any time.
6. USB and eSATA Compatibility
Some flash drives have a combination of USB and eSATA capabilities, which means you can either use the USB slot or the eSATA slot. The devices that use eSATA slots are hard disk drives, optical disc drives, external storage arrays, network-attached storage, hard disk drive dock, and others.
You will get a variety of security options with USB drives that ensure that your data is stored safely. Besides, USB flash drives offer encryption options to give an added layer of security and privacy to your files. Even though the common flash drives won’t generally come with security options, if you install some security applications, you can get password-protected card security.
For gaining the maximum security, you can even go an extra mile and get a flash drive having 256 AES hardware encryption. It provides security beyond the mere password protection of your sensitive information, which, too, is prone to cybersecurity risks at times.
This kind of data protection lets you encrypt all your files present on the drive, which won’t be accessible or seen, even if someone tampers your password security.
The average lifespan of a flash drive can be anywhere between 10,000 to 100,000 uses, depending on the brand, type, capacity, and version. This means that each time you read or write any data from your flash drive, it will take up a “use”, reducing one “use” from the total uses supported.
Don’t worry, this is a long way to go, and it is quite probable that you won’t be taking up so many uses. In fact, if USB flash drives ever become non-functional, it is highly likely that it is due to manufacturing defects or driver corruption, and not because of too much usage.
9. PC Lock
One thing most users of flash drives often ignore is to take care of your USB device and protect it from unauthorised users. Yes, it is possible with flash drives too, as you can use them as a key to your computer, this means whenever you plug the drive into your computer system, you will be able to access it.
Similarly, if you remove the drive, your computer will be turned off automatically and won’t be logged back in until you replug it back. Isn’t that amazing!