USB flash drives are pretty ubiquitous these days. They come in all sorts of various shapes, sizes, and configurations. It seems like there is no end to the selection. Unfortunately a lot of people get overwhelmed with all that choice and it becomes easy for all the options to look effectively the same. Many people only look at capacity and price but you might be surprised how much more there can be to consider.
First of all, bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes it's safer and more convenient to have things stored on separate drives. You might want one you keep somewhere safe, while you have another for on the go. It might also make sense to have all your personal files on one, while work documents are kept on their own drive, so universes are never in danger of colliding.
While you can get pretty big flash drives now, you don’t always need all that capacity either. It might be more economical to go for the cheaper option of a smaller drive. Once you decide on a smaller drive you have a few more options with it's physical size too. You can get some drives that are so tiny it's a breeze to carry it around at all times without even noticing in your wallet or keychain. What you sacrifice on storage capacity you can make up for in convenience.
Verbatim's award-winning Clip-it USB drive offers first-of-its-kind functionality and practical data storage. Designed by Arman Emami, and awarded 2010 "Best of the Best" product design recognition by Red Dot Online, the Clip-it USB drive combines the speed and simplicity of flash storage, with the usability of a paperclip.
Some flash drives come with additional security options too, like password protection which can help to keep your data safe. You can even get drives which feature built in hardware based data encryption which are great for storing sensitive data, and keeping it safe in case the drive ends up in the wrong hands.
Complex password protection enforces device lockdown after a specified number of invalid attempts. DataTraveler 5000 is rugged and waterproof, with a titanium-coated, stainless-steel casing for added data protection.
It's also worth considering the reliability and durability of the drive. Some brands feature great warranty support so you can rest easy knowing that they’re less likely to fail, and if they do you’ll have manufacturer support to fall back on. Other drives are designed for rugged durability, and are able to take more of a pounding.
Adventure-proof design: Constructed from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum, waterproof to 200 meters with an EPDM water seal, and both shockproof and drop tested with a molded shock-dampening collar. The Flash Survivor USB 3.0 offers the high performance of USB 3.0 and full compatibility with USB 2.0.
Speed is an issue too with different drives varying drastically on their maximum data transfer rate. Most drives will be USB 2.0 but even then there can be a lot of variance in performance. Be sure to consider your needs and check your specs. If you’re just using it for storage it's not a huge issue, but if quick throughput is a priority you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on this factor. If that is the case, you might want to consider a USB 3.0 drive too, which will be even faster on USB 3.0 compatible computers, yet still work for you on any other USB computer you need to use it on.
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