In case you’ve been stuck in a hole in a mountain for the last decade or so, you already know that a USB pen drive is a tiny storage device that you can attach to your computer to facilitate data transfer. The first time I saw a USB pen drive, I could not believe that a tiny, harmless looking thing could pack such a punch! It took me very little time to discover the full power of this small device.
The USB pen drive is not a luxury in these days of multitasking and flexible work environment. People are expected to hook up to a computer wherever they are and work at the data that blinks obligingly at them. So, it is the norm to leave portions of half-digested data on one computer only to finish the job in another computer. You couldn’t do that without transporting your data using a pen drive. So, the most pressing and widespread use of the USB pen drive is to transport sensitive data like personal documents, spreadsheet files, video, music and picture.
But this is just the most obvious use of this multipurpose device. You can use the USB pen drive as a great barrier against potential computer disaster. In case of an emergency, you can archive your files in the pen drive. The pen drive is also a useful means of transferring recovery and antivirus software to PCs that are infected with malicious viruses. If you?re in the networking field, USB pen drives are the best storage devices for information pertaining to configuration, troubleshooting and recovery. You may also use it to carry applications that need to run on the host even if the host does not have the application installed in it. The latest technology has produced media enabled USB pen drives with sound output so you can play Mp3s on them and a tiny LCD display that allows track browsing.
Features you need to look out for when you buy a USB pen drive
* Good looks: These days, the pen drive is something of a fashion accessory. So you do not want to be caught with something that looks staid and boring.
* Technological edge: If you intend to use your USB pen drive extensively, you need a device that supports a number of useful features. Some examples include U3 technology, the ready boost feature, additional memory (if you need it) and lock system.
* Compatibility: Choose a pen drive that is compatible with your system. Most pen drives are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
* Capacity: If you want to use your pen drive for storing video and audio, you would need a higher memory capacity. Choose a pen drive that has a capacity corresponding to your needs. Typically, pen drives can hold anywhere between 32 MB to 4 GB of data.
* Lock: If the data in your pen drive is sensitive, choose a model that supports password protection.
* Warranty: Before you buy, confirm the warranty and guarantee period of the device.
It is recommended that you buy your USB pen drive after extensive research. Compare features by reading reviews in technical forums and compare prices from different online stores.