USB flash drives are small and can store large amounts of data. Nowadays, they are no longer used only for archiving image and / or music files, but also for storing video material and larger files over 50GB in size. USB flash sticks have become indispensable in today’s world and you will hardly find any kid who does not carry it in his pocket or on a keychain. It is simply unthinkable to live without this little add-on that makes your life easier and on which you can store huge amounts of data.
What was before the flash?
Before USB flash memory, it was difficult to transfer a large amount of data to another location. CD media had appeared and come to life in the late 90’s, and before them the largest data carriers were floppy disks with their 1.44MB. Due to limited and relatively small capacity, larger amounts of data were split into multiple pieces and stored on several diskettes. Floppy disks were the most affordable and widespread at the time, although they were not the most ideal choice. Just remember how many times your floppy disk was faulty just at the moment when you needed to download an extremely important file from it. The bigger and stronger brother of floppy disks were ZIP disks with their much larger 100MB, but due to their high price and poor support they were not extremely popular. ZIP disks required expensive hardware readers, which is why they didn’t come to life.
Overview of USB standards
USB 1.0 (universal serial bus) was first introduced in 1995 by Intel, Compaq, Microsoft and IBM. The desire and goal is to standardize a large number of special PC ports at that time and to develop a simple protocol for connecting computer devices. The first USB device was manufactured in 1996 and by 1998 this standard was generally accepted.
The first commercially available USB flash drive was called “ThumbDrive” produced by Trek Technology in 2000. Somewhat later, IBM came up with its DiskOnKey model.
In the next two years, USB flash drives became a real hit and there was almost no hardware company that did not produce them and had them in its offer.
In 2000, the USB 2.0 standard was developed, which enables much faster data transfer. Although it was introduced in 2000, it only became available and widespread in 2003. Compared to USB 1.0, USB 2.0 offers about 30x higher data transfer (USB 1.0 allowed transfer of about 1MB/s, while USB 2.0 => 30MB/s).
USB flash memory capacity
Precisely thanks to faster data transfers, the capacity of USB drives has grown more and more. Thus, in 2004, the first 1GB USB flash drive saw the light of day. The year 2010 recorded disks with a “normal” capacity of 256GB, which provide up to a million write / erase, and ensure the stability of data on them for up to 10 years.
Today, it is not something special to have a USB flash drive, but it is almost a necessity. On the other hand, it is more unusual not to have it than it is common to have it. Therefore, the only thing that requires attention and competition in the one who has it can only be the capacity of the same, so the higher the capacity, the more the owner of the same is more proud. Of course if it is a pleasure for him.
USB flash drives have simply become an indispensable accessory, sometimes fashionable, for anyone who uses computers.
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USB sticks – they are also useful in healthcare!
Gone are the days when health centers or other health care facilities issued bulky images printed on foil. Now all X-rays are in electronic form. If you’re giving your patients X-rays, ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging on CDs or DVDs, it’s time for a change. USB sticks are now media that practically replace the listed data carriers.
To highlight the main advantages:
Faster, simpler and cheaper storage
Possibility to add or remove new materials
CD and DVD drives are slowly disappearing from the computer, and the number of USB ports is growing.
At the same time, the USB memory can be used for advertising purposes, adding personalization. A special example of a presentation of this type is the USB Card. It can serve as a business card and a USB stick at the same time. It is thin and convenient and can be easily stored in a wallet. The classic model is the size of a standard business card, and is available in mini versions and in a round version.