Computers started to become popular in the 1980’s and now they are everywhere. Whether you are at home, school, work, it is likely you will see and use computers. Computers are an extremely helpful form of technology, but they have limits such as the amount of data they can store. For reasons such as data storage, it is important to own at least one flash drive. Listed below are the top 7 reasons why you need a flash drive.
1. Data Storage
As already listed, a great reason to get a flash drive is to store information that is taking up unnecessary space on your computer. Depending on the model of your computer, it may have very limited space. Placing some of your files onto a flash drive will help free up space and may also help your computer to run more efficiently.
2. Backup Files
If you have adequate storage space on your computer, another reason you need a flash drive is to serve as a backup for important files. Many people copy photos, presentations, and other important documents to their flash drive just to have a backup copy of their important files. Each year nearly 1/3 of the world’s become infected by malicious apps that attempt to compromise a person’s computer. Sometimes these viruses cause a computer to become completely useless and personal files are not able to be recovered. Having a flash drive that serves as a backup would be a way to prevent the loss of files if your computer gets a virus.
3. Quick Data Transfer
Some files are too large to be sent via email. For these types of files, a storage device can be really helpful as it can simply be plugged into another person’s computer and they will have access to those files. Additionally, if you need an item to be printed at a store or even in a hotel, it is quite convenient to have a flash drive to quickly transfer over your files to another device.
Another reason to consider getting a flash drive is to use as a form of security from viruses and malicious software. You can pre-install applications on the flash drive that are designed to search your computer and clean it off any viruses that exist. Having a flash drive reserved to do this could be quite helpful if you become worried that your computer may be infected with a virus.
5. In Case of No Internet Access
Many files today are being stored into “cloud storage”. This type of storage has many benefits, but it has one major drawback. Nearly all cloud storage systems rely on the internet to pull up saved files. Cloud storage can offer a lot of storage space, but this space isn’t helpful if you can’t access the internet. If you have an important upcoming presentation or just will be in a place that has limited internet, you should have a flash drive.
6. Different Sizes
Flash drives also come in different sizes. Usually these sizes can vary anywhere from 1GB all the way to 128 GB. The most commonly purchased sizes are 16 GB and 32 GB. The higher number of gigabytes of storage that a flash drive contains, the higher the price. So, if you only need to save a few photos, a cheap 1 GB flash drive will work perfectly for you. Regardless, flash drives come in different storage amounts to fulfill your particular needs.
Flash drives can serve as great promotional supplies for business. Many colleges and business create a flash drive that has their logo, colors, or company name on the flash drive itself. When people go to use the flash drive, it will serve as a form of free advertising for your business. Since many people use computers in public spaces, a flash drive could be an excellent way to get your company name advertised.
Overall, flash drives are simple and are quite affordable. They can serve many different purposes but are all quite simple to use. Flash drives and are well worth the investment regardless of if you use your computer every day, or only occasionally.