Buying Data Storage
Flash Memory drives can be bought in in several different dimensions and sizes. Differing capacity memory cards and sticks are needed for the many different devices available. Massive quantities of Flash data storage devices are made throughout the world annually, and many were not intended for their current use.
Using a few seconds to properly assess your needs prior to making the wrong purchase will permit you to make an informed choice and consequently you’ll end up with a better data storage device that is fit for purpose.
Types of Memory Cards
There are more frequently used formats that are used by the vast majority of manufacturers. The most popular are SD in standard, Micro and Mini, USB Flash memory sticks, and Compact Flash card drives.
The two important factors when choosing your portable data storage, are the data storage capacity of the device and the transfer speed. Memory storage technology is fast moving leading to continual growth of memory capacity and an increase in data transfer speed.
The larger and faster the memory, the more expensive it tends to be. Following the recent growth in the use of tablets for gaming and HD videos, portable secure storage of huge quantities of data is now invaluable.
Today, in January 2014, memory sticks and cards are available up to 256 gb and capacity is anticipated to reach 2 TB by the start of the 20’s. Sticks and cards are becoming more and more stable, giving users much more confidence and security than was accepted a little while ago.
The majority of cards are hot swappable meaning that they can be removed from devices without needing to eject them first. They are also compatible with both Windows and Macs, so it’s easy to transfer your data onto your PC or Mac for later use.
CompactFlash storage cards
More expensive cameras usually allow for at least two different memory card options to be used and use Compact Flash memory cards (usually the first choice for professional photographers) & SDXC memory too. For photographers, often they only have a split second to preserve a moment, so they be certain that the images they take are safe and secure.
CompactFlash cards are one of the most consistently reliable data cards making them also the most trusted. Most wedding day photography specialists tend to use several lesser volume CompactFlash data cards during a wedding shoot rather than saving all the images on just one card. Doing this ensures added piece of mind because if the worst were to happen, if a data failure occurs, they just lose a single section of their saved work, instead of all of it.
In spite of the reliability and consistence of modern storage, it is still sensible to protect your valuable data by storing it this way as it can save a lot of tears later. Because of their compact size, sticks and cards are a very convenient method of storing massive amounts of content for either ease of mobility or safety.
Small storage devices like these can be easily stored in a purse, wallet or pocket, or discreetly concealed to secure your most important information and documents. Flash memory has 2 forms, USB driven and a range of different dimensioned memory card drives which each require either the right flash card slot or a multi card reader which plugs into a PC or Mac via a USB. The games, cameras or other devices you own or intend to purchase will often dictate which types of cards you will require.
If you are only planning to store data from your computer then a USB stick should be your best choice. With the expense of memory drives decreasing, this is the perfect moment to upgrade with faster, larger capacity cards and sticks to store your valuable data.