Advantages 2gb capacity, Data Encryption, Fast
Disadvantages Physically large for a USB Memory stick
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We (or probably just a sad few of us) used to use the tem sneakernet to apply to the technique of passing data around a network by saving to a floppy, running over to another machine and putting the floppy into the a: drive. Those days were pretty much behind us but thanks to USB memory sticks they seam to be making a bit of a come back. I again find myself putting some data onto a removable device and moving it from one machine to another. Nowadays of course I'm not taking about1MB that I could put on a floppy disk but instead 1GB or even more.
Not only is the capacity of these vastly superior to floppy disks the speed of reading and writing files to them is improved many fold. When you study a computers performance you are required to learn that RAM (the internal memory your computer uses all the time) is many times faster than a hard disk which in turn is many times faster than a floppy disk. Nand chips are not as fast as RAM however whey are a lot faster than a hard disk. Memory sticks connect to a computer by plugging into one of the USB ports on the computer. There are 2 generations of USB typically found today 1.1 and 2.0. There is a huge difference is speed between the two versions (a fast internet link is faster than a USB 1.1 interface). A memory stick connected into a USB 2.0 interface will work at a great speed whereas an older 1.1 speed will be very slow. Almost all USB2 devices work in a 1.1 interface. They just switch down to slow speed.My Purchase
What do you get?
You get a silver plastic device, with a removable lid and a little LED. Take the lid off and there's the USB interface, plug this into your computer and wait a few seconds. The balloons in Windows start to popup as it finds another disk and soon the USB device is ready to use. Now if you look in My Computer, or Windows Explorer you'll see another drive letter. You can use this device as-is or you can install the supplied software to get some extra functions. The supplied software is on the device itself - pretty handy.
I do know that some companies use these types of devices for secure backups of data such as payroll that they don't want to store on the network. If the data you are saving to the device has any kind of personal information then you really should be securing it like this (as a minimum), these things are small and could be lost - anyone finding would be able to get your data straight back out from the unsecured area.What can you do with it?
My golden rule is always to try and remember to stop the device in Windows before you remove it When the device is connected you will find an extra icon in the system tray, click on this once you can then select to stop the removable device.The downside
There are a lot of different memory stick devices on the market and the minutes. I tend to think of Kingston as one of the better makes and this certainly is a high capacity. Kingston compares pretty well on price and the speed and encryption software count in its favour. As this device is reliable, fast, good value, has encryption, I'd give it a recommendation but it's physically way bigger than my other memory sticks.
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