If you have ever needed to store or transport information, files, documents, music, or pictures you probably know what a USB flash drive is. If you are unfamiliar of what they are, USB flash drives are removable and rewritable storage devices. They are used in a similar fashion to floppy disks or CD-ROMs, but are smaller, faster, more portable, durable, reliable, and have more capacity. Although USB flash drives have all these benefits, they can be confusing to purchase. There are many different kinds and brands to choose from. They all have different storage capacities, designs, and prices to suit each individual use.
A USB flash drive starts out at the small end of storage capacity with 64 MB all the way to 16 GB. Confused yet? Let me try to explain. A megabyte (MB) is a multiple unit byte for digital information storage or transmission. A 64 MB USB flash drive can hold approximately 30 photos, 15 songs, 56 documents, and 7 minutes of video. After 64 MB it goes up to 128 MB, 256 MB, and 512 MB. A gigabyte (GB) on the other hand has much bigger capacity than a MB. A GB is actually equivalent to 1,024 MB. 1 GB holds approximately 614 photos, 230 songs, 900 documents, and 2 hours of video. After 1 GB it goes up to 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB.
The size capacity of a USB flash drive depends on how much you need to store. If you need to store a lot of data, a USB with 1 or more gigabytes would be more suitable. USB flash drives give you a variety of options to choose from that fit with individual needs. USB flash drives also have the ability to be customized, whether for business or personal purposes. They can be customized with logos or can be made into custom shapes. Packaging is also available for USB flash drives. It is amazing what these little storage devices can do.