Why USB Flash Drives Still More Reliable Than Cloud, Mobile, More
Custom USB flash drives have to share the spotlight with more data storage options than ever before. As a result, some of the older generations of data storage options may fall out of favor with consumers. After all, the roster of technology that’s fallen victim to obsoletion include floppy disks, minidiscs and magnetic tape to name just a few. As we go full throttle into a mobile and cloud revolution, are USB sticks prone to the same fate? Not so fast. These devices may have been created more than a decade ago, but we’re here to tell you why they still matter to the present day user as well as for the foreseeable future.
As a whole, Internet connections are simply not equipped to handle enormous transfers as quickly and efficiently as a USB stick. Cloud storage can also often require consumers to pay per month per gigabyte, whereas you pay a nominal amount for a flash drive just once. You are also at the mercy of unforeseen circumstances like outages or security breaches for servers that hold your data—you cannot underestimate the value of an offline backup like a USB drive. Additionally, it’s common for many businesses and organizations to lack a connection to servers from computers that still need to transfer data. In these instances, flash drives can move between systems and be a lifesaver.
USB flash drives are better storage than mobile devices because…
File sizes have eclipsed the speed of wireless connections. As a result, streaming data over your phone’s network can be extremely time-consuming. You also risk losing a lot of users who don’t have an Internet connection. USB flash drives also provide faster and easier access to print files from remote locations or kiosks than your smartphones.
USB flash drives are better storage than discs because…
Optical drives in systems and players are dwindling. Case in point, the MacBook Air. CD and DVDs are bulkier in transport than a pocket-sized USB stick. Additionally, durable flash drives can withstand extreme conditions, including temperature and impact. The shelf life of discs is easily affected by heat and exposure to various elements. While you can write and delete the data on any of your custom USB sticks thousands of times, only rewriteable discs will allow up to 1,000 recording sessions. Burning your data to these discs will take significantly more time than a USB drive. If you have a CD-R or DVD-R, you are limited to one burning session. Most importantly, users are also contending with far less storage space than a flash drive.
No matter where the future may take us, USB drives will remain that perfect medium that offers seamless integration to countless systems and devices in a pinch while continuing to provide the invaluable security of physical backup.
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