Advantages and disadvantages of a USB memory key

There was once a time when the only form of storage device for students was the Floppy Disk. However that has now become obsolete and CDs, DVDs, external hard drives and USB memory keys have taken its place.

The USB memory key, which is also known as a memory stick, flash drive and removable memory, has become a popular option for many people for a variety of reasons. There are a number of advantages to having one but there are also a number of disadvantages.

Advantage: Stores a Lot

USB memory keys store a lot of data – usually up to 64GB. This is much more than any CD or DVD will store. However, if you really want to store a lot of videos and music, you need to consider an external hard drive, which has over 320GB of memory.

Advantage: Portable

Memory sticks are much easier to carry around than any other type of storage device. They are small enough to fit into pockets, purses and handbags. However, the size often causes a problem because they tend to get lost at the bottom of bags.

Advantage: They are Found Anywhere

All stores that have technology will sell some type of USB memory key and the prices are reasonable and affordable. There are a number of places that you can buy them from, including Argos, PC World and Amazon.co.uk. The prices currently range from less than £1 to £129.99 depending on the type, size and amount of memory that you want. Price quotes are as of September 2011.

Disadvantage: They are Breakable

When it was just floppy disks, most people had spares and made backups of everything. As technology has become more advance, fewer people back anything up. However, this is important, especially when using a USB memory key. The problem with these is that they are small and easily breakable either from knocking them while they are in the computer or pulling them out of the PCs at the wrong angle.

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