The pros and cons of using memory sticks

There are various types of memory sticks available; some only offer 1GB of memory while others can offer up to 32GB. However, there are other types of devices that can be used for storing documents and files, including CDs and external hard drives. What are the pros and cons to using a memory stick?

The Benefits of Memory Sticks

First of all, USB sticks are small and portable. It is easy to put on in a handbag or pocket and use it when required. This is suitable to take to a library or for work. The sticks are compatible with the majority of technology without the need to add a disc to install software.

Memory sticks are reasonably priced because they are now so popular. You can buy a small 1GB stick for less than £5, depending on where you shop. A 4GB SanDisk CZ51 USB Flash Drive is available for just £6.99 from Argos and the 2GB SanDisk CZ50 Blade is available from PC World for just £4 when bought online.

The Downsides of Memory Sticks

However, there are some disadvantages and the first is that these small items are lost easily. Most of the time, they work their way to the bottom of a handbag; however, there are other times that they fall out of pockets without anyone realising. This is a problem when there is sensitive data or coursework on it.

The memory sticks are also easily breakable and will wear out after years of use. It is easy to catch the USB connecter and knock it slightly, or to pull the flash drive out at the wrong angle. This makes the sticks unusable and the data cannot be retrieved.

Of course, there are pros and cons to any type of device that you buy for storing files and documents, so you will need to think of them for everything before making a decision that something is for you or not.

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