If you've ever tried to store confidential data somewhere, you must have wondered if there was a way for you to carry it with you securely, without any worries of getting it destroyed or copied. In the past. even tiny amounts of data would take up plenty of space, but nowadays, you can save almost any amount of information securely in a portable storage device for you to take with you to wherever you need it.
Let's understand what all types of portable storage device you can use –
- Flash Storage – These come in the form of small cards and are primarily found being used with computers, digital cameras, and MP3 players. The best thing about flash storage is that they can carry a great deal of data but don't use too much power. Some examples of flash storage methods are memory sticks and SD cards, which are used by inserting them into the designated slots on a computer, camera, or any other device.
- USB Storage – USB storage is also known as USB drives or discs. They differ from the flash storage in the way in which they're used. They are inserted into the USB slot, and then the files can be accessed via a computer. They have a USB connector built inside them, which is recognisable by the USB slots in many devices. Nowadays, due to an increased security issue, most USB either come with a password protected the system built-in, or one that can be activated by the end user. Anyone who wants to access files on this USB will need to enter the correct password.
- External Hard drives – An external, portable, easily connectable version of the same hard drive which we have come to know to be a vital part of a computer. The internal drive of your laptop when removed and plugged with a USB cable becomes an external hard drive. This is far better than flash storage devices because with an external hard drive you can directly play games or use software applications stored on them, albeit not as efficiently as an internal drive.
- External CD-ROM – The storage capacity of a CD-ROM or DVD ROM is a lot lower than most other devices. However, they can be used very efficiently for the cheap transfer of files from system to system.
The majority of portable storage devices are affordable and very practical. While their price does go up with increased storage capacity, even a student can afford these simple portable devices for their desired use, be it for school or personal work. Lastly, their simple format and ease of access make them overall very simple to use.