They are often used to store digital content or information as floppy disks and CDs were once used for. What is the difference between a jump drive and a flash drive? Get New Comparisons in your inbox:
USB flash drive
This article may contain excessive or inappropriate references to self-published sources. Advances in Non-volatile Memory and Storage Technology. The examples given are chosen to illustrate extremes USB flash drives have been integrated into other commonly carried items, such as watches, pens, and even the Swiss Army Knife ; others have been fitted with novelty cases such as toy cars or Lego bricks. Inside the plastic casing is a small printed circuit board, which has some power circuitry and a small number of surface-mounted integrated circuits ICs.
Archived from the original on 8 September Third generation USB flash drives were announced in late and became available in Like flash drives, hard disks also suffer from file fragmentationwhich can reduce access speed. The drive may be blank, or preloaded with graphics, documentation, web links, Flash animation or other multimediaand free or demonstration software.