"Flash Drive - Your Portable and Rewritable Storage Device"
USB flash drives also known as thumb drive, pen drive or handy drive. It is a small storage device that use electronic memory blocks (in integrated circuits) to hold up to several megabytes of data.
The function of USB thumb drive is the same as the hard drive, you can read, write and delete data to/from it. The capacity is smaller and it's more convenient for bring the drive from one place to another.
Flash drives can be handy for carrying copies of important documents and other files wherever you go. The actual storage media are thumbnail-sized integrated circuits, which come inside a huge variety of packages, size and colors, including pens, pocket-sized cases and thousands of novelty shapes.
To connect a USB pen drive to your computer, simply plug the USB connector on the drive into a USB port, or use a USB cable to connect the drive to the computer.
Depending on the operating system installed on your computer, the USB handy drive will start working as soon as you connect them to the computer, but others don't work unless you have already installed the device driver or other software supplied with the device.
With Windows 98 and earlier Windows, you need to install the driver before the pen drive can work. Newer version of Windows (including Me, 2000, XP and Vista) doesn't required you to install flash drive driver.
Because of this, USB drives can be a convenient way to increase the computer's total storage capacity. It's also very convenience for you to transfer data from one computer to another.
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