FREE Flash Drive
I’m NOT giving away FREE Flash Drives!
And I certainly didn’t mean for this to be a click-bait. It’s not.
I’ve been given a free Flash Drive before. Boy was I happy. If I remember correctly, it came with the purchase of a laptop I bought a good number of years back.
Now happy-ness (on purpose) didn’t quite last long when I needed to transfer pictures I took from my Digital Camera onto the Flash Drive…
It… was… slow! (wanted to use the adjective grandmother but… not all grandmothers are slow ey? hehehe)
The transfer speed/rate (you’d call it) was slow… very slow… Took some time for the whole process to complete.
Don’t jump into conclusion yet… I’m not saying all free Flash Drives behave this way…
This kinda incident happened across a few other events. Either it was a Flash Drive that was passed to me to get something copied, or it was a Flash Drive that was given to me.
I found out that, not all Flash Drives behave the same (like duh?). But can’t blame me cause most of the time we can just zoom into the storage size of the Flash Drive, e.g. how many GBs, rather than the technology behind it… whether it was a USB 1.0, USB 2.0 or a USB 3.0?
What I’m trying to say here is, FREE or not, there are a few things that you should consider, when you decide to take ownership (should it be free or passed down to you from your parents, siblings, or even friends), or purchase a new Flash Drive.
3 pointers, and I choose S…
The need for speed is real. It is even more crucial when you’re transferring huge chunk of files that may be in GBs rather than MBs e.g. pictures from your Digital Camera.
As for Flash Drives… there are a few categories when it comes to transfer speeds… and they all carry the prefix USB…
USB 1.0 (1996)
USB 2.0 (2000/1)
USB 2.1 (2000/1)
USB 3.0 (2011)
USB 3.1 (2014/7)
The logic is simple… the higher the number… the faster the transfer speed is. Note that USB 3.0 (and even 3.1) carries a blue head. Most of the FREE Flash Drives I’ve came across were USB 1.0s… As for me… Do not settle for any USB 1.0 unless you’re using it for documents, then transfer speed wouldn’t really matter much to you.
You will also want to note that the port on the computer/laptop where you’re attaching your Flash Drive to should also be of the same or higher in transfer speed, or else it will be under-utilizing the capability of your Flash Drive.
Who supplies the Flash Drive. Was it Fish & Co. or Kingston. The brand of the Flash Drive promotes confidence. Some brands even offer confidentiality where by you are given option of password-locking your Flash Drive.
There was a time when 8GBs were popular back then and they were around RM50+ each. A friend came announcing that he was able to secure 128GB generic ones at RM50. Sure enough he bought one for himself, a 128GB Flash Drive, a capacity which was still very foreign in terms of technology and market.
The Flash Drive my friend bought stopped functioning a month later.
Flash Drives are available in an array of sizes today. I hope you won’t be over-ambitious and invest on a 64GB Flash Drive… cause it can be a wee-bit on the pricier side. 16GB or even the 32GB is a very nice size to work with, and they are not too expensive as well.
My take is this… When you are working with important files, like your assignments, projects, do not compromise on spending a little extra for that assurance. At least should the Flash Drive fails to function, you will know who to go after.
My personal preference would be Kingston. I’ve been using Kingston Flash Drives for a very long time and they have never been faulty.