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USB flash drives

Written by Gail Bjork

You can’t help but love these very portable, mini-sized hard drives.

USB flash driveI love my flash drives. I keep one on my key chain and another plugged in the USB port of my PC to backup important files as I work on them.

When traveling, and know I’ll have access to a computer, I back up my best digital images on the drives. These little wonders also store videos, music and document files.

Flash drives are small, pocket-sized versions of a computer hard drive. They are manufactured by a number of companies with names such as Cruzer, JumpDrive, Traveler and Attache.

Flash drives are compatible with computers and notebooks running Windows 98SE and higher, and with many Apple computers that have a USB port.

According to some manufacturer’s specifications, flash drives can keep data for ten years.

Edit photos and more from a flash drive

u3logoSome flash drives include U3 smart technology, which allows you to securely carry files and software. Plug the U3 drive into a PC and run applications, surf the net, send email, edit photos and more. U3 software and applications take space on the drive so be sure to buy one with enough capacity for your needs.

Print from a flash drive

A growing number of photo Kiosks accept flash drives. Bring your digital photos to a store, insert the drive into the USB port, do any last minute cropping on the touch screen and then print. Couldn’t be easier!

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.