USB Drives

USB drives are rewritable and portable storage devices, which can plug and play instantly. These get attached easy with the USB interface. The first USB drive “disgo” was available in four different capacities; 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, and 64MB. The popular brands are SanDisk, Kingston, Toshiba, Transcend, HP, Lexar, etc.

USB drives are platform independent and hence can be used on various operating systems. Some manufacturers have password protection feature that prevent unauthorized user’s access to your data. the high data transfer rate is due to USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity. USB 3.0 has become popular and common as these transfer data at much higher rate upto 5 Gb/s, which is much higher when compared to the 480 Mbit/s offered by USB 2.0.


The small and portable USB drive has a plastic casing over the small circuit board. The compact design makes it handy. The major components are;

  • Standard-A USB plug provides interface to the host computer
  • USB mass storage controller – small microcontroller with RAM and ROM chip
  • NAND flash memory chips to store data
  • Crystal oscillator for producing 12MHz clock signal and for controlling data output

There can be other additional components like Jumper, LEDs, memory card slot, etc.


USB drives are used for the following purposes;

  • Excellent backup devices
  • Transporting personal data
  • Safe and secure data storage
  • Carry softwares
  • Portable audio players and more


The major advantage of using USB device drives is there are no fragile parts in it. These can provide easy data transfer as these are not platform independent and light to carry. These do not depend on batteries or external power supply.

Related Information

Recover Deleted MS Office Files from USB Drive
Users often use USB drive to transfer the MS Office files like Powerpoint Presentation, Excel sheets, etc. While transferring files if you pull out the USB drive in a hassle, then you might lose important Office files. This might happen with anybody.  But no need to worry as it is possible to recover Office files with the Remo Recover software.

USB Data Recovery
Sometimes when you insert a USB flash drive to your computer, you see “USB drive not recognized” error. This is due to corruption of the flash drive. If you want to access the data from it, the storage device needs to be formatted. As formatting would delete all the data from it, it results in data loss. The above link helps you to data restoration from the USB flash drive, memory cards, SD cards, etc.

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