Honestly, I think flash drives are no longer a very useful piece of technology. Yes, they have their place, but that place is becoming more and more limited.
With services like Dropbox (a cloud-based file storage service, with 5gb or more of free storage) becoming more and more popular, you can move your files more easily, never worry about losing files or having your drive stolen, and take less time to transfer files (no more waiting for files to copy over to your device).
If you need less storage, you can use emails, or even the file upload service provided in Google Docs, which allows up to 1gb file uploads, which you can share with anyone.
If you need more storage, external hard drives represent a better value. You can get much more storage per dollar, and the portable drives are pocketable, so unless you really hate carrying things, there shouldn't be a problem.
When are flash drives useful? When you need between 10 and 32 gb of storage, or when cloud-based storage just isn't an option (such as plugging in the flash drive to a TV or other hardware that doesn't support your cloud-based storage.
In college, I had a few flash drives, and used them occasionally. I had up to a 4gb flash drive, and never really needed more (if I was moving movies or tv shows, I'd use a much bigger external drive). I switched to cloud-based storage, and honestly haven't felt a need for a flash drive in about 3 years.
Just some thoughts.
DanFinance (rep: 12) posted Feb 15, 2012
I can't use dropbox because I teach at a variety of colleges and they have different I.T. policies about what sites can be accessed from the classroom computers provided for lecture. I imagine that other work sites have the same issues. When I have used dropbox I often run into the problem that a 1GB video takes too long to download. I need to be able to pop the flashdrive into a USB site and getting going right away.
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