Tips for Mobile Data Storage
Flash drives come in different dimensions and sizes. Different cards are suited to the many different gadgets and devices available.
Huge volumes of Portable memory sticks and cards are manufactured across the globe annually, with many of these sticks not being ideal for their intended usage.
Spending a few minutes to correctly ascertain your storage needs prior to making an unwise purchase will allow you to make an informed decision and as a result you will end up with a superior data storage device that will fulfill its purpose.
Data Card Types
There are several formats that are used by the vast majority of manufacturers. The most widely used are standard, Micro and Mini SD Cards, USB Flash drives, and Compact Flash memory cards.
The 2 main factors when choosing data storage, are the capacity of the card and the speed that data can be transferred. Data storage technology develops quickly resulting in ever greater memory capacity and an increase in data transfer speed.
The bigger and quicker the memory card, the more it usually costs. With the recent surge in the use of mobile devices for gaming and HD videos, mobile secure storage of huge quantities of data has now become more important than ever.
Currently, in early 2014, portable flash drives are on sale up to 256GB and memory capacity is on course to reach 2 Terrabytes by the end of the decade.
Cards and sticks are more & more stable and reliable, giving the user much more confidence and security than used to be accepted.
Many modern memory sticks are hot ‘swappable’ which means that they can be removed from computers and devices without you being required to to eject them.
They are also designed to be compatible with both Windows and Macs, so you can easily transfer your data onto your Mac or PC for using at a later date.
CF memory cards
Top end digital cameras usually provide several card slots and will take Compact Flash memory (which are often the first choice for commercial photography) as well as SDxc cards also.
For commercial photographers, often they only have a split second to capture a special moment, so they be certain that the images they take are safely stored on a 100% reliable card.
Compact Flash storage cards are one of the most consistently reliable portable storage cards and the most trusted. Most wedding day photography specialists elect to use a few lesser size Compact Flash data cards during important shoots like these in preference to storing all of their photographs on just one card.
This provides added security because if disaster struck and, if data is corrupted, they’ll just lose a single section of their data, as opposed to all of it.
Despite the reliability and consistence of data storage, it is prudent to protect your valuable data by saving it this way as it can save a lot of tears later.
Because of their compact dimensions, flash memory are a really practical way of moving enormous quantities of content for either portability or safety.
These small cards and sticks can be easily carried in a wallet, pocket or purse, or discreetly hidden to secure your important documents. Portable memory comes in two forms, USB driven and a range of card drives which each require either a suitable memory card slot or a multi-card reader unit which is connected to a computer via a USB.
The electronic devices, cameras or gaming portals you are looking to buy, or already own will normally dictate which types of memory storage you will require.
If you are only intending to store data from your PC or Mac then a USB flash drive will be your preferred option. With the cost of memory drives decreasing, there has never been a better time to invest in newer, faster and larger capacity cards and sticks to back up your important data.