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If you've been using computers for a while, you remember floppy disks and, more recently, CD-ROMs and DVDs. All of them were used at different times to hold data outside the computer, usually for transfer to another computer -- the so-called "sneaker drive."
Today, the easiest way to take data out of your computer is with a USB flash drive. A USB flash drive is a compact USB flash memory drive that acts like a portable hard drive, letting you store and transfer your data -- including programs, MP3s, photos and video -- from computer to computer.
USB flash drives, also called thumb drives and jump drives, hold up to 2GB of information and are small enough -- about the size of your thumb -- to slip easily into your pocket, around your neck like a necklace, or on your keychain.
This makes it easy to use flash drives as convenient data transfer devices. They're a great way to keep your favorite photos, songs, even your resume with you wherever you go.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|