Flash Drives have been around since 2000 and had taken over many of the file transfer duties that were originally done using floppy disks. As flash drives have grown in capacity, they have become data storage devices in their own right. A recent survey of retail outlets showed drive capacities ranging from 2GB all the way up to 256GB.
While there are no moving parts in a flash drive, they wear out over based on the number of write operations. Flash drives better as a storage device, there are no limits in the number of times you can read the drive. Another weak point of these devices is the USB connector. Over time they flex and wear out. Also, because of their small size, flash drives are more likely to be physically damaged.
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