It's never been easier to take all the files, data or media you want with you wherever you go. Generally about the size of a stick of gum, a USB flash drive lets you store any file from your computer so you can save it, transport it, and load it onto another computer in seconds. You simply plug the flash drive into your USB port and drag any files you want onto its icon on your desktop. Best of all, flash drives have no internal moving parts, so they're very resistant to breaking by being bumped or dropped.

USB Drive Types

Many types of USB drive, sometimes referred to as a thumb drive, also have handy features like a key chain ring or a small LED flashlight. Some can even transmit your data wirelessly for the ultimate in digital convenience.

There's a lot to choose from when it comes to buying a flash drive. The most important thing to consider is size. The whole point of a USB drive is to store lots of data in a small space, so think about what kinds of files you'll want to house on your flash drive. Movies and music take quite a bit of space, so if you're carrying your whole entertainment library with you, you'll want a big thumb drive.