13 Flash Drive Uses
So almost everyone knows these days what a flash drive or USB memory stick is. Right? Right. But do you also know the various things you can do with it? Personally, I had no idea of the amazingly different types and uses out there when I started this blog. So I figured I compile a random list and invite you to comment on it. If you have a warranted addition, no matter how abstract or concrete, I will adjust the number in the title accordingly. Here we go!
2.Running software and applications, mostly combined with the data stored on the flash drive. This is great with standalone programs such as VLC media player as they’re pretty independent of any operating system. (VLC is the best video program there is IMO.)
3.Storing and accessing game data, especially saved games. This is very popular with playstations and their flash memory cards.
4.Booting up your system. Who needs ridiculous floppy disks or recovery CDs when you can have a nifty, Bootable Flash Drive?
5.Your walking music library. This is especially neat when you can connect it to a car or home stereo that has a USB port.
6.Your actual music listening device. iPods or mp3 players are really nothing more than memory sticks equipped with headphones and audio running software.
7.Storing and providing medical records which can save your life in emergencies. Medical Flash Drives are specialized for this so if disaster strikes, quick and efficient patient care can be guaranteed.
8.Running or transferring anti-virus and repair programs. You may be able to rescue your machine from that pestering infection of your system and files. Of course you could also get a virus through a memory stick but let’s not think about that.
9.Espionage. Industrial, intelligence, private investigations, you name it. I don’t recommend such use but hey, with Secure Flash Drives it should be pretty effective.
10.Increasing hard disk cache. Adding virtual memory from your USB storage may make your system and programs run a lot smoother. As a matter of fact there are memory sticks specifically equipped for ReadyBoost in Windows Vista.
11.Backing up valuable data when tweaking around with your system or trying to repair it. Finally it feels good to format that entire hard disk…
12.Marketing and promotion. Whether you’re a big company or freelance business individual you can brand Customizable USB Drives with your name, include promotional content and give them to your (potential) customers. Artists or music labels have distributed select songs on memory sticks, especially during concerts, and fast food chains have got their consumers hooked with USB Hamburgers and Coke Shaped Flash Drives.
13.Simply having fun! Beside fast food memory sticks there’s plenty more Crazy Flash Drives out there that make for great company and cheerful gag gifts (while still being useful). My favorites are probably Fortune Cookies, Guitars and USB Humping Dogs.