The usb memory stick has several terms, Flash drives, Jump drives, Thumb drives, Pen drives, memory keys, but is most frequently recognized as a usb memory stick. The earliest usb sticks were initially commercially on the market at the end of The year 2000 when Trek Technology made available their unique 'ThumbDrive' and then IBM revealed their unique 'DiskOnKey'. Since that time many manufacturers have released designs of the usb memory sticks, hence all the various nicknames for them.

A usb memory stick is a data storage device which is made up of a circuit board along with NAND flash memory incorporated which connects with other electronics using a female Universal Serial Bus connection. The memory is typically encapsulated within plastic, metal, or silicone housing and due to the compact actual physical size of the flash memory can be found in all types of sizes and shapes. They can range between very small drives that can be attached onto key-chains or maybe a lanyars, debit card sized drives to pop in to wallets & handbags as well as larger size external hard drive shaped items. Furthermore because of the small form size promotional usb can be very in demand, especially for branding in addition to promotional uses.

Usb sticks are generally utilized much the same way as floppy discs or CDs were, however because of the lightweight over all size, volume of information  space available in addition to swift transfer of data speeds, have become the more common option for computer data storage & transfer. The available memory sizes differ significantly from 64mb (that's 45 x's the amount of data files a floppy disk is capable of holding) right up too 250GB (the capacity of many external hard drives). They have a lengthy shelf life of more than Ten years along with a functioning life of 10000-80000 reads/writes, they also have no moving mechanical components inside to fail or delicate surface areas to scratch.

Virtually every electronic digital gadget these days features usb ports, computers, Notebooks, pc tablets, Dslr Cameras and Camcorders, Televisions to name a few, and so the usb stick shall be useful for a number of years ahead. The primary use is for backing up files such as photos, videos, documents however there are many other uses which include running portable apps from the usb, distributing digital music or company brochures, securing computers as well as speeding up your laptop or computer where Windows uses the extra ram on the usb to supplement RAM.

There are however a few dangers when working with a usb stick. Because of the small size combined with ease of access you could potentially distribute malicious applications and also infections by way of them, even unintentionally, so if you have used your personal usb stick in another persons device it is wise to check your data files with a virus scanner to ensure the usb is clean and safe. Like all storage types usbs could very well fail, causing entire loss of data. So bear in mind, if you use a usb stick as a method for storing essential information, make sure you have a Second backup should the drive fail.