9. Flash Memory
Flash memory storage devices are typically small, lightweight, removable and rewritable. They consist of a small printed circuit board which is encased in plastic or metal casing. They usually have a removable cap which covers and protects the part of the stick which is inserted into a USB port.
Memory sticks are available from 1 Gb upwards.
- They are more compact and portable than CDs or DVD.
- They hold more data than a CD, many gigabytes
- They are reliable as they have no moving parts (unlike a hard disk)
- They are easily branded on their cover to reflect the organisation
- They are not affected by magnetic fields (unlike magnetic tape)
- More expensive than CD or DVD as a medium
- They can be easily lost
- The metal part which is inserted into the USB port can be snapped off or damaged if they are handled roughly
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