Almost everyone knows what flash drives are. But just to be clear, they’re easy-to-use doodads that can store large amounts of data while fitting into our pockets. Through the past few decades though, we’ve witnessed how gadgets and devices are inclined to develop toward smaller, faster, more efficient models. It leads us to wonder – is a more compact alternative to the USB memory stick (flash drive) just around the corner? Or is there already a quicker, hassle-free solution for data storage? Will flash drives become obsolete?
Think about how flash drives are being used now. They’re everywhere — they’ve become so easily accessible, and they’re available in almost any design conceivable. They’re so cheap that they’re given away by the handful as promotional items. However, any previously-cutting-edge innovation that has been downgraded to become that common is doomed to fizzle out soon.
As a matter of fact, the possibility for smaller, more powerful storage devices is also already being considered. Technology experts believe it’s only a matter of time before a new storage chip will become commercially available. While currently being developed, it’s intended to replace the USB in computers, smart phones and other mobile devices. It would be able to contain even greater amounts of information despite its minute size. It’s also going to be heat-resistant and – get this – foldable. Memory sticks may soon be dismissed into the computer history archives – right next to diskettes and Zip drives.
To further decrease the popularity of the memory stick, we can look to the fast-paced mobile technology revolution. Wireless technology now enables computer users to access data anywhere they go. Advancements in smart phones and developments in online storage solutions now allow quick, easy data storage and retrieval. This pretty much eliminates the need for the USB memory stick you have dangling on your keychain. Think about this: why go through all the trouble of plugging a flash drive, searching for your files, waiting while it transfers data, making sure it ejects safely, plugging it into another device and so on, when it’s comparatively effortless to just drag and drop from the cloud?
Aside from the numerous cloud storage services already available, even more online solutions are currently being developed by reputable companies. They hope to provide even quicker, easier, and more efficient service.
While cloud storage provides a great amount of convenience, most computer users agree that it’s still necessary to have a backup storage device at home. With flash drives due to become obsolete in the near future, be mindful of the advantages of using an external hard disk drive to back up all your documents, photos, videos, music files and everything else. You could, of course, try to save everything in your laptop, but all that data will just bog it down and make it prone to crashing. Having an external device will actually enhance a laptop’s performance while providing a place to store your files.
So what do we do now with the collection of flash drives we’ve amassed and depended on for the past several years? You can probably hold on to them for a while, but be sure to keep abreast with the technological advancements and gradually transition to online solutions while maintaining an external hard drive.