Even in today’s era of cloud memories and portable hard drives, pen drives are widely used because they are cute and convenient. So if you are buying a pen drive, there are a few things you should be aware of. If you think about these things, you can buy a pen drive that suits you best.
Usually, when we all buy something, we choose the biggest one in the market rather than the one that suits our needs. Many people are like that when buying a pen drive. That means you buy a pen drive to carry documents in that office, you buy a 128GB one. But in life, no more than two hundred megabytes will be used. Generally, a one-gigabyte pen can hold about 2,400 PDF files. So isn’t it a crime to spend so much on a penny? So, first, could you think about why you need the pen drive?
02. Data Transferring Speed
When buying a pen drive, you must think about its capacity and data transfer speed. Simply put, a pen drive has two data transfer speeds. One is the data read speed. That means the speed at which the computer reads the data on the pen drive. Then the data writing speed. That means the speed at which a file is transferred from the pen drive or to the pen drive. The data reading speed of a new pen drive that comes now can be about 100MB/s. The data writing speed is less. Maybe around 30MB/s on average. This also affects the USB version. For example, plugging a USB 3.0 pen drive into a USB 2.0 port and expecting high speed is useless.
Also, when choosing some pen drives, we can see that there is one called Speed Class in the pack. That means it has been sent like Class 10. This Speed Class comes for SD cards, which means memory chips. But sometimes it can be played on a pen drive.
03. Durability & Quality
This is really about the quality of memory and performance of a pen drive. When we talk about that warranty, it is said before that a pen drive usually lasts for a long time. But only pen drives that have been produced to that quality. Otherwise, if a pen drive is produced without good quality, bad sectors will appear very quickly and your valuable data may be destroyed. Come on, the brand is also important! Let’s look at the brand next.
Whether we are going to buy a dress or an item, the brand is important. The same applies to pen drives. Especially, it is good for the body not to buy cheap pen drives that don’t have a brand that you can easily find. Especially if a pen drive is from a well-known brand, but the price is unimaginably less than the market price, it is more likely to be fake. Therefore, the best thing is to buy a product from a brand that can take responsibility. If you want, you can scan the bar code and confirm its information.
In the early days of Sri Lanka, there were not more than one or two brands of pen drives in Sri Lanka. The number is a bit too high. But no matter what capacity you buy a pen drive from those brands, they still have a lifetime warranty. A lifetime warranty is provided. There is no problem in giving such a warranty. Because sometimes we still use the old pen drives. We have a sure thing that we can use it even if it is twenty, thirty or forty years from now. However, now there are hardly any pen drives that come with such a lifetime warranty. Now you can find warranty certificates of 5 or 3 years. But if the warranty for the pen drive is given for six months or one year, then there is no point in buying it.
06. Type of the USB Pen Drive
This type refers to the different types of pen drives. For example, there are old-fashioned flash drives that plug into a familiar USB port. Alternatively, you can plug it into the USB port, but there are also pen drives that can be plugged into a USB-C port, or a Micro USB port, which means that you can plug it into the phone or tab. They are called OTG drives. And now there are Wi-Fi pen drives. You only need to charge the computer again. If it is charged, you can directly connect via Wi-Fi and exchange data. So, when choosing this type of pen drive, you have to think about what your needs are.
07. The design
This design is also related to what kind of things the pen drive is used for and with what kind of devices. For example, now there are pen drives of different shapes and sizes in the market. Also, pen drives are now available in various fancy designs. They sent animals that could be picked up and plugged into the USB port and sent various things like pen drives made of wood. However, if we are going to buy a pen drive for a laptop, it is better to buy a cute pen drive with a small size. Because, if you insert a large size pen drive into one of the two ports next to each other, it won’t be easy to insert anything else into the other USB port. Now there are pen drives that are just a few millimeters thick and no bigger than two finger rings. Although it is easy to carry it without anyone seeing it, the chances of losing it are also high. So, you have to choose the design according to your needs.
08. The security
Now usually the security of a pen drive that we used in the past is how safe we keep it with us. Because you can put it on any computer and access the data on it, if the pen drive falls out of our hands somewhere, and someone else finds it, they will not get any special protection if there is sensitive data on the pen. If someone else finds a pen drive where you saved your sex tapes like that, it’s probably the same thing. Such incidents have been reported some time ago.
However, with the development of technology later on, even though the pen drive does not have security facilities specifically, it was possible to strengthen the security of a pen drive through its operating system or third-party software. For example, you can put a password on the pen drive. Even if someone who does not know the password picks up the pen drive, its data cannot be accessed.
But that is software-based security. Modern pen drives now have security based on hardware-based encryption methods. It is very safe. Some modern pen drives come with biometric security. It means that the data can be accessed only when the fingerprint is given. So, it is important to think about the security of the pen drive depending on the use of the pen drive that you buy.
This is not something that we can control. The price varies depending on the brand, memory capacity, and data speed. Then, when we started, we said that the capacity should match our needs. Then, according to your budget, you can choose a suitable pen drive. Otherwise, we can’t ask for a pen drive. But something like this. Even before buying a pen drive, do a little online search and see how these days, according to the relevant specifications, the prices of each brand of pen drive are going. Then you can go get one. Then, if any shop sells us the pen drive more than the market price, we know. (Lifie.lk)
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