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Using a "USB Key" to Store Files

October 3, 2005

If you have recently purchased or used a new computer, you may have been surprised to find that there is no floppy disk drive attached. While some systems still support floppy disks, the lower cost and increased speed of newer media, such as CD-ROMs have become popular enough to push floppy disks on their way to extinction. A good replacement for floppy disks are "USB Keys" which are also referred to as "flash drives." A USB key is like a small portable hard drive, and is available in various storage capacities. The smallest ones are around 32MB, and they can go up to 2GB. (For comparison, a floppy disk holds about 1.3MB) The "USB Keys" often come with a loop to put on a keychain, or have a pocket clip. They plug into the USB port of a computer, so you can take your files with you. Some portable mp3 players, such as the iPod Shuffle can also act as a USB storage device in addition to holding music files.

USB keys can be purchased at popular electronics stores, or you can purchase them directly from the CCC Information Desk in Fuller Labs. To check the current availability of storage sizes and prices, call x5480.

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