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  1. helenb102

    helenb102 Thread Starter

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    What is the difference between a USB flash drive and a USB pen drive? There is a difference in price but that is all i can work out at the moment. Please can you help.
     
  2. lotuseclat79

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    Hi helenb102,

    Welcome to TSG!

    According to Ask.com when I searched for usb flash drive, a USB flash drive and USB pen drive are one and the same:
    Known By Many Names

    Also known as a "flash drive," "pen drive," "keychain drive," "key drive," "USB key," "USB stick" and "memory key," ...

    I already knew that, but wondered if indeed there actually was some difference - so, none!

    They are sold with or without bootable software (Windows) depending on mfg. I have bought 512kb, 2GB and 4GB USB flash drives. SanDisk cruzer (512KB, 2GB, 4GB) comes with Windows compatible FAT16 (I think) bootable software. On a PNY Technologies (2GB) USB flash drive which does not come with any bootable software, I partitioned and laid in a compatible file system for Linux Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon which has the property (now) of persistent storage, so that any changes I install to it are not lost after I boot it up and install the changes - i.e. between reboots from it onto my desktop from it.

    -- Tom
     
  3. Space Cowboy

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    I'm shopping for one now myself and like the ones that Staples has because they rotate to protect the connector and also come with a lanyard with a keychain loop. The ones that just have a cap tend to get lost. The sandisk ones slide out but don't cover the connector so I'm thinkin they would get full of dirt. I have a imation 256mb that works good but I'd like at least 2-4 gig. The ones that come with a light on them are nice also cause then you know when they are finished transfering the data.

    But then there's speed. I guess some have readyboost that works with VISTA .. So I'm just keeping my eye's open for a bargin.

    NewEgg has allot to choose from also and cheaper.

    Here is one a guy wrote he drove over it with his Truck :eek:
     

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