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16GB USB Flash Drives

Flash drives are devices made to store computer files for music, videos, photos, images and documents. It is small with varying capacity and data speed. Storage uses a solid-state drive which translates to no moving parts. This makes a flash drive not only convenient but durable. With its built-in USB connector, the flash drive can connect to computers and appliances with a compatible USB port. It's powered by the connecting port. Flash drives are sometimes referred to as thumb drives or jump drives.

How many songs can fit on a 16GB flash drive?

Depending on the size of the music files, you can fit 3,600 to 4,600 files. The size of your music files depends on the quality of the recording. High quality files can be more than 3MB each. This will reduce the number of total files your flash drive can store.

What does USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 mean?

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. It's a computer protocol created to make transferring data among computers easier. Computers had USB ports. Electronic products and cables had a built-in USB connector. The first version was called USB 1.1. File migration was possible but it was limited by slow speed and low capacity.

USB 2.0 had speedier data rates. A 2.0 port can recognize and accept data from a USB 1.1 flash drive. However, a port's performance is affected by the earlier protocol. A 1.1 device cannot move data at the rate of a 2.0 device despite being plugged into a 2.0 port.

USB 3.0 was developed in 2009. It is much quicker than earlier versions while retaining backwards compatibility. A 3.0 USB will not be recognized by a 1.1 or 2.0 port.

What sizes of USB flash drives are available?

USB Flash drives are offered in the following sizes: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Features can vary. For example, a Sandisk drive may have added security capabilities.

How many files can I fit on a 16GB flash drive?

The actual number of files depends on the size of the individual files. Smaller files will lead to higher storage numbers. For example, if your pictures are professional quality with high resolution, they can be as large as 5MB or bigger. High quality music files can reach 4MB or more depending on the length of the song. Video sizes depend the quality, encoding, compression and length of each video. Plain text files are tiny even with many pages. Files from word processing programs are much larger.

In general, 16 GB drive can hold 9,800 1.5MB photos, 3,686 4MB songs, 14,500 short documents and 36 hours of compressed videos.

How long does it take to format a USB flash 16 GB drive?

It only takes a short time to format a USB flash drive. A high-capacity flash drive will take longer like a half hour depending on the type of formatting. However, formats differ between Windows and Mac computers. Flash drives are typically compatible with both upon purchase. If your needs are specialized, then formatting specifically for Windows or Mac use maybe be required.

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