Technology has come a long way. Technology has enabled us to access an endless flow of information on a daily basis, no matter the subject matter. In order to keep up with this infinite influx of information, storage devices have been invented for us to save the data that we deem as important for us. A storage device not only enables us to save store information, it also enables information to be transferred from one device to another, which is very useful especially when you encounter occasions where there is access to the Internet, is scarce or totally absent.
Many of the electronic devices today use storage devices to record information. Digital cameras rely on memory cards to store the photos and videos that you capture, while USB drives are used to retrieve and record information from computers and laptops, acting as an external storage system. PenDrive Malaysia is renowned in Malaysia for producing high-quality storage devices that are used by Malaysians from all walk of life – from professionals to students. PenDrive Malaysia’s storage devices come in many colours and storage capacities so that you will be able to choose the ones that suit you best. The devices they offer are as follow:
USB Flash Drives
One of the most commonly used storage devices in Malaysia, USB flash drives (also known as flash drives, or thumb drives) are data storage devices that have flash memory (electronic, solid-state storage medium that can be erased and reprogrammed electronically) and a USB interface for them to be plugged into the USB ports of laptops and desktop computer. Having a flash memory means that they are non-volatile – they do not require continuous power to store information.
As an external storage device, USB flash drives are removable, physically lightweight and pocket-sized, and the data stored within is rewritable – making them excellent storage devices due to their versatility and portability. USB flash drives that can be abundantly found in the market today have storage capacities anywhere from 4GB to 256GB, with a handful providing up to 512GB and 1TB storage capacity.
External and Internal Solid-State Drives / Disks (SSD)
SSDs are solid-state storage devices that use integrated circuit assemblies to store data that are commonly found in laptops and computers as the main storage device for these devices. SSDs do not have any moving parts, thus differentiating them from conventional storage devices such as Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) or floppy disks that contained spinning disks and movable read/write heads. Moreover, SSDS offer many advantages when compared to these traditional storage devices, amongst them being more shock-resistant, operates silently, and having lower access time and latency. PenDrive Malaysia offers consumers who are looking to beef up their external storage systems with a compact 1.8” external SSD that can deliver ultra-high speed data transfer up to 200MB/s.
Memory cards are also a common type of data storage device used for storing digital information. They can be found in many gadgets in portable electronic devices today such as in mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, video game consoles, et cetera. Most devices today have a memory card slot for consumers to insert or exchange memory cards in case they require more memory. This often happens in the case of smartphones, as they have limited internal storage and will be depleted if too much information such as images, videos, and games are installed onto it. Hence memory cards are useful as an additional source of data storage devices. These memory cards also have flash memory, which means they are non-volatile so the information stored within remains intact and can still be retrieved even with the absence of power.
However, not all memory cards are born equal. Different devices have varied requirements when it comes to memory cards. Memory cards are usually differentiated by attributes such as speed class and physical size.
Depending on the tasks you perform on a device, speed matters as some tasks require memory cards of higher size. For example, if you are merely performing media files on your smartphone, a low-speed memory card is enough to do the trick. However, if you are a photographer and you are recording high-resolution videos and saving them directly in the SD card, or you are capturing photos in rapid succession and saving them in high-resolution RAW format, then a high-speed memory card is needed for optimum performance. Commercially, there are 4 different speed classes – 2,4,6, and 10, with 2 being the slowest and 10 the fastest.
Generally, memory cards come in three sizes known as standard-size SD cards, mini-SD cards, and micro-SD cards. Most consumer digital and DSLR cameras today still use standard-size SD cards, whereas mini-SD cards were designed for older models of smartphones and are less used today ever since the micro-SD cards were introduced. Newer smartphones and electrical devices use micro-SD sized memory cards.