USB flash drives may be affordable and ubiquitous but these little storage devices are highly useful tools for always having important documents and program settings on hand. They are really simple to use - just plug one into a computer's USB port and you can access the documents stored on the drive immediately. You can also run portable apps from the drive without having to install them on the host computer. Not to mention, program settings such as favorite bookmarks on Google are saved on the drive, so having a flash drive is like having your own personal computer with you wherever you go. Aside from that here are other remarkable uses of USB flash drives.
Keep Essential Files Always Available
USB flash drives like those from Transcend Malaysia can hold several gigabytes of data -- enough to make sure you always have in your pocket or on your keychain stuff your latest work files such as photos, Outlook files, documents for insurance purposes, medical records, contact lists, and other important information you would need with you in case of emergency or just for accessing on the go. If you travel often or work in different offices, USB flash drives are essential tools for accessing your work files wherever you go.
Pro Tip: Before you save any confidential information on your USB flash drive, make sure you encrypt the drive so the data on it is protected in case it ever gets lost.
Carry Your Favorite Applications and Settings With You
Many popular applications have portable versions that can be installed and run entirely through USB flash drives or other portable hardware (e.g., iPods or portable hard drives) without changing the computer's hard drive. Another benefit of using portable apps on USB sticks is that when you remove the USB drive, no personal data is left behind. There's a portable version of Firefox, OpenOffice portable, and many others.
If your USB flash drive is a "U3 smart drive" (many Transcend drives are U3-capable because Transcend holds the rights to the U3 platform), you can choose from thousands of U3 "smart applications" to install and run from the U3 Launchpad. Many U3 drives come pre-installed with portable apps like Firefox, RoboForm2Go, Evernote, and McAfee Antivirus.
Troubleshoot and Repair Computer Problems
Utilities for troubleshooting computer issues and running diagnostics can be run directly from a USB flash drive. AVG, for example, has a USB-optimized antivirus application that can do a virus scan on a troubled PC from the USB drive.
Your USB flash drive repair kit should include utilities like the ones below:
- CCleaner: Windows optimization and privacy tool
- AppCrashView: display details of crashed applications so you can troubleshoot them
- AVG Rescue CD for USB Sticks: portable antivirus, antispyware, and system recovery
- WirelessNetView: monitor and detect wireless networks around you
Make Windows Run Faster with Windows ReadyBoost
Windows 8 and Windows 10 users in Malaysia can use USB flash drives to improve system performance by using the USB drive (or an SD card) as an additional memory cache. When you connect a compatible removable storage device to your computer, Windows ReadyBoost will automatically launch and ask if you want to use the device to speed up performance with Windows ReadyBoost. Don't worry, if you change your mind, you can later disable Windows ReadyBoost for the flash drive.
The amount of space Microsoft recommends setting aside on your USB flash drive for ReadyBoost is one to three times the amount of memory on your computer; so if you have 1GB of RAM on your computer, use 1GB to 3GB on the flash drive for ReadyBoost.
Keep in mind that not all USB flash drives may be compatible with ReadyBoost. The drive needs to be at least 256MB and drives that have poor write and random read performance can fail the compatibility test. If you have a compatible device, though, using ReadyBoost can make a significant difference in how fast Windows starts up and loads applications.
Run a Separate Operating System
You can run a separate operating system from your Transcend USB flash drive so you won't have to modify your computer's hard drive. If you're curious about Linux, for example, you can buy a USB flash drive with Linux already embedded in the USB pen or install your favorite Linux OS from the USB drive using Pen Drive Linux. It's even possible to boot Windows 10 from a USB flash drive, which can be useful if your PC is unbootable and you need to get back into it to troubleshoot and repair.