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Flash Drives By. Michael Jones and Nick Randall. What is a Flash Drive. A USB flash drive is a NAND-type flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB interface. They are typically small, lightweight, removable and rewritable.

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Flash drives by

Flash DrivesBy

Michael Jonesand

Nick Randall

What is a flash drive

What is a Flash Drive

  • A USB flash drive is a NAND-type flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB interface. They are typically small, lightweight, removable and rewritable.

  • USB Flash Drives are sold with memory sizes anywhere from 32 Megabytes to 60 gigabytes.

Basic history

Basic History

  • The first flash drives were created in 1998 by Dov Moran. Dov’s most significant contribution was that the flash drive was self-reliant and free of the need to install drivers. The first flash drives were produced by M-Systems and were in Europe.

  • Modern flash drives now have USB 2.0 connectivity.

  • The sizes of an 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, and 64 MB. and this design was continued up to 256 MB. Asian manufacturers soon started making their own flash drives that were cheaper than the M-Systems series. The fastest drives available now use a dual channel controller.

How does it work

How Does It Work?

  • Flash Drives (for the most part) are only active when connected to a computer USB port or USB hub. Flash drives have no battery or internal power source and are only powered by their connection to the computer.

  • Modern Operating Systems support USB Flash drives without the need to download a driver from disk or the web.

Essential components

Essential Components

There are typically three parts to a flash drive…

  • A Male type-A USB flash drives provides an interface to the host computer.

  • NAND flash memory chip stores data.

  • Crystal oscillator produces the device's main 12 MHz clock signal and controls the flash data output through a phase locked loop.

Inside of a flash drive

Inside of a flash drive

This is what the inside of a flash drive looks like. We could not take our flash drive

apart so we did the next best thing.

Common uses

Common Uses

  • Personal Data Transport: Such as music or this slide show.

  • Arcade Games: When a new machine is brought in or if a machine needs maintenance the high scores are stored on a flash drive.

  • Flash drive are used by network administrators for loading new software and configurations for troubleshooting and maintenance.

The good and the bad

TheGood and The Bad


Flash Drives are more convenient then some older forms of portable memory, Namely Floppy Disk. They Are…

  • More compact

  • Contain More Memory

  • Faster

  • And More reliable

  • Modern Operating Systems come with the ability to talk to USB drives without having to download an additional drive from the web or CD-Rom.


  • They are still breakable.

  • If something goes wrong with the Drive there’s no way to fix it because there’s no software on it and no anti-virus devices.

  • Like any form of flash memory they can only have a certain number of transactions before it fails.



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  • Michael Jones

  • Nick Randall

    Information and Photos gathered from

  • Jim

  • Wikipedia.org

  • http://www.gadgetspy.co.uk/wp-content/photos/usb_thumb_drive.JPG

  • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e2/Usbkey_internals.jpg/320px-Usbkey_internals.jpg

  • http://gadgets.fosfor.se/the-top-10-weirdest-usb-drives-ever/

  • http://www.irsural.ru/gallery/autocatalog/flash_drive/Pny_FlashDrive.jpg

  • http://www.ubergizmo.com/photos/2006/5/lego-memory-stick-1.jpg

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