|Ideal for file backup or taking it on the
road, these feather-light, thumb-sized devices
are the latest in portable data storage.
Most models can attach to your key ring,
and pack from 64 MB to 2 GB (or more) of
data. Toss out those piles of diskettes.
Worry no more about finding the right peripheral.
Flash drives plug directly into
a USB port
to become your D: or E: drive.
speed is similar to the C: drive.
with both Windows and Apple PCs.
no driver setup, except with
| Shopping Tips|
Each manufacturer has its own name for these
products, such as: Jump Drive, Thumb Drive,
Quick Drive, USB Drive, Travel Drive, or
Micro Vault. Prices start at around $20 for
1 GB. You'll pay slightly more for drives
that operate at higher speed in USB 2.0 ports
or that offer security features like password
protection. Some drives are geared for e-mail
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