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USB Flash Drives are devices which have been recently developed to replace floppy disks and CDs. They have a USB interface and are removable as well as rewritable. The USB flash drive has its benefits over floppy disks and CDs. For instance, it is smaller than a floppy disks or CDs which make it more portable than these other data storage devices. It has a more compact shape and can operate at a much faster rate than the floppy. The USB flash drive also has a longer lasting design and is more reliable during operation as it does not have any moving parts. It is the preferred means of data storage as it has a higher storage capacity from 64 MB minimum to 128 GB maximum and there is stable a stable price progress for each capacity. Some of these devices permit one million write/erase cycles and can retain data for up to ten years.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
USB flash drives have gained popularity such that computers nowadays do not come with floppy drives but instead have USB ports. When using Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows ME editions, the USB flash drive is capable of functioning without any modifications. However if the user is still using Windows 98SE, then they will need to install the device driver before putting the flash drive to use. It is advisable for the users to always ensure that they are using the correct as well as the latest device driver version. Using outdated versions or this which the device no longer supports is likely to generate problems and produce errors within the work of the device. Thus users should always update the drivers at least once a month to ensure that they are working with the latest version. During driver update, it is also advisable for the user to create windows backup to cater for any eventuality. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and USB Flash Drive 2.0 errors before installing any driver updates.