How flash storage works

March 11th, 2011

Flash storage is something that is commonplace in many of our daily lives, whether we are aware of it or not. Plenty of the gadgets we use on a daily basis, such as smartphones, and laptops, have flash storage built in.

What is flash storage?

Flash storage devices are commonly used to store and transport data, usually from one computer to another. Flash memory can be described as solid state storage device, which means everything is electronic instead of mechanical, like a data CD.

Other typical features of flash storage are:

  • A non-volatile storage chip, meaning it doesn’t need a constant flow of power to maintain the information stored in the chip
  • There are no moving parts
  • Allows for easy electronic storage
  • Data can be easily erased and the device can be reprogrammed
  • Allows for quick access to data
  • Extreme durability, especially when coming in the form of a memory card

All of these features make flash storage a popular choice, particularly for portable devices, such as cell phones. Many people use their smartphones or iPods as external hard drives by hooking them up to their computers and transferring data to them. This makes for extremely easy access, as these are devices that many people carry with them at all times.

If you’re interested in learning more about flash storage, check out this article from HowStuffWorks.

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