How Does a Memory Stick Work

Have you ever wondered, how does a memory stick work? The memory stick is the new DVD or CD; you don't need to write files onto a big clunky disc to use them, but can instead copy them to your memory stick and take them anywhere. Still not sold on the benefits of using a memory stick? Consider these points:

Memory sticks are small and easy to transport.
Gone are the days when you had to carry around a clunky external drive or even fragile CD or DVD discs to transport files. Memory sticks are small enough to fit in your pocket or on a keychain, and are much less fragile than trying to transport an easily-broken or scratched disc.

If you do have a memory stick that fits on your keychain, you can carry it without having to worry about it, secure in the knowledge that you've always got it if you need it, instead of wondering where you put it and worrying about forgetting it when you need to transfer some files.

USB memory sticks work with any computer that supports USB.
You don't need a special drive to use a memory stick. Memory sticks work with any computer that supports USB, and these days, that's pretty much all of them. You don't have to carry a zip drive with you, or worry about whether or not a computer has a DVD drive or a CD drive. Simply plug it in and go, and you're all set.

Use your memory stick for presentations and meetings.
Remember when you used to have to bring your laptop with you for important presentations and meetings, and worry about whether or not it would be compatible with a projector or whether you'd have a power source? With the growing popularity of flash memory sticks, you don't need your own computer for presentations and meetings. You can simply load your PowerPoint files or any other documents you need onto your memory stick, and plug it in wherever you go.

Work on projects anywhere.
In today's fast-paced world, you don't always have the time you need to sit down and work on a big project. You might be at home for an hour, then have to go to the library for some research or to school for a class. When you use a memory stick, you can take your projects and documents with you and work on them anywhere.

Have a few extra minutes at school? Dash over to the computer lab to work on your documents instead of going all the way home. Doing some research at the library? Record your findings directly on your memory stick, and have the information handy wherever you go.

Memory sticks are inexpensive and easy to replace.
Unlike large external hard drives, memory sticks are inexpensive and easy to replace. 2GB memory sticks start at five dollars. You can buy them at any electronics store and even at many drug stores and department stores. Unfortunately, because memory sticks are so small, it's easy to forget they're tucked away in a pocket. Always check your pockets before you do laundry, and never store the only copy of a file on a memory stick in case it gets lost or destroyed.

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