Whenever we require spare storage for our system or for us we might think of possibly two devices: Hard Drive and an External Hard drive. But despite these two devices, there is another category that well suits our requirements. A USB drive is a handy and portable device with a maximum capacity of 512 GB and a minimum capacity of 8 GB accordingly.
From the start, these devices were started with a storage capacity of 512 MB and 1 GB respectively.
Likewise, with the development of advanced software, there is a need to shift to high-storage devices.
Meanwhile, there is another reason for USB flash drives as for making a portable window device that can easily install Windows to any computer, software safe house storage, and can be stored for a long time without being corrupted.
There is a huge usage of USB devices, copying files, storing videos, playing songs in your car, and watching movies on a smart TV by plugging your USB into it.
Let me provide you with detailed information regarding how you can know about the USB version of your flash drive, and what are the speed specifications a particular USB provides for transferring data.
To know more about USB types continue to read this blog for a better understanding and information.
USB Versions & Data Transfer Speed
Technology has revolutionized the versions and speed specifications of storage devices. The first flash drive started with version 1.0 and the recent version is 3.2.
The main difference between these flash drives is the data transferring speed and like for 3.2 it can transfer data at a speed of 5 Gbps, likewise, USB 2.0 can transfer data at a speed of 480 Mbps.
Now if there are clear differences but we can not unbox the storage device at the time of purchase and also we are a bit confused about whether the retailer is stating the correct statement about the storage device.
Here are the speed specifications of USB drives:
- USB 1.0 – transfer rate up to 187.5 KB/s
- USB 2.0 – transfer rate up to 60 MB/s
- USB 3.0 – transfer rate up to 625 MB/s
- USB 3.1, 3.2 – transfer rate up to 1.25 GB/s, 2.5 GB/s
With external storage devices if you want to get the accurate speed of transferring data you need a 3.0 compatible device along with a 3.0 USB host controller.
All external devices use type-A connectors and are usually cross-compatible. However, if USB 2.0 is connected to USB 3.0 port, it gradually downgraded the speed according to USB 2.0, hence, hardware limitations of external storage will limit the data transfer speed of others.
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Color Code – Identify USB Version
For identification of the USB version, type-A host devices have a built-in color scheme and usually follow it for identification.
The main color codes for USB devices are described below;
- USB 3.2 – Blue USB connector
- USB 3.0 – Red or Yellow Connector
- USB 1.0 – White and Black USB connector
These are the color combinations that can clearly identify the USB versions according to the color codes. The main reason for USB flash drives is the need to store data or transfer important data.
CDs are now distinct from our everyday life except for PlayStation or Xbox 360. We no longer require CDs to overwrite our documents; there are lots of spaces we have been provided for safety purposes.
USB devices can store anything you want to copy or it is very easy to carry the data either for business tours or outside the city.
Furthermore, avoid the false statements of retailers who are dealing with these flash drives and claim the device is 3.0 supported which is sometimes a false statement.
In A Nutshell
Choosing the right USB flash drive for you is quite easy but for those who actually know about the detailed information about them.
If you are about to buy a USB flash drive consult this blog once for your understanding which helps in making the decision for buying.
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