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Backups At Your Thumbtip
by Lori Soard
Have you ever had the first three chapters of a
perfect story and then misplaced the disk or gotten a formatting error when
transferring from one computer to another? I've run into those nasty formatting
errors numerous times while working from laptop to desktop. It's frustrating to
say the least. I set out in search of a solution and found a new product that
lives up to its hype--the new pocket storage devices.
Technology must have had writers in mind when
the new thumb drives were created. Also known as Mini Universal Serial Bus (USB)
storage devices, these drives can hold large amounts of data and are only the
size of your thumb.
Lightweight and compact, they are the ideal form
of portable storage. You can place them in your pocket, purse, or on a key chain
and take them anywhere. They're compatible with most newer computer models, and
are ideal for students who may want to transport data from home to school and
The devices will only work with USB compliant
computers. Simply plug them into the USB port and you're ready to access the
data on your thumb drive. Most of the time, you do not need to install any
special software. The thumbdrive is recognized by newer computer systems the
minute it's plugged into the port.
At present, these portable pocket drives range
from 8 MB of memory to 512 MB. However, as technology grows more advanced and
smaller, consumers can expect even larger storage capabilities in the near
future. Imagine saving every book and article you've ever written on one tiny
drive the size of your thumb. You could then place it anywhere from a fireproof
container to a safety deposit box for safekeeping.
Prices are reasonable as well, starting at
around $35.00 for the 8 MB model. For co-writers who want to exchange versions
of their manuscript to solo writers who want a quick backup method, the thumb
drives seem to be an excellent choice. A must have for every writer!
Here are some links:
Although more expensive at $179.99, this system
offers maximum storage space with 256 MB. The ability to share files between PC
and MAC is something business people will sit up and take notice of. Works with
most systems and is easy to use.
Sony Micro Vault
Small and compact, this drive supports a wide
variety of systems. Easy to use but a bit pricey. Offered in various capacities
from 32 MB up to 256 MB
Iomega Mini USB Drive 256
and 124 MB
and 64 mb
From the makers of the ZIP drive, Iomega offers
its thumb drive in 64 MB to 128 MB versions. Price is mid-range and
functionality is excellent. Easy to use.
Offers a 128 MB drive for a very reasonable
49.99. The drive can hold everything from MP3 files to text documents. The drive
is compatible with both PC and Mac and offers a handy keychain option for
additional portability. Easy to use and a good value for the money.
© Copyright 2003, Lori Soard
Lori Soard has a Ph.D. in Journalism and Creative Writing. Thousands of her articles and short stories have been published and several of her books. Her latest novel is Housebreaking A Husband, released by Thorndike/Five Star. You can visit Lori online at www.lorisoard.com