Convenient Storage with USB Flash Drives
With the number of devices that people own, transferring data files between devices is something that everybody is going to come across sooner or later. By using a USB flash drive, you can make the process of transferring your files much easier by using the USB standard that is supported by virtually every computer and operating system on the market. HP offers a variety of flash drives, with various options in terms of size, speed, and storage capacity.What formats are available for USB flash drives?
While there are several different formatting systems in use by computers, as far as USB flash drives are concerned, there are two main systems that are by far the most common for drives.
- NTFS: This is the standard file system used by most Windows-based machines such as those by HP, which makes it one of the most commonly used file systems in the world. Most flash drives will come already formatted as NTFS. The only issue with NTFS formatted drives is that they aren't compatible with all machines. Keep in mind the macOS is unable to write to a flash drive formatted with NTFS; it can only read the files. To ensure more compatibility with as many different operating systems and devices as possible, consider formatting your flash drive as FAT32.
- FAT32: While this system may be older than many others that are in use, that distinction gives FAT32 an advantage. Because of its age, it has more compatibility with other operating systems, such as macOS and Linux. While NTFS flash drives can only be read by some devices, FAT32 can be both read from and written to by virtually every device available on the market. This capability makes FAT32 common among those who desire more cross-platform support, and don't mind the restrictions that FAT32 places on file size. Fortunately, the max file size of 4GB is still sizable enough that it would rarely cause a problem in everyday use.
See the manufacturer site for details.What speeds can USB flash drives reach?
Different USB flash drives such as those from HP can have different transfer rate capabilities, but there are some general levels that can be expected. A USB 3.0 flash drive is nearly always significantly faster than even the fastest 2.0 drives. As a result, if you are looking to get a faster USB flash drive, look to get one that is USB 3.0 to maximize speed. The average 3.0 drive is able to reach speeds of somewhere around 100 MB/sec, which is significantly faster than the average USB 2.0, which tends to peak at around 40 MB/sec. See the manufacturer site for details.Is USB 3.0 compatible with USB 2.0?
Yes, there is backward compatibility built into USB flash drives. Regardless of whether your flash drive or computer uses USB 3.0, 2.0, or even 1.1, they should have no problem communicating with each other. The only significant difference between the different versions is the speeds that each supports. If you plug a USB 3.0 flash drive into a USB 2.0 port, then the flash drive will transfer files at the rate of a USB 2.0 because that is what the port supports. This works the other way as well where a 2.0 drive plugged into a 3.0 port would run at USB 2.0 speeds.Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by HP.