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WOF: Do you carry a USB drive every day? If so, what's on it?

By Matthew
Aug 17, 2012
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  1. With flash storage being more affordable, compact and rugged than ever, it seems common for people to routinely carry a USB drive -- or six, in the case of our news editor Rick, who runs a PC repair business. Naturally,…

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  2. I have a USB on my keyring, so yes I carry it everyday. I have it divided into two areas, 1 part has an encrypted volume and the other part is just for quick transfers of unimportant data.
  3. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Enthusiast Posts: 293   +31

    I fix computers for my high school, and I carry a 16GB flash drive in case I need to transfer files from a computer I'm going to reimage or do a OS reinstall on. I keep all of my bootable utilities and software on DVDs, which I carry in a backpack.
  4. Being a PC technician, I carry a 16Gb Patriot Rage (quad channel) USB which I have made bootable with a mutli-installer for Windows 7 (all versions, 32 & 64bit). The rest of the stick is filled with sorted apps, drivers and utilities to install/update PC's. This has replaced all the DVD's and CD's I previously needed to carry around.

    This bootable USB also helped me install Win8 on a netbook by just replacing the Win7 install directories with the Win8 ones. :) Very, very handy.

    I also carry a 750Gb 2.5" external with bigger stuff and to take clietns backups/snapshots.

    Thank you Mr USB! Homer?
  5. Shawn Knight

    Shawn Knight TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,105   +55 Staff Member

    Nah, I don't carry a USB drive with me. No reason to really since I don't do much PC repair these days and if I do, I have the clients bring the system(s) to me.
  6. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Booster Posts: 577   +98

    My flash drive is a Corsair Vengeance 64gb and I carry it with me at all times. Most of the files on it are movies, mostly AVIs and MKVs because some of it are huge in size and other miscellaneous files are my projects and vice versa. So it's kind of big of a deal for me.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    For anyone looking to carry multiple flash drives with little fuss, it's hard to top the utility of Lacie's iamaKey -- a whimsically named line of USB drives with almost the same dimensions as an actual key.

    http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10531

    I know it might seem gimmicky, but the form factor is excellent and the drives are solid metal -- nearly indestructable.

    They do fall a bit short in speed and capacity though (16gb) but a good product nonetheless. 5 out d the 6 I carry on me are iamaKeys and Ive not had one fail.

    I also have several other flash drives on top of the ones I carry with me, also used primarily for work. The 6th one a carry is an Adata s805. It's designed like a caribiner clip -- I love how solid and functional that one is too.

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1203/1/
  8. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Guru Posts: 1,001   +11

    yes. usually it's empty. just for backup drive when I went to someone's place and need some data immediately.

    btw it's the super thin one, which I can just put inside my wallet and never forget to bring around. used to be hp v155w but now I used one which is slightly thinner.
  9. You never now what might happen in Windows, so a Bootable Ubuntu Drive is perfect in order to retrieve any important files.
  10. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    I have one on my keyring, an 8GB drive that cost me $30 about 5-6 years ago.

    I carry college work and Fallout 2, in case I get bored and I'm using some dinosaur. Never had time to play though.
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    Currently the key chain flash drive carries a copy of "Dream From My Real Father" and other anti-globalist conspiracy fact documentaries.
     
  12. doradhorror

    doradhorror TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Physical storage for consumers is dying. Most people can set up drop box fine unless you work at somewhere with dial up connection.
  13. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I was never one to adopt any of the bigger flash drives, and usually when I have one with me it's 2 or 4GB. It's usually packed with documents like resumes, portfolio pieces and mobile antivirus or bootable software. When I was in school I would use it for transporting files and projects but then I got an external hard drive and my flash drive collected dust.
  14. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,305   +265

    Yes I do - has a Win7 install image and an Ubuntu install image
  15. @doradhorror..."Physical storage for consumers is dying. Most people can set up drop box fine unless you work at somewhere with dial up connection."

    Ah yes, the joy of the cloud. Physical storage is dying? I don't think so! People will always have a need for tangible forms of backup and data transfer. I would only use offsite storage methods as a redundant form of backup to any of my information. Using cloud storage as the ONLY way to store and transfer information is just asking for trouble. Plus, I work in remote areas where cell coverage and wi-fi is nonexistent. Give me a few thumb drives any day for swapping data back and forth from laptop to desktop.
  16. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,346   +396

    I have a very small one on my key chain - an 8GB. Have the standard computer maintenance utilities on it - CCleaner, Auslogics Disk Defrag, SpyBot, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, etc. It's nice to have that stuff whenever my friends or relatives are having problems with their computers as 99% of the time those utilities will fix whatever is wrong.
  17. 0192837465

    0192837465 TS Member Posts: 17

    Yes I do carry an empty one
  18. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    If my phone counts as one, yes.

    Well, not really. I've stopped using them long ago.
  19. I used to carry a usb drive with me. Now I run a small file server from my home. I can access it quickly and easily from anywhere. It's more convenient than lugging around a heavy usb stick all day long... teasing, but everywhere has internet, so it a file server over a usb stick seems logical.
  20. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    But if you can't boot from it, there is less of a use for it.
  21. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    No, no USB drive. Carry most files that I need on my phone. Less important ones in my Dropbox account, more important ones downloaded onto my phone.

    I don't do any computer repairs for people anymore, so I don't need any programs, and the benefit of a phone means that I can display whatever I need, rather than needing to plug my USB drive into something else.
  22. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Enthusiast Posts: 427   +19

    Yup mostly college assignments maybe some multimedia and for project work
  23. I have one on my keyring, an 8GB sandisk drive that cost me $25.
  24. 6 usb flash drives:
    2x 1gb generic I bought about 5 years ago.; various softwares, pics, and vids I collected.

    2x 8gb pqi I bought about 3 years ago.; various free softwares from filehippo.com and free-codecs.com

    2x 16gb pqi I bought about a year ago.; 1 bootable windows 8 consumer release preview, another 1 containing bootable windows 8 pro x64
  25. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 247   +15

    Sandisk 16GB, mostly tools for fixing PCs.


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