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Back-Ups 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 keychain 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 back again.

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!

SIDEBAR:

BioSlimDisk

Although more expensive at $130.00 for 64 MB, this system will appeal to more advanced users because of its security features such as fingerprint identification.  I don't recommend it for newbies.  It takes some time to learn how to work this drive.

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

From the makers of the ZIP drive, Iomega offers it's thumb drive in 64 MB to 128 MB versions.  Price is mid-range and functionality is excellent.  Easy to use.

Trek Thumbdrive

One of the best priced and easiest to use drives on the market.  This was my choice and I've been thrilled with it.  At present, they also offer the highest capacity available--512 MB.

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

Housebreaking A Husband
Unleashed this December
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