Flash storage – what exactly is it?

Whether we know it or not, a lot of us use flash storage frequently. Flash memory is built into many devices that some of us use daily such as MP3 players, laptops and mobile phones.

What is flash storage?

Flash storage devices are frequently used to store and transport information, usually from one computer to another. Flash memory is known as a solid state storage device, which means everything is electronic instead of mechanical, like a data CD.

Other key features of flash storage include:

  • A non-volatile storage chip, meaning it doesn’t need a constant flow of power to maintain the information stored in the chip
  • There are no moving parts
  • Allows for easy electronic storage
  • Data can be easily erased and the device can be reprogrammed
  • Allows for quick access to data
  • Extreme durability, especially when coming in the form of a memory card

Flash storage is so popular because of the convenience of all of these features. This type of storage is especially convenient for mobile devices such as cell phones and MP3 players, since it is so durable. Most MP3 players and smartphones can even serve as external hard drives just by plugging them into a computer.

If you’re interested in learning more about flash storage, check out this article from HowStuffWorks.