16GB Flash Drive - transfer your data by memory stick as quick as a Flash!
One of the best hi-tech innovations in recent years is the USB pen drive - a brilliant
memory storage device which allows you to transfer all your digital data.
Gone are the days when computer users needed to use standard 3.5 inch floppy disk
with a paltry 1.44mb storage capacity to move images and text documents from one
PC to another, or burn a 700mb of information or audio to a CD for use on a computer
of CD player. A USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash drive has thousands of times more
storage capacity than these older storage formats.
The arrival of the USB flash drive - or thumb or pen stick - was a giant technological
leap which enabled us to transfer large amounts of data to an from the handy small
device via a USB input socket on a desktop PC, laptop, netbook or other computer
device. A USB memory stick is the perfect tool for the job of storing and transferring
One of the most popular sizes of USB memory flash drives is the 16 gigabyte device
and we bring you hundreds of great products from leading UK computer and electronic
stores - at the best prices around. So whether you’re looking for a basic cheap 16gb
flash drive or a more expensive device with built in security and other features,
you’re sure to find something that appeals here.
We’ve tracked down the best prices for 16gb flash drives from leading UK electrical
and computer stores including Insight, My Memory, Dabs, Comet, PC World, Expansys,
Tesco, Argos, Amazon, Ebay, Saverstore, GameSeek, Play.com, Homebase, Mac Warehouse
and Insight. You’ll find all the top 16gb flash drive names here including Lexar,
Sandisk, Corsair, Sony, Kingston, Transcend, LaCie, Integral Crypto, Hypertec, Digittrade
We also feature an impressive range of cheap 32gb USB flash drives and even massive
Pro Duo 64gb flash drives which are capable of storing huge amounts of data. Many
are water resistant, dustproof, shockproof and tamper resistant and some come with
removable cap or retractable USB connector to protect it from damage when not connected
to another device.
A USB memory stick is ideal for transferring avi, mp4 or mpeg movies, mp3 music tracks,
software programs and many other data to your PC, Apple mac computer, laptop, netbook
and many other devices including certain ebook readers and touchscreen units such
as an Android APad or Epad. A flash drive can also be used with many midi keyboards,
midi instruments, digital audio interfaces and other music devices.
An 16gb flash drive is also great for watching a movie on your home hard drive DVD
recorder if it has a port for a usb device. This allows you to watch MP4, avi and
other format movies which you have stored on your flash drive, without the need to
burn them to a DVD first.
USB pen drives are small and lightweight, making them really easy to carry around
in your pocket or laptop case. Mini USB memory sticks are extra small in size. They
are available to buy in a range of different storage sizes including 128mb, 256mb,
520mb, 1gb, 2gb, 4gb, 8gb, 16gb, 32gb and 128gb.
It’s best to buy a drive with USB 2.0 or the new USB 3.0 capability as this operates
with a much faster data transfer rate, meaning you will be able to move data between
devices much more quickly than the original USB standard.
Some 18gb USB flash drives come with 256-bit hardware encryption to allow you to
safely protect any sensitive and confidential information on the memory stick. These
type of drives feature a keypad where you can set a 4 to 10 digit secure pin number
which you tap in before using the device. The Corsair Flash Padlock USB drive is
a particularly popular secure pen drive. There is no need to install software to
use the security feature which works with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
Common uses for a 16gb Flash Drive - the ideal USB memory stick
There are dozens of great ways to use a 16gb flash drive which take the hassle out
of moving data and audio to various other devices.
The most common use of a 16gb flash drive is to transport or store all your personal
files including video, photographs and pictures in various formats including jpeg,
tiff, gif and png, documents and computer games and applications. Just plug your
flash drive into an available USB port and drag required information to the new location.
USB flash drives are widely used in the computer repair trade for transferring antivirus
and recovery software to Pcs which have been infected with viruses, spyware or other
A 16gb flash drive which has the U3 functionality can have many Windows applications
installed on it which can be run on a computer when the flash drive is connected
to it, without the need to install the programs on the PC itself.
Many people use USB flash drives these day as MP3 audio players - a decent one will
include a earphones jack socket and an LCD for browsing and selecting albums and
tracks. Some even have a rechargeable battery and input jack. Winamp Portable Edition
is often installed on USB flash drives for organised a music collection.
A flash drive can be used as a portable music or movie library and can be connected
to a home or car stereo or video unit that has a USB port. If you need a far larger
storage capacity you may need to consider buying yourself something like a 2TB external
hard drive, although these devices are much larger and nowhere near as portable as
a USB pen drive.
A 16gb flash drive is easily capable of running an alternate operating system such
as Ubuntu and Puppy Linux.
There are many business people who use a flash drive for marketing and promoting
their products - for example a memory stick can be used for presenting Powerpoint
shows or PDF documents of products and services.
How a 16gb Flash Drive works for all your storage needs
A 16gb flash drive is a slick and robust piece of hardware and there is nothing inside
it which moves mechanically. It consists of a very small printed circuit board, comprising
a USB connector and various circuit elements. This board is contained within a metal,
plastic or rubber outer casing.
A USB flash drive will draw its power from a computer via an external USB connection.
All the data which is stored on a 16gb flash drive is unsusceptible to dust or scratches
and the sturdy nature of a flash drive makes it a highly rated method of transporting
date from location to location.
Most USB flash drives are formatted with the industry-standard FAT32 file system.
Flash memory enables data to be written and rewritten to the pen drive many times