My experience with Flash Drive Technology as opposed to CD Storage, has drastically changed in the usage of external and internal data storage. I have struggled with several types of data conservation and storage for many years. The upgrading of this particular hardware has decidedly corrected the dilemma. While searching for the ultimate storage media for the many types of data to which I am involved, I ran across an advertisement for flash drives. Some people identify them as “jump drives.” The convenient drive(s) allows for instantaneous storage and convenience as opposed to having to burn data to a CD driven storage media device. It also allows for the saving of desktop or closet/cabinet space and fits on the end of a key chain as easily as dropping the item into a pocket of brief case. The devices have a storage capacity that exceeds many CD’s, as high as 8 to 15 Gigabytes of better. Whereas, a CD may only have a capacity of only 700 Megabytes.
My review of two articles by Don Clark “Intel Forecast Signals Strong Technology ” and Lee Gomes, “As Disk Drives Reach New Milestones, Flash Gains New Currency,” I am inclined to agree with the majority of the information therein.
The experience of Flash Drive usage lends input from this writer’s point of view. The introduction and usage of flash drives came into existence for me in 2003, while studying
computer science at the Berean Institute of Philadelphia. The experimentation and usage of these drives made for good storage media and practically wiped out our usage of floppies.
Various software applications and hardware equipment was the prime directive within the computer lab. Floppy drives were the dominant media in those days but, they just did not have the storage capacity needed for storing programs and reports. The floppy has only 1.5 megabytes of storage while the earliest flash drive media has 256 megabytes of storage. And all the while they kept getting bigger and bigger. From 256 megabytes to 512 megabytes, these drivers became the rage of our Computer Science and Business Administration, Information Technology , and Business Intelligence Communities.
Mr. Gomes was right on target with his report. These convenient and devices have continually and continue to evolve into major mass media storage. Mr. Gomes speaks of 1 gigabyte sized flash drive devices and larger in the coming years. Will the flash drive storage capacity ever reaches a limit on its storage size? I believe that I will wait and see.
The utilization of CD’s for software storage is greatly appreciated by computer users, music lovers, movie lovers, and the mass technology population. It’s capacity to store large amounts of data are a necessary media tool for computer and mainframe users.
Albeit, tape drives all the storage media of choice for many technicians. The large capacity flash drives 16 and 32 Gig’s, of which Mr. Gomes speaks, will be a much welcomed commodity. I wonder if the average PC user is in need of 100 Gig’s of storage? I’ll wait for that time to come as well. Semiconductors that are produced by the Intel Corporation and comparable companies do indeed support evidence that technology demand is broad based and accelerated, as reported by Mr. Clark. The Intel remark also supports the encouraging signs regarding the health of the computer market, including its related products.
Although this reporter’s interest in primary mainframes and its revenue are not a focal point, the market health of PC’s is. Hewlett-Packard Co.’s report its third quarter earnings rose 33% in its fiscal third-quarter, according to Don Clark also points out Dell Inc.’s subsequent jump in its profit earnings, as did Seagate Technology . Seagate Technology manufactures disk drives. Its benchmarking rival, Western Digital Corp., reported its revenue progression also, said Mr. Clark.
Don Clark stated Bill Watkins’ views of an “explosive growth in the industry over the next five years.” Apple Inc. reached its goal of i-phone sales, as reported by Mr. Clark. At Jeffries an Co., Mr. Lau, an analyst at the co., said demand is surging from the companies that purchase PCs for employees as reported Mr. Clark. He also said that growth is strongest in notebook PCs. Mr. Clark quoted Paul Bell of Dell Inc. as stating, “notebooks continue to explode as a category.” The competition between Intel and AMD is forcing both companies to step up the pace of product introductions and price reductions. This action boosts the appeal of both consumer and business companies, reported Don Clark.
This reporter goes on to state the long awaited version of the Opterion Chip line for PC and Network servers. The chip is reported to have the equivalent of four electronic brains on a single silicon piece. Don Clark continued to report Intel shares fell on the stock exchange while AMD’s shares rose.
The report(s) were very informative and enlightening. It is recommended reading for individuals with interests in computer technology .
Don Clark, Sept.11, 2007; pg. 2 – wsj.com – The Wall Street Journal Online.
Lee Gomes, Jan. 17, 2007; pg. B1 – wsj.com – The Wall Street Journal Online.