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Flash Drive Sizes - How Big Should I Buy?

Ryan Stutzman - Monday, June 17, 2013
Flash Drive Size Matters

In case you hadn't noticed, the price of USB flash drives is pretty much in a continual free fall. 

Today you can get a 32GB flash flash for about the same price of a 4GB flash drive just 6 years ago. 

There are two main reasons for this steady price drop:

1. Moore's Law, which implies the price of the same size flash drive will drop by 50% every two years.

So an 8GB flash drive that costs $8 today should only cost $6 next year, $4 the year after that, and so on. 

2. Over supply of flash drive manufacturers.

There are hundreds if not thousands of companies in China making flash drives. All that competition keeps prices just above the cost of parts and labor needed to make them. 

So flash drive prices are always getting better. That's great, right? 

For the most part, yes. But the one catch is that you will always be able to get a much better deal next year. 

The solution? Buy a flash drive that is just as big as you actually need it to be.

If all you have is a few gigabytes of work documents and photos on your flash drive, then it probably doesn't make sense to spend $200 on a 128GB flash drive. Especially when it will be a lot cheaper next year!

Besides, since flash drives can easily become damaged or lost, they are much better for transferring files from one place to another than as a primary storage device. 

If you do insist on using your flash drive as a primary storage device, you may find yourself in need of flash drive recovery, in which case the Flash Drive Pros are always happy to help. Trouble can also be avoided by using flash drive backup software

So how big is your flash drive and what do you use it for? 

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