USB Flash Drives and SD cards are used all over the world. They are portable means of storing and transferring files. Although each offers different benefits, they are still considered rivals. Which one should you buy? We highlight a few differences to help you make an informed decision.
Secure Digital (SD) Card
SD cards are used in a number of devices to expand memory, store and transfer data. These devices include, but are not limited to, cell phones, digital cameras, mp3 players, gaming consoles, laptops and more. Available in standard, mini and micro sizes, they are also available with terabytes of storage space.
SD cards go inside slots or in some cases require card readers that plug into different devices. These are plug and play devices that typically don’t require installation of supporting software. Although SD cards can be used to transfer data, frequent connecting and detachment can damage the connectors. Also since these are very small, there is always the risk of losing them.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Flash Drive
USB flash drives or sticks are devices that come with USB connectors and fit in USB ports. They offer high compatibility and are supported by a range of operating systems. Too like SD cards these are plug and play devices. Nowadays, USB Flash Drives are available with Tera bytes of space. A newly technology USB 3.0 has also been developed which allows transfer of data at a speed ten times higher than that offered by USB 2.0, its predecessor.
Data can be secured with passwords or protected with anti-virus softwares. USB flash drives come with fastenings and clips that can easily be attached to pockets, belts, or worn around the neck, thereby reducing chances of misplacing.
Which One Should You Invest In?
It depends on your use. If you are looking for a medium to easily transfer files from different types of electronic devices, go for an SD card.
However, make sure all devices have SD card slots, especially your laptop. If you are looking for a more convenient and safer option, go for USB flash storage. These devices can seamlessly work with a number of operating systems, increasing flexibility of who can use them and where.