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Lexar USB Flash Drives
Keep all your important files within quick reach by storing them on Lexar flash drives. Also known as a memory stick, a flash drive is a handy storage device that is small enough to pocket or keep on a keychain. It connects to a computer via USB and can carry documents, photos, music, videos, and other types of digital files. Staples has a large inventory of these ultraportable USB drives from Lexar and other leading computer accessory brands.
Choose Between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Lexar Flash Drives Lexar offers both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 thumb drives. The major difference between these two types of memory sticks is file transfer speed. USB 3.0 drives are faster and can write data at speeds up to 400MB per second. USB 2.0 drives have a maximum transfer speed of 35MB per second. Get a USB 3.0 drive if you copy large files or use a memory stick multiple times every day. A USB 2.0 drive will do if you only want a portable storage device for small files or occasional use. USB 3.0 sticks are backward compatible and work well with USB 2.0 ports. To enjoy fast transfer rates from these drives, your computer must also have a USB 3.0 port.
Consider Capacity and Design When Shopping for Jump Drives Choose a flash drive that offers enough storage to hold the files you want to carry around. Lexar jump drives have storage capacities ranging from 8GB to 256GB. You should get a low-capacity drive if you only need a portable storage device for documents and photos. Look for a memory stick with 32GB or more storage if you regularly transfer videos and other heavy files. Design and durability are other key factors to consider when comparing thumb drives. Sticks with metal and hard plastic housings are durable. If you want to keep dust from getting inside the connector on your flash drive, get one with a protective cap or a design that hides the connector when it's not in use.
Are USB-C Flash Drives Faster than USB 3.0 Sticks? Not all USB-C thumb drives are faster than regular USB 3.0 ones. Those that support USB 3.1 are twice as fast but a USB-C stick can also support the USB 3.0 standard. The main advantage of a USB-C drive is its reversible connector. Unlike regular memory sticks, you do not have to bother about the orientation of its connector when plugging the drive into the USB port on your computer or mobile device.
Can You Connect a Lexar Jump Drive to Your Smartphone? Yes, but only if you get a Lexar stick with the right connector. To connect a flash drive to most smartphones and tablets, it must have a micro-USB connector. Lexar makes dual connector memory sticks with full-sized USB and micro-USB connectors. If your mobile device has a USB-C port, get a thumb drive that works with both USB Type-C and Type-A connectors.
Do You Need Separate Thumb Drives for Windows and Mac Computers? No. Since USB is a universal standard, memory sticks are compatible with all the major desktop operating systems. You can use the same flash drive on PC and Mac computers.