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Flash Memory, External Hard Drives Becoming Popular Peripherals

December 6, 2010 by Winston Comments Off on Flash Memory, External Hard Drives Becoming Popular Peripherals divider image

Some of the hottest computer peripherals being sold right now are secondary forms of storage media. Most specifically, flash memory and external hard drives are being sold for reduced prices and to many customers.

The versatility of external storage is a multi-faceted concept, with flash memory being plugged into a variety of different devices, such as cameras, portable video game devices such as the PSP, and even cellular phones and the occasional MP3 player.

Flash memory cards are small memory cards that are similar in size to a postage stamp. These minute memory devices can hold as low as 8 megabytes and as much as 128 gigabytes of memory in some cases.

The most common size of flash memory card are the 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB options. These cards can range from $20 to $100, and more in some cases. The Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card and the Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Cards are amongst the most popular. Prices range from $6.99 to $24.49 on these devices. Sony and Kingston Technology cards are also of enormous popularity.

For those who store large quantities of media on their computer, external hard drives are becoming the best way to do so. External hard drives make it easy to add a large amount of storage capacity without ever opening a computer tower and as easily as putting a plug in a computer.

External hard drives are becoming less expensive, but also larger in terms of capacity. Terabytes worth of data can be added to a computer for as little as $99, with smaller models costing even less. The Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB external hard drive is available for under $150, and greatly expands the amount of storage space that may be added to a computer. For a more portable solution, Western Digital has also introduced the My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB hard drive for under $200.

The holiday season is set to culminate in just over two weeks, so those who wish to gift these excellent computer peripherals should do so prior to the last week before Christmas.

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