What precisely is flash storage?

Whether we realize it or not, many of us use flash storage frequently. Flash memory is built into many gadgets that some of us use daily such as MP3 players, laptops and mobile phones.

What is flash storage?

Flash storage devices make it quite simple to store data and transport it from one machine to another. Flash memory qualifies as a solid storage device, meaning it is electronic, not mechanical like data CDs.

Other typical features of flash storage are:

  • A non-volatile storage chip, meaning it doesn’t need a constant flow of power to maintain the information stored in the chip
  • There are no moving parts
  • Allows for easy electronic storage
  • Data can be easily erased and the device can be reprogrammed
  • Allows for quick access to data
  • Extreme durability, especially when coming in the form of a memory card

Flash storage is so popular because of the convenience of all of these features. This type of storage is particularly convenient for mobile devices such as cell phones and MP3 players, since it is so durable. Most MP3 players and smartphones can even serve as external hard drives just by plugging them into a computer.

For more information on flash storage and how it works, check out this HowStuffWorks article.