500GB USB flash drive
We have noticed that many people found this blog by searching for 500GB USB flash drives. We wish to point out once and for all that there is no such thing.
There never has been, is not now, and never will be a USB flash drive of 500GB capacity.
The capacity sizes for different types of memory come in different units – hard drives come in units like 30GB, 40GB, 50GB, 60GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB 240GB 360GB, 500GB etc. USB flash drives do not!! If you see a USB flash drive advertised as these sorts of capacity then you can be sure you have spotted a fake.
The unit sizes for genuine USB flash drives go like this: 64mb, 128mb, 256mb, 512mb, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB – do you see the pattern? So (if and when) a genuine flash drive of around the 500GB mark comes onto the market what size will it be? Why 512GB of course! However, we think that this sort of capacity may be some way off for technical reasons.
If you bought a flash drive advertised as something outside the pattern of capacities we have indicated then we can tell you (without any doubt) that it is fake. There are no genuine USB flash drives above 64GB at present – and most sold as 16GB or over are fake capacity. We strongly advise people not to buy flash drives until they have fully reseached the subject!! You can learn a lot about what is really available by looking at the websites of companies like Kingston.
Before you buy flash drives, ask yourself this question: – “Do I really need a massive capacity?” We’d say the answer is “Probably not.”
Since this post was written the capacity of genuine USB flash drives has gone up – there is now now one USB flash drive from Kingston available in 128GB capacity and one in 256GB capacity.
Please note – there are external hard drives of 500GB which connect to a USB port – but they are not the same as flash drives – you’d look a bit silly with a 500GB external hard drive dangling from your keyring – and we don’t think you could put it in your trouser pocket – unless you have unusually large pockets!
What we are talking about here is little USB flash drives (usually no more than 65mm long, 15mm deep and 20mm wide at most) that can go in a purse, pocket etc. very easily – not hard disks, which are larger.