Flash Media is a solid-state removable storage that utilizes a non-volatile chip to retain data. This includes Compact Flash, Smart Media, Secure Digital (SD), Multimedia Cards (MMC) and Memory Stick.

USB storage devices, often called a memory stick, thumb drive, flash drive and by many other names have become omnipresent media for everything from computer data, mp3 players and digital cameras. The small size, low price point and large amount of data you can hold, makes it an attractive choice to other media storage options.

Flash disks are solid-state devices and, therefore, have no moving parts. Plugging it into the USB drive, the flash drive is automatically identified by the computer without any need of installing additional software. With expected lifetime measured in hundreds of thousands of write-erase cycles, flash drives are likely to last up to 10 years. That’s more than twice that of a hard disk.

Flash storage uses and benefits:

Flash memory has become more widely-used than the mechanical hard drive, even though it has not replaced it as the prevalent main storage in desktops. Flash is more common in notebooks than desktops, and smart phones and MP3 players have pretty much abandoned the mechanical hard drive altogether. Flash easily beats it for both compactness and power consumption. Flash also remains the standard form of storage in digital cameras, tablets and digital camcorders.

How does flash storage work?

Most flash storage systems are comprised of a memory chip and an access flash controller. The memory chip is used to store data; the controller manages access to the storage space on the memory unit. The flash controller is often multi-channel, working with a RAM cache that uses only 10 percent of the total drive capacity. The cache buffers the data going to and from a number of chips. Buffering increases speed by reading and writing to the chips in parallel.

Issues while Using Flash Devices

  • They are often handed from one person to another viruses are easily stored and shared on a device
  • The small size makes it easier to be stolen or lost, so sensitive data may be exposed.
  • They are fragile and can easily break or malfunction


The easiest and most important thing for you to do is use the flash drive as storage backup and not your primary drive. This will allow you to have a backup system if failure occurs.

If you have deleted files that you need and was trying to find a way to recover data; there are a number of commercial products that you can use to do this.

If the device has severely damaged it may be much more difficult to do data recovery. However, a professional will best be able to provide you with the best options.

GTA Data Recovery Services

GTA provides you expertise and procedures to speed recovery times and improve recovery capabilities. We proficiently recover data from flash media devices whether they are physically damaged, unrecognized by operating systems, or un-mountable in cameras and other devices. You can trust our professionals for data recovery from a USB Flash drive, SD Card, Memory Stick, or SSD drive.

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