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Considerations When Buying Bulk USB Flash Drives

USB flash drives emerged in 2000 as a new breed of storage device. These drives have enjoyed popularity because of their robust build quality and wide usage application.

Flash drives have become so handy and ubiquitous that many keep them on their keychains or in their backpacks, purses and wallets.

When looking to buy individual and bulk flash drives, there are a few things worth spending time to consider so you can get the most out of your purchases.

Our guide below includes a lot more information about USB drives to help guide your purchasing decision.

What Is a USB Flash Drive?

A USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash drive is a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash memory and is small and lightweight, easily able to be attached to a keychain. Flash memory is a kind of memory storage device for computers and electronic devices. Flash memory is a kind of computer chip with no moving parts that retains its data even when powered off.

USB flash drives are also commonly known as USB drives, flash drives, USB sticks, USB thumb drives, key drives and pen drives.

USB drives are widely used for writing and transferring computer files such as documents, spreadsheets and images.

What Are USB Ports?

USB ports are the connectors used to attach USB devices to a computer. USB ports come in several shapes and sizes, you can read more here. USB-A ports are usually found on computers and are rectangular in shape, while USB-C ports are found on mobile devices such as phones, tablets, and digital cameras. Those connectors are smaller with rounded corners.

Common Uses for Flash Drives

Flash drives are commonly used to store and transport data between computers, phones, digital cameras, and other devices. Some companies and individuals use flash drives as a means to backup data on their computer.

Here are some of the most common uses for flash drives.

Digital Files

Storing digital files on a USB drive is an easy task, and as such, this is one of the most common applications. You can store a variety of files on a flash drive, such as:

  • Video files
  • Audio files
  • Images
  • Animations
  • Software

File Transfers

Need to transfer files? Flash drives make this process easy. Simply load the files you need onto a flash drive and insert into the device you want to transfer them to.

Promotional Item

Many professionals have found that promotional USB flash drives are a great way to provide exclusive content and unique, branded materials to clients and customers. Use a branded logo drive for improved visibility and recognition.

Photographers, for example, may provide a USB drive as a promotional gift to give their clients easy, secure access to their photographs, as well as bonus promotional materials to encourage loyalty.

Business Cards

A business card USB drive is a creative and productive way to share your information and demonstrate your capabilities. With a flash drive as your business card, you can provide relevant contact information on the physical drive itself and store your resume, portfolio, or other relevant materials in the drive.

Top USB Flash Drive Brands

Everything But Stromboli carries several top USB flash drive brands. Products from the top USB drive brands we carry are Kingston, PNY and SanDisk.

Everything But Stromboli sells top flash drives individually and at special wholesale prices as well as our very own branded flash drives.

By purchasing Everything But Stromboli drives, you’ll be able to save considerable amounts of money compared with buying name-brand competitors’ drives while still getting first-rate drives.

Difference Between Flash Drive and Thumb Drive

Flash drives or thumb drives? Both of these terms have taken off in popularity, and some manufacturers choose to market their products as flash drives whereas others prefer thumb drives. The same is true when people talk about their USB drives, with some favoring the term flash drive and others, thumb drive.

When it comes to flash drives vs. thumb drives, the truth is these compact USB drives are one in the same.

If you’re looking for thumb drives and stumbled on articles about or sales pages for flash drives, you can feel confident that you’re reading about or purchasing the same kind of USB drive.

What is a Jump Drive?

There is another name that USB flash drives are often called and that is jump drives. Jump drives get their name from a feature found on some models that allow users to quickly save all of the open files on their computer before shutting it down, thus avoiding any loss of data.

Jump drive is really just another term for USB flash drive, but some people might prefer to use it if they often utilize the aforementioned feature.

Common USB Flash Drive Sizes

While browsing flash drives, you’ll want to make sure you consider the memory capacities for USB drives. A variety of sizes are available.

Do you intend to use your drives for copying and transferring large files such as videos or smaller files such as documents and images? The answer to this question will help you determine the memory storage capacity you’ll need in a flash drive.

Everything But Stromboli stocks the most common USB drive sizes for bulk USB drives: 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB flash drives. We also stock larger drives, offering 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB of storage capacity.

Everything But Stromboli no longer stocks the following drive sizes: 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB. We carry everything from 1GB and up. Because technology has evolved, pricing on larger drive sizes has decreased, making these larger sizes the market’s bestsellers.

Also explore our USB 2.0 drives and USB 3.0 drives.

Wholesale USB Flash Drives

With wholesale USB flash drives, the larger the order, the cheaper the price. Bulk USB drives cost less per drive, making this the most affordable approach to buying.

Many companies choose to purchase wholesale flash drives for use by their employees or as promotional giveaways to clients or prospective clients. Wholesale flash drives are purchased for distribution at large events such as seminars and conferences.

Wholesale USB flash drives are sometimes loaded with content such as videos, audio tracks, images, PDFs and other virtual gifts. Companies utilize customizable wholesale drives to make an impact, creating a personalized experience for those receiving the drives.

Other use cases involve digital photographers, who often store digital images on bulk USB flash drives that were or weren’t printed for clients.

How Can Personalized Flash Drives Help Your Business?

The great thing about custom flash drives is that they can be used in a variety of ways to promote your business. You can read more here.

Not only are custom USB flash drives affordable, but they are also a great way to promote your brand or product.

Here are some potential uses of custom USB drives:

  • As a giveaway at trade shows and other events
  • Included in a customer’s purchase as a thank you
  • Mailed to customers as a promotional piece
  • Given to employees as a way to increase productivity
  • Used as part of a social media campaign

When it comes to custom flash drives, the sky’s the limit. You can choose to have your company’s logo or product featured on the drive, or you can go one step further and create a custom design that will really make your drives stand out.

How Can I Personalize USB Drives?

Everything But Stromboli offers a variety of ways to personalize your custom USB flash drive.

You can choose to have your company’s logo or product featured on a custom flash drive, or you can go one step further and create a unique design that will really make your custom USB drives stand out.

Where Can I Buy Bulk USB Flash Drives?

You can buy bulk USB flash drives from Everything But Stromboli. You’ll stand to save big when purchasing bulk drives directly from us. Our drives are high-quality and ultra-affordable products, especially if you’re looking for cheap wholesale USB drives.

By purchasing Everything But Stromboli-branded flash drives and seeing the quality and value you receive, we’d like to think our branded products and company name will become a point of trust for you and your company!

Consider these key factors when exploring where to buy bulk flash drives:

  • Are you looking for a specific branded flash drive?
  • What USB flash drive size do you want?
  • How many USB flash drives do you want to purchase?

These are the three main factors to consider when placing an order for bulk USB flash drives. Keep in mind that your decision shouldn’t be driven solely by finding the cheapest drives but finding the drives that best suit your needs.

Everything But Stromboli ships to the entirety of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as throughout Canada. Email or call us for quotes on shipping estimates to other countries around the world.