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Flash drive or memory stick?

by pupskweek / January 13, 2010 3:45 AM PST

what is the difference between a flash drive and a memory stick? I want one to do 2 things: back up my computer stuff and also use on a digital picture frame. Thanks!

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You're going want a flash drive
by Steven Haninger / January 13, 2010 6:59 AM PST

if you want to plug into a USB port. Memory sticks are generally for such as digital cameras and come in a variety of pin insertion types. These are such as CF (compact flash) If your digital frame has a USB port too, the flash drive can transfer images from your PC and you plug that into the port on the frame. I've seen the terms used interchangeably but they really don't refer to the same thing. The word "Memory Stick" is actually a Sony term. "Flash card" is the term used for others such as digital cameras use. Hope that helps. I know it can be confusing.

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Flash drive
by pupskweek / January 13, 2010 7:21 AM PST

Thanks, Steve! That's what I wanted to know--Pups

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by Steven Haninger / January 13, 2010 7:30 AM PST
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I had to look up some digital frames at Newegg. I don't have one myself and didn't know what type of memory you'd need. Most seem to take the types found in cameras such as secure digital and other types. Some will do USB but no all. So now you get to make a decision. If you have a digital camera, you probably download the pictures from that via USB cable to your PC. But, the camera has a flash card that may fit directly into many digital frames. What you'd want to consider is a USB flash card reader. These allow you to plug the flash card into the reader and the reader into a USB port on your PC so you can transfer them directly. Hope that doesn't add more to the confusion. Good luck.

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digital picture frame reader
by pupskweek / January 14, 2010 7:05 AM PST
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I thought I had already answered you but I guess it went off into cyberspace, I am really slow about computer stuff. Your second reply is very appreciated, it did kinda confuse me but after I read it again, I think I have it figured out. Thanks a lot!! Pups

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Flash drive or memory stick?
by Norm.Smith / January 15, 2010 6:01 PM PST

This is one time the computer industry does itself no credit. Memory stick is misused. all USB "sticks" are really Flash drives. They store data fr4om any give source. The data is permanently available until deleted.
A memory stick, so called, is to hold data in memory as long as there is electricity to hold it. The RAM card and the CMOS are the most common forms of memory holder. The CMOS (a file in a chip) has its own battery, and, the RAM works only while the PC is powered on.
The use of memory stick is very misleading - think Flash Drive


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Sorry but that just adds confusion
by Steven Haninger / January 15, 2010 10:12 PM PST

A memory "stick" refers to memory types that retain their contents without power applied. Perhaps you are thinking of another misuse and that is RAM memory when people refer to buying or replacing a "stick" of memory and not a "memory stick". The proper term is probably "module". Motherboard RAM does require a certain level of DC voltage to retain its contents. The term "memory stick" in the flash memory arena was coined and used by Sony to distinguish their proprietary type from others as this emerging technology was developing and competing for market share. Compact flash, secure digital and it's variants were popular in that market. These were designed for portable devices which include cameras, cell phones, PDAs, etc. These use flash "cards" and not flash drives. A USB flash drive is seen as a drive letter in a PC. A flash card adapter, either internal or external, for a PC also shows the card as a drive letter.
In any event, don't confuse a "stick of memory" with a "memory stick". The terms refer to different memory types.

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Flash drive
by pupskweek / January 16, 2010 2:52 AM PST

OK, thanks, I think I've got it. Maybe. I did look at digital picture frames and they have 2 types, one of them uses a "flash drive" which as you said to think "flash drive" must be what I want. So I'll get a flash drive. I think! No, I really believe I've got it!

Thanks a lot--Pups

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