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USB _________ (fill in the blank)

USB devices   91 members have voted

  1. 1. What do you call them?

    • (USB) Flash drive
      47
    • (USB) Pen drive
      11
    • USB-key
      10
    • (USB) flash key
      2
    • Something else (specify)
      21

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I either call it a USB Key or a USB Drive. When I got to the company I work at now, everyone called it a "Dongle" even my many failed attempts to inform them that they are not connecting them to PCMCIA Cards.

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^ They're not entirely wrong. A dongle, although strictly speaking refers to a hardware device used for software protection, can be connected to any I/O port (serial, parallel, USB) depending on the type. USB dongles are gradually replacing the older types. There are also programs that convert regular usb flash drives into dongles.

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I call it my bluedisk, because it (my first) is blue. I even have a subdirectory on d: named bluedisk. My new black one (disk/MP3 player) I call my bluedisk, the black one. :D

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i usually call it a jumpdrive even though its a cruzer micro and not a lexar :lol: i guess after having my jumpdrive secure the name just stuck in my mind. when people are like "what??" i call it a flash drive

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Good grief. Yea... erm... all of the above and more, depending on who I'm talking to.

At the school where I worked when these things started to become available (and we where weaning people off floppies, as drive maintenance is an arse) my device (that I used as exemplar) was on a key chain... but my keys quickly broke it. The teachers typically had Memory fobs on a lanyard around their neck. The pupils often had pens, which act as a pen in lessons and pull out the memory device in CS/IT classes. I also advised them that many MP3 players could be purchased cheaply and could double for transferring homework... which is a good ploy because it is beneficial both to kids and parents. ;)

Myself, personally, I think the kind of storage mechanism is not relevant to the user. I remember people still referring to the Hard Disk Drive as Winchester drives, "the Stack" (which, as a low level programmer I found really annoying) or "the Platter" or "Rigid Disk" (as oppose to the floppy disk) long into the early 90's.

Whether it is a "Hard Disk" or a "Hard Drive" or even (occasionally) "Fixed Disk" is still debatable, and users often get confused between a "Partition" or "Volume" and a "Disk" or "Drive". And understandably so, as very few OS differentiate the two visibly.

I think "USB Memory Stick" is what my mind internally calls them, but I'm very aware that they would be more practical on IEEE 1394 (Firewire), and are available (but less popular) with that connection. Some work on magnetic storage and are still tiny, and connect to USB, some work with battery backed memory. Memory Stick is, I grant confusing, but so is card, as there are "cards" for internal memory upgrade when the motherboard won't support more RAM. So I qualify with "USB", then I know what I'm talking about... which is always a good thing. :D

Perhaps all that is really relevant to the use, is whether it is a "Fixed", "Removable" or "Network" storage device? I like the underutilized term "volume" as this is book knowledge sensible, but since it referrers to a partition of a data device, it can lead to confusion when there may be only one volume to a device, or several... or with RAIDs several devices to a volume. But books are the same, one or many books to a story or collection or many stories collected in a single volume or tome.

"Disk" certainly only applies to devices whose physical storage medium is a spun platter like an LP record / Laser Disc / CD / DVD / BRD / HD-DVD / Hard or Floppy Disk / MO Disk etc. not to static or battery backed memory devices. And a "Drive" requires a motor to move the medium under the read head, or the head over the medium, which still applies to all the

Disks but would also cover Tape drives / Punch Cards / Punch Tape / DATs etc. (DAT Tape, or MD Disk are also annoying as the acronym already contains the post qualifying word "Tape" or "Disk")

It doesn't matter what your OS says it is, most are frequently either inaccurate or just down right WRONG! But we can blame the classic Mac "RAM Disk" for that.

The more we virtualize these things for reasons of backward computability (applying a format and number of heads, cylinders and sectors to a memory chip :blink:) the more confused the OS is going to be, about how to explain what it sees to the user in real-world terms. A classic example was the Windows 95 installer asking the user to insert the install CD in drive A: and click "OK" to continue. :blink: Is it any wonder we get confused?

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USB-key is sort of weird

I just call it thumbdrive, occasionally pendrive.

Most of us here in Malaysia called it thumbdrive

My teacher just called it Kingston... She got a Kingston...

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USB stick is what I call it. But sometimes I say USB key or flash drive or just USB. Its just whatever comes to mind quickly. I don't know why calling them just "USB" is so bad. Most people understand what you are saying if you were to say "its on my USB", or "my USB is 2GB", so why say more? It is the most common USB device people seem to talk about anyway.

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i like th following USB gadgets

USB-Flash Drive

USB-Pendrive

U-Universal

S-Serial

B-Bus

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In another forum saying in my own language, everyone there simply calls it USB! Yeah, USB only! And we all know what we are talking about. I'll choose to call it "pen drive" if I have to talk about it here.

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USB, USB stick, or USB little key (word-to-word translation). Sometimes I just call it the "thingy".

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Does it really matter what you want to call it? You could call it a popcicle if you want, but when you go to buy one, you'd better know what the manufacturer and the dealer calls it, or you may not get what you want.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=379&SRCCODE=WEBGOOFLASH&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE

Apparently, "Memory Stick" is what they call those little flat dohickies that you plug into your digital camera.

I see them all the time in the stores, on the sales racks, and every one of them has "Flash Drive" plainly printed on the package.

So is there really any argument about what to call them? I'd think NOT!

B)

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I agree "USB flash drive" is probably the best option.

But I think "USB pen drive", or even just "pendrive" has become vernacular already. My 2 ¢ only, of course.

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I ussually call the small USB mass storage device a thumb drive. Any hard drives that plug into a USB port is a USB hard drive.

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