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Guide to External Drives: Storing Data Safely and Securely


When it comes to storing data, external drives offer flexibility and convenience. Let's explore the options available.

USB Stick Drives

USB stick drives are the simplest and most common external drives. They are:

  • Easy to Use: Plug into the USB port of your computer.
  • Vary in Sizes: Available in different storage capacities, ranging from 64GB to larger sizes.

Secure USB Drives

For enhanced security, consider secure USB drives with:

  • Encryption: Lockable with a password or fingerprint sensor.
  • Large Storage Capacity: Up to 128GB or more.

External Hard Drives

External hard drives offer:

  • High Storage Capacity: Up to 1TB, suitable for backing up entire computers.
  • Enhanced Security: Some feature fingerprint sensors for added protection.


When choosing an external drive, consider:

  • Storage Needs: Select a size based on the amount of data you need to store.
  • Usage: Determine if you need basic storage or additional security features.

Other Options

Additional options for storing data include:

  • SD Cards: Ideal for cameras and transferring photos to computers.
  • Micro SD Cards: Compact storage solutions compatible with various devices.


External drives provide a convenient way to store and protect your data. Choose the right option based on your storage needs and security preferences.

Learning Outcomes:
  • EDSQ Unit 3 LO 9.3