What is the difference between an external hard drive and a thumb drive?

by on November 12, 2010

Q: What is the difference between an external hard drive and a thumb drive?


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    An external hard drive has an actual hard drive in the enclosure. There are disks spinning at high rpm’s and heads writing data to the disks. External Hard drives tend to be larger than a thumb drive.

    A thumb drive is usually pretty small in size (about the size of one of your car keys) It stores all of the data in what is called “Flash Memory”. This memory has no moving parts and uses very little power consumption. The device is also very portable compared to the external hard drive as it can fit in your pocket or on your Key chain ring.

    Both of these drives now adays mostly work off of USB and are easily installable on most windows XP, Vista, Windows7, and Mac Operating Systems.

    If you have any other questions please let me know.
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