From the realms of Sci-Fi, here’s some interesting technology which could replace USB drives – imagine carrying your work data, photos and media in a book or your wallet and stick it on the computer to share data.
An Indian Duo have designed a product concept called dataStickies which is a cross between PostIt Notes and a USB drive. Of course, you can’t go online and buy these yet, they’re still in the concept stages. That didn’t stop the folks behind this, Aditi Singh and Parag Anand, from winning awards for it already.
The dataStickies themselves are will be made of Graphene, new material made of carbon atoms. A thin sheet of Graphene could carry a large volume of data which makes it a possibility to make thin layers of storage for the DataStickies. dataStickies will come in storage spaces ranging from 4GB to 32GB. Of course, if you need more storage, the creators mention the use of a multi-use conductive adhesive for these which allow users to stack up multiple units to increase the storage capacity.
Instead of plugging these into a USB slot, the dataStickies just need to be stuck on a unit called the ODTS (Optical Data Transfer Surfaces), which can be placed in front of a computer or a TV screen. These sticky data units transfer information to a computer via the proprietary ODTS interface. Once done, take it back and store in a box, or stick it on your phone or anywhere convenient.
I can already see potential uses for technology like this – textbooks can be augmented extra content on dataStickies or we could be seeing an advertiser send out augmented content in physical mailers. Better yet, make business cards which have printed contact details on the outside and additional marketing or introductory material when slapped onto your computer or laptop’s screen.
Now since Graphene is a new technology, it could take some time to commercialise this product, with having to source mass-produced Graphene, to engineering and designing the rest of the product to work and at the same time be affordable. I’m for one rooting for Aditi and Parag to get dataStickies out in the market as soon as they can.
There are flash drives and there’s the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo. With the usual flash drives in the market, you can use it back up or transfer data between your PCs and Laptops.
Transferring data between your phones or tablets and laptops generally mean hooking them up via cable. Kingston wants to ease this for you – via the DataTraveler microDuo flash drive. Instead of having only one standard USB interface, this little wonder comes with a micro-USB one as well.
This means that if you have a USB-OTG (USB on the Go) phone or tablet, you can hook up this drive to your device and access your files, music or media from the flash drive. This is the perfect solution to my media problems when I have to travel. I don’t have to fill up my phone’s internal memory with my movie and music collection. Instead I just need to fill the microDuo with all my stuff and plug it into the phone when I need it. Another upside is that I no longer need to get the higher capacity model and save there.
- 2-in-1 connectivity: microUSB and USB 2.0 connectors for easy transfer of files between smart phones, tablets, and computers
- Available Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 27.63mm x 16.46mm x 8.56mm
- Warranty &support: 5-year warranty with free technical support
- Pricing: Rs. 1200 for the 16gb and Rs 2200 for the 32gb drive.
You can find out more about this from Kingston’s site.
There comes a time when adding additional RAM on your PC or laptop doesn’t get you any further speed improvement. Even putting a faster processor in there won’t help much if the games or applications you use do a lot of reading from the disk drive. The only way to speed that up is to put in a faster drive. How do you get faster Hard drive (hint: the Kingston SSD Now UV100)? Well these days you go out and pick up a SSD (Solid State Drive) replacement for your hard disk. Just running your system off a SSD gives you blazing fast performance, since the system can load data faster from these drives compared to regular drives.
Of course, SSD technology is still much costlier than the regular drives, so our tip for you is to install the SSD drive as your primary drive where you load your system’s Operating system and applications, and have a secondary drive of higher capacity to store your less frequently used data like your movies, music and data.
Getting an SSD drive used to be quite costly affair till now. The super affordable Kingston SSD Now UV100 drives were launched recently here in India. The Kingston SSD Now UV100 range of drives start at around Rs. 5000 and have are available in two capacities – 60GB and 120GB. Here are some quick specs of the product:
- Form factor: 2.5″
- Weight: 77.5g
- Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
- Capacities2: 60GB, 120GB
- Sequential Read/Write3: SATA Rev. 3.0 – up to: 425/ 425MB/s
- Maximum 4k Read/Write3:
- 60GB – up to 65,000/26,000 IOPS
- 120GB – up to 50,000/50,000 IOPS
- Random 4k Read/Write3:
- 60GB – up to: 45,000/7,500 IOPS
- 120GB – up to: 37,000/14,000 IOPS
- PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score: 55,000
- Power consumption:
- 0.08 W Idle / 0.108 W Avg. / 1.025 W (MAX) Read / 2.8 W (MAX) Write
- Dimensions: 100.3mm x 69.9mm x 7mm
- MTBF: 1 million hours
- Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
For more information about the Kingston SSD Now UV100 head over to this link – kingston.com/en/ssd/v
SD cards and USB drives are an easy way to transfer data from one electronic device to another device. You can easily transfer photos stored on SD card by inserting the card into the card reader slot on your laptop; it’s all just plug and play. Small storage devices are available at really low prices. Although there are plenty of tools to recover data from computer drives, there are fewer tools to recover data from small storage devices.
Data recovery from SD cards and USB sticks poses higher challenges than data recovery from computer’s hard disk. As there is the probability of losing the information by accidental deletion of data, it is required to possess data recovery tools to recover valuable information. With the available tools, you can perform data recovery activities very easily on your own computer. The SD card storage system gives you an opportunity to retain the data even though you had given a single delete command. Physically, you will not be able to see those deleted files, but they will not be lost completely from the sectors as long as the data is not overwritten or the card is formatted. This gives ample room for data recovery tools to effectively recover data from your SD card and Pen Drives.
Wondershare Photo Recovery really is a wonderful software to recover data from SD cards. It is available for Mac and Windows-based computers. Depending on the version chosen, you will be able to recover photos, videos, audio files, document files, emails, etc. The procedure is very simple:
- Install the software on your computer
- Insert the card into the drive
- Scan the card and you will be able to find the available files
The software can effectively deal with virus affected cards, accidental data deletion, corrupt card and many other malfunctions. Again, do note that overwriting or formatting the card will completely destroy the data that you wanted to recover.
PhotoRec is a versatile tool that can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux-based systems. The greatest advantage with PhotoRec is that even though it is titled in lines of photo recovery, the tool can recover almost any kind of data and from any kind of device. When you install the software and open the interface, the device will list all the memory devices and you can select the device from where the data has to be recovered. You can select the location where the recovered data have to be stored. The rest of the process is done automatically. Even though the software is available free of cost, the greatest disadvantage is with its text-based interface. However, with its powerful and versatile usage, advanced users can easily utilize the software to get the maximum benefit out of it.
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