15 Ways Why Flash Drive is a Better Recordable Media Device than Blu-Ray

Flash drives (also known as memory stick, pen drive and thumb drive) have come a long way since their announcement in September 2000 by IBM and development of the first thumb drive by Phison CEO and co-founder Pua Khein-Seng. They have nearly replaced Blu Ray optical disks for data storage purposes. The rapid and widespread adoption of flash drives is based on certain solid advantages and here are 15 such advantages why a flash drive is a better recordable device than Blu-Ray.


  1. Large Data Storage Capacity- The storage capacity of flash drives has steadily increased since its inception with capacities ranging from 8 GB to 2TB. Increased storage capacities now allow flash drives to store data intensive media such as 4K movies.


  2.  Virtually Unlimited Write/Rewrite Cycles- The data on flash drives can be written and rewritten 10,000 to 5 million times.


  3. No Moving Parts- Flash drives are small yet capacious portable devices and do not have any moving parts unlike an optical drive or conventional hard drive. Less moving parts means less chances of failure or damage.   


  4. Long Lasting- Flash drives last approximately 2 to 20 years, longer than the average Blu-Ray disc as the lifespan depends significantly on the number of writes and rewrites.


  5. USB Flash Drives Weigh Less- Most USB flash drives weigh less than 30g (1 ounce) as compared to Blu-Ray disks that are heavier at 5 ounces (141.74 gms).


  6.  Less Power- Flash drives are more energy efficient than Blu-Ray discs and consume less power per unit of data storage.


  7. Cheaper to Store Data- With constantly decreasing storage costs, flash drives are challenging Blu-Ray’s cost advantage per GB of data stored.


  8. No Need for Dedicated Optical Drive- Flash drives do not need an optical drive, a requirement for data to be written and media to be read off a Blue-Ray disc.


  9. High quality data storage and long-term retrieval- Flash drive technology has rapidly matured and allows for high-quality data storage such as high-definition video segments, comparing well with Blu-ray discs.


  10. Scratch Resistant- Flash drives, encased in a tough outer casing are more scratch resistant than Blu-rays where one still has to hold the latter by the edges and not touch the center of the disc.


  11. Dust Resistant- Flash drives are also more dust resistant than Blu-rays given the simple, yet effective design of their memory chips encased in a hard plastic or other tough outer casing.


  12. Less Onerous Storage Requirements- Flash drives can retain data well at average room temperatures for extended periods of time. Blu-rays need to be stored in a dark, cool and dry place to optimize life.


  13. Portable- It’s much easier to move flash drives as they are small, light-weight, already come in a protective casing and lack the large, thin circular shape of the Blu-ray that is vulnerable to breakage.


  14. Sunsetting Technology- The rise of video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime is making Blu-rays obsolete.


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