USB stick

as USB stick (English. Stick = staff or bar) one designates USB plug-in - devices, which have approximately the format of a lighter. The expression is alone colloquial and no name for a product class. Usually one understands by this expression in the German-speaking countriesUSB equipment, which serves as replaceable storage medium.

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most frequently finding USB sticks than storage media application (USB measure of STORAGE DEVICE). They are then drive assembly and storage medium in one (howa non removable disk). A more usual, more exact designation is USB memory sticks. Often one calls these devices in addition, USB MEMORY stick, which is however confusing, since under the designation MEMORY stick a patented storage medium is meant.

On a USB memory stick stored data remain years long readable after manufacturer data up to 10. The data are stored electronically on a Flash memory.

Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP recognize USB memory sticks (contrary to earlier versions like 95 or 98) without external drivers. Newer Unix - systems (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Linux - distributions starting from Kernel 2.4.x), as well as ZETA exhibit likewise such a support. Before Windows USB memory sticks were already recognized automatically by the Mac under Mac OS 9,1, Mac OS 9,2 and Mac OS X.

For older Windows versions are perhaps drivers of different manufacturers available. Under Windows NT 4,0 USB memory sticks cannot be used according to standard, since NT does not exhibit official USB support in Microsoft. Assistance of a driver of Dell, which is however not bound at Dell hardware, becomes a use ofUSB memory stick also under NT 4,0 possible (FR 6 presupposed). In addition some manufacturers developed own drivers for the USB interface, which are usable with the own product however frequently only.

There are USB memory sticks for the USB 1,1 bus and for the substantially faster USB 2.0Bus. USB 2.0-fähige stick can store and pick data out with a data transmission rate of up to 480 MBit/s at a USB 2.0-Schnittstelle. USB 2.0-Speicher-Sticks are downward-compatibly to USB 1.1-Schnittstellen, accordingly the data transmission rate on 12 Mbit/s (USB 1,1) are then reduced. Storage capacities are enough from 16 MT to 64 GB (conditions April 2006). There are meanwhile also waterproof models. Occasionally programs are before-installed.

further types of device

than USB sticks are realized at present apart from mass storages the among other things also following devices:

  • Readers for memory cards. Usually the map can by a capare covered: One reaches as the same functionality as with a USB stick with own memory chip.
  • Network maps for Wireless LAN or Bluetooth
  • receiver for digital television (DVB-T - stick)
  • entrance key for the PC or application programs hardware-based
  • copy protection systems (Dongles so mentioned ) U3
  • - memory stick, the programs intended independentlyfrom the installed operating system of USB stick to start external
  • sound maps [
to work on] can


LAKS Memory 64 MB
combinations LAKS MEMORY 64
MT USB audio Player at

the Notebook some USB sticks several functions in one. In addition, often the basic function of the mass storages is, it gives oneself for example USB sticks, within oneClock or Swiss a Taschenmessers finds or sticks with inserted MP3 - Player, dictating machine, radio or digital camera.

A unique range of application found the Punkband Wizo, which published its stick EP exclusively on a USB stick.

see also

U3 (software standard), to stick commodity

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