A flash drive is a storage device that plugs into a computer’s USB port. Often small enough to be carried in your pocket, flash drives provide convenient portable storage. Both Kingston and Sandisk manufacture several models of flash drives.
Both Sandisk and Kingston flash drives come in a variety of storage capacities. Sandisk drives start at 2 GB; the largest offered is 64 GB. Kingston's drives also begin at 2 GB; its largest is 256 GB, the most in the industry.
Price varies by model and storage capacity. Sandisk flash drives begin at £9.70 for a 2 GB model; the 64 GB model costs £180.6. Kingston’s smallest model costs £7, while the largest model is £700.0 (all prices as of 2010).
Many flash drives offer extra security in the form of password protection. Several Kingston models, including the Data Traveler 310, 200, 410 and Vault, have this feature. Sandisk offers password protection in the Extreme Contour, the Cruzer Gator, and the Ultra Backup models.
Colour and Style
Each model has a slightly different look; some models come in different colours. Kingston makes yellow, blue, red, lime, purple, black, orange and white drives. Sandisk is somewhat more limited, offering pink, red, black and silver.
Kingston offers a unique feature on the Data Traveler Vault. This model is waterproof, a feature that is not offered on any currently-manufactured Sandisk flash drive.