Are thumb drives still a thing?

IronWing

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I tend to stick with what works until the ports disappear but I was thinking that maybe thumb drives have run their course and that other forms of file sharing have displaced them. What sayeth the bleeding edge of technology?

<== still carries a USB to serial port dongle.
 

MrSquished

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i just have one and the only thing it's used for is to update the bios on my mobo
 

lxskllr

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I don't use them much anymore, unless you count my phone as a thumb drive(I do), but I keep a disassembled(for small size) drive in my wallet with Lubuntu, and some Windows utilities. I don't use it much, but it's nice to have bootable media if it's needed.
 

Ken g6

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I carry one with encrypted backups on my keychain.
 

ImpulsE69

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I still use them regularly to transfer data between systems that cannot be on the network.
 

Anubis

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i use the basically daily

1000x faster then moving things to and from anything internet based
 

Thebobo

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They come bare like that you can use some larger diameter shrink tubing for "outside" use.
 

DaveSimmons

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I carry around a couple of the tiny connector-sized ones as off-site backup in case my apartment building burns down.

I used normal-sized ones at least once or twice a week for file copies and (less often) installing OSs.
 
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bfun_x1

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I carry one with encrypted backups on my keychain.
I keep one on my key chain too. I was thinking about putting a bootable antivirus on there for when friends and family asks me to look at their PCs.
 

Ken g6

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I used normal-sized ones at least once or twice a week for file copies and (less often) installing OSs.
Oh, yeah, I forgot, I use a 4GB drive to watch stuff I record on my computer on my TV. I tried streaming, but the stupid streaming device I use drops the connection if there's even a slight WiFi glitch.
 

Carson Dyle

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I carry one on my keychain with all of my passwords in plaintext, plus all of my best porn that I wouldn't want to be without in a pinch. Like if I'm out one night and I meet a nice lady and we go back to her place, maybe she wants to watch a bukkake video with 60 guys and one girl.

Actually, I keep a handful of smaller ones for OS installs. They're like $4 a piece now. And every once once in a blue moon I'll need to sneakernet some files between computers.
 

Crono

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Thread reminds me I need to buy flash drives in bulk. I lose and give away more than a few over time. Usually I have one for a bunch of portable apps (mostly from PortableApps), one for live linux/install, a Windows 10 install, a few with encrypted cold storage wallets, one for document/file backup, and a few for transferring files.

I've never taken to using a flash drive on a keychain, but if anyone knows of a really nice USB 3.0/3.1 one that's nigh indestructible (the metal encased ones are decent otherwise) with 64GB+ let me know.
 

snoopy7548

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Hell yeah flash drives are still a thing! I have one on my keychain with my Keepass key file, and I use them all the time at work for transferring screen captures from scopes to my laptop. One of my older co-workers has a whole collection of the same exact drive for reasons I don't know; you can ask for a drive, he reaches in his pocket, and pulls out like four of them.

Crono, check out the Kingston DataTraveler. I think I bought the 8 or 16GB version SE9, but it looks like they have new SE9 G2 64GB and 128GB versions too (I think the original SE9 looks better). I've been using it for nearly a year without any problems.

https://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-Traveler-DTSE9G2-64GBET/dp/B00URLZTYO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1522888839&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=kingston+datatraveler+se8
 
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pete6032

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Flash drives for daily use have been replaced by Google drive for me. If I'm giving a presentation at a conference or to a client I will put it on a flash drive. I also use flash drives for some personal files such as resume or job search files. I generally have time drive automatically sync to my pc when I plug it in.
 

OutHouse

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I use them to install laptop images. USB sticks will be around for a long time.
 

crashtech

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Wait, so, what to use as an initial boot device, if not a USB stick? I gave up on CDs several years ago for this purpose, is there something else now?
 

Crono

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Wait, so, what to use as an initial boot device, if not a USB stick? I gave up on CDs several years ago for this purpose, is there something else now?
Well, boot over network (PXE) I guess, which I've never tried myself. But yeah, bootable USB is the defacto now for installation media.
 

TheVrolok

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Still use them regularly. One for documents, a few for repair utilities, a bootable Linux, a windows 10 installation, etc.
 

whm1974

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Why wouldn't thumb drive still be a thing? After all you'll need something to install OSes. for troubleshooting, and for transferring large amounts data/files around.
 

SamQuint

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My Mazda CX-5 has a USB port connected to the entertainment/Nav system. I have a 128 GB drive in there full of my music. But I also use them to transfer files all the time. I also like to print pictures at Costco. Fill up a thumb drive and take it to one of their photo kiosks. I use them at work quite a bit. Our company blocks all cloud storage sites for security. (thumb drives have to be encrypted here as well)
 
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