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Introduction to Bootable Flash Drives

Bootable drives are an often overlooked use for USB drives. Part one of our bootable series will look into the uses and the history of bootable drives, including a brief explanation on the underlying technology, history of Linux LiveCDs, OS install disks and repair toolkits.

Exploring Custom Shaped Flash Drives: A Look Inside the Process

Have you ever wondered how custom shaped flash drives are created? Of course, we would love to say that all you have to do is send us a design and we use our magical flash drive powers to make it appear, but that only happens in fairy tales. In reality, there is actually a lot of important steps that take place before your custom shaped flash drives arrive at your door. That's why we are sharing a detailed look into the creation of custom shaped flash drives.

10 Years of Open Source at USB Memory Direct

Today marks our ten year anniversary of using Open Source software. We have learned so many things about Open Source throughout the years, most significant of all is how important it has been to the success of our business. Without our accidental discovery of Ubuntu a decade ago and our brazen disregard for industry IT norms we might not be the company we are now.

The Rising Cost of Tiny Flash Drives

Most people look at flash drives as simple little electronics products. In reality Flash drives are a commodity much like wheat, gold, and gasoline. Like those things USB flash drives are not exempt from the volatile world of supply and demand. As the global stock of flash drives dwindles so the cost of those flash drives rises. However, it is not exactly true to call a "USB Flash Drive" a commodity. The flash drive itself isn't the commodity, but what they are made of is. So what exactly is inside a flash drive?