Memory Stick is a type of electrically erasable flash memory. It is a small, portable, durable and reliable device that carries your information. You can connect it to almost every electronic equipment including computers, laptops, tablets, DVD players, television sets, among others. Memory sticks are often referred to as USB flash drives, pen drives and thumb drives.
USB 3.0 memory sticks have been recorded to transfer data at 4.8 GB/ sec which is much higher than SD memory cards that can transfer your data at 312 MB/ sec.
Contrary to hard drives that consume higher power while reading and writing with the use of magnetism, memory sticks consume very insignificant power.
Memory sticks are Plug & Play type of devices. This means that, they work on any computer as soon as they are connected to it. There is no need of downloading any driver software.
Moreover, they are multi-usable. In addition to storing user’s data, they provide additional functionality and other add-on benefits:
- Run Portable Applications: A portable application is a software designed to directly run from memory sticks. Portable applications do not require installation of any kind. They have the self-run ability and can be easily distinguishable from other applications. Memory sticks can run your portable applications such as games, Chrome & Firefox portable editions, OpenOffice Portable, VLC Media Player Portable.
- Acts As Boot Self-Bootable Media: Memory sticks can also be used as self-bootable media to load an operating system of your choice. You can try a fully-functional copy of multiple Linux distributions such as Ubuntu without installing.
- Antivirus Rescue Media: Rescue media are especially helpful to disinfect a computer infected by viruses, spyware, malware and other threats. All it takes is to download & burn Antivirus rescue media on a USB stick and boot from it.
- Backup & Restore: A memory stick can also act as a backup storage in the case of hard drive failure, laptop thefts, human errors, viruses, software crashes, and many other reasons. It delivers faster backup and restore of your important documents, photos, videos and other important stuff.
- Security/ Log-In Credentials: Windows and some third-party applications allow usage of memory sticks as a medium for two-factor authentication. This can protect your data from unauthorized people and intruders.
Interestingly, memory sticks are removable and rewritable type of device. They can be removed from one computer and connected to another. You may reuse the same device multiple times after wiping out (formatting) your data as many times as you wish.
Finding Duplicate Files And Photos On Memory Stick
Method # 1: Manual Way To Find Duplicates
Although Windows does not contain any in-house duplicate cleaner feature, File Explorer (known as Windows Explorer in earlier versions) can help you organize files in a manner to identify duplicates. This may, however, require lot of efforts on your part and there is a chance of accidental deletion of important photos.
- Click the File Explorer icon on your Taskbar.
- Press the F3 key of your keyboard to initiate Search.
- Click on the Search tab.
- Click the Kind icon, followed by the type of file you want to search for. For instance: document, e-mail, picture, movie, calendar, game, link, note, playlist or folder.
- Do you wish to limit your search for a specific range of files? If yes, customize the optional File Size Filters. Click the Size icon, and select your preferred file size/ range. For instance: large (128 MB – 1 GB), huge (1 – 4 GB), gigantic (> 4GB).
- Now, switch to the View tab, and click on the Sort By icon.
- Select the Name option in the Sort By drop-down box.
- Again, click the same Sort By icon, and select Ascending.
- Click on Group By, followed by Name.
- All your files will now be rearranged in an ascending manner so that you would be able to individually compare each file name. Normally, duplicate files will appear just below the original ones.
Method # 2: Automatic Way Of Finding Duplicates (Recommended)
Clone Files Checker software uses the MD5 Hash algorithm for 100% search accuracy. Contrary to manual scan, the results are almost instant. Moreover, you have the freedom to exclude certain sub-folders, file types and file sizes for better results.
- Download and install Clone Files Checker
- Double-click the installed file and go through the installation wizard.
- Run the program after successful completion.
- Click on the Add button, and choose the drive letter of your memory stick.
- Click OK.
- Set the Search Filters in place. (Optional)
- Use the File Type Filter if you want to search for only a specific set of files. Select the Custom option and check-up individual file types. To check for only duplicate photos, check-up the Images box.
- Use the File Size Filter and select the upper and lower search limit in MB or GB to limit scan for only a range of file size.
- Click on the Start Search button.
- Wait for the results to appear.
- Now, individually review the results and use the checkboxes to include photo files for deletion. Alternatively, use the Select Duplicates button to choose all duplicates automatically.
- Click on Select Action, and choose whether to move your duplicates to the Recycle Bin or to a new folder.