National Flash Drive Day

National Flash Drive Day is a holiday observed every April 5th that commemorates an ultra-portable storage device many of us use regularly. Some people use them so much that they even keep one on their keychain.

These little devices have made it easier for us to transfer files from one computer to another, safeguard a large library of music or movies, or maintain a boot drive that will help us get our computer running again if it ever crashes. Best of all, flash drives can go places that aren’t even touched by the Internet yet, so maybe this day is a holiday more of us should consider celebrating.

The History of National Flash Drive Day

National Flash Drive Day is a holiday that was created in 2018 by USB Memory Direct—a company that manufactures custom USB flash drives. They established the holiday to not only promote their products but also to highlight the significance of these drives in our modern lives.

Interesting Facts About Flash Drives

The following facts are just some of the things that we learned about flash drives while researching this holiday.

  • Flash drives are immune to electromagnetic interference.
  • The highest capacity for a USB flash drive 3.0 is 2 terabytes.
  • Windows 10 can be easily installed from a USB flash drive.
  • USB flash drives are also known as pen drives, key drives, jump drives, and memory sticks.
  • North Korean defectors have shipped several thousand USB flash drives into North Korea from South Korea.
  • The first flash drive was invented in the 1970s.

Observing National Flash Drive Day

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to learn more about flash drives and the impact they have had on our society. We also encourage people to use the hashtag #NationalFlashDriveDay to spread the word about this holiday to everyone who might not have heard about it.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 5 Friday
Next year (2025)
April 5 Saturday
Last year (2023)
April 5 Wednesday
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