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Old 05-23-2013, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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Don't really need that much. 500 GB will probably do me just fine. Maybe 1 TB.
I don't understand what USB 2.0, USB 3.0 mean.

QUOTE FROM CNET: "In my testing, the Backup Plus offered very fast performance, both with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. The drive is bus-powered and comes in many different colors. It's also slightly more compact than the GoFlex drives."
All the good deals seem to be on larger drives this week.

TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 2TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC120XK3J1 - Newegg.com
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Flash drives have a limited number of reads/writes, so I've been told. I've had a few fail, so I don't use them for permanent storage.
I'd never heard this, how would I find out the info. (limitations as to how many uses) for my flash drives ?
I try to backup often, so as to be responsible about maintaining my data.
Am I using up some capacity for writing/rewriting in doing this often ? Eeek !
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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I'd never heard this, how would I find out the info. (limitations as to how many uses) for my flash drives ?
I try to backup often, so as to be responsible about maintaining my data.
Am I using up some capacity for writing/rewriting in doing this often ? Eeek !
Any item of this type has a "life". The length of that life can be any where from 10 seconds (failed in Quality Control at the factory) or 20 years. When it will fail is unknown. The fact that it will fail is a certainty.

To be safe use two drives and replace them every couple of years. They are cheap.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I'd never heard this, how would I find out the info. (limitations as to how many uses) for my flash drives ?
I try to backup often, so as to be responsible about maintaining my data.
Am I using up some capacity for writing/rewriting in doing this often ? Eeek !
The Flash Drive Failure Epidemic Is Here

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8735457.htm

Write Endurance in Flash Drives: Measurements and Analysis
http://static.usenix.org/event/fast10/tech/full_papers/boboila.pdf
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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The Flash Drive Failure Epidemic Is Here

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8735457.htm

Write Endurance in Flash Drives: Measurements and Analysis
http://static.usenix.org/event/fast10/tech/full_papers/boboila.pdf
Thank you for addressing my query.
I read the first article, it was on the layperson's level so I could comprehend it.
The second link-I was hopelessly lost with the science there, way beyond my capacity to understand.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Thank you for addressing my query.
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The second link-I was hopelessly lost with the science there, way beyond my capacity to understand.
The second one is in a gov't format and says the same thing. The US gov't probably paid a few $100k as part of a research grant for it.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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Here's a different look at thumb drives. Keep in mind I'm a tech and do routine maintenance on mine. I do not recommend any one else doing what I do. That's a recipe for failure.

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So what causes flash drives to fail? Ryan suggests four main causes:

Storing a USB flash drive—or any electronic device—in your pocket makes it susceptible to moisture and corrosion, electro-static discharge and physical damage. A Windows error saying “flash drive not recognized” is a common sign of physical damage.
I have three in my pants pockets. One has been there for 5 years. It went through the washer and dryer. Works fine.

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Using a flash drive in multiple computers exposes it to problems such as virus attack, power surges, and file corruption.
That same drive, and others have been in multiple client computers at multiple sites. I scan their computer before using it and the thumb drive after.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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That same drive, and others have been in multiple client computers at multiple sites. I scan their computer before using it and the thumb drive after.
I use flash drives with a write-protect switch.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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I have three in my pants pockets. One has been there for 5 years. It went through the washer and dryer. Works fine.
Tek, what kinda detergent and machine cycle do you recommend for USB flash drives?



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