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Old 05-22-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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So im having problems with my thumb drive. Is it dying?

I copy movies to it, check later. They are not there. Sometimes it takes me 5 tries before they show up.
Delete stuff of of it and they magically appear later during the day.
Sometimes the files i copy become corrupt and i can not open them.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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Try a reformat. I've had that work and I've had it not work. It's a crap shoot.

They are cheap so it might be easier to just buy a new one.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Someone told me that they have a "shelf life" so to speak. I have a couple that I store pix etc on. Will I have to replace them even if I don't use them all the time?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Someone told me that they have a "shelf life" so to speak. I have a couple that I store pix etc on. Will I have to replace them even if I don't use them all the time?
Thumb drives are for transferring files. I wouldn’t use one as a quasi-permanent storage solution. You should get an external hard drive for that.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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That's what I thought. Thanks
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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That's what I thought. Thanks
Keeping in mind that hard drives also fail without warning. Anything of importance should exist on multiple drives.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Keeping in mind that hard drives also fail without warning. Anything of importance should exist on multiple drives.
What happened to saving data/pictures/music on CD/DVD's? I still remember saving onto floppy disks...
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:16 AM
 
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What happened to saving data/pictures/music on CD/DVD's? I still remember saving onto floppy disks...
CDs and DVDs are great if you organize your data so that no folder is bigger than a disc and have all day to feed your computer blanks. BluRay is the only optical media that's even remotely big enough to store data today but they're still super slow compared to hard drives.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:45 AM
 
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What happened to saving data/pictures/music on CD/DVD's? I still remember saving onto floppy disks...
All depends on the size of your data, if it'll fit on a couple disks (CD, DVD, DVD-DL, BR) it's fine, something like a system image won't work very well.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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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.
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