Prevent a Flash Drive Crash

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We love using USB Flash Drives, they make life so easy for data storage and transport. But all good things must come to an end. How are we supposed to prevent or predict when their lifetime is over? There is no specific set of rules or guidelines to follow in order to make our flash drive last forever, but like many devices, there are small things we can habitually practice that will minimize that chances of failure. A simple step that many of us forget is ejecting the device before we physically remove it from our computer. By clicking eject before we remove the USB, it ensures that the device is in an idle state and data corruption will not occur. The flash memory is projected to complete around 100,000 write cycles before it starts to go bad. Reading data from a flash drive is not as wearing on the device as writing is. “Write protect” your flash drive to protect your data. Along with these small habits, remember not to put all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. To ultimately protect your data, store it in more than one place. There is no surefire way that a USB drive will last forever- so be prepared for anything.