Why USB Flash Drives fail

By · Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Why USB Flash Drives failUSB flash drives like all other forms of technology can fail from time to time and with the increase in consumer products using flash memory, it is no wonder that more and more people are experiencing devices failing on them.

All devices that are able to store information such as USB flash drives, for example, use NAND flash memory. All NAND memory is manufactured in China and comes in a wide variety of capacities, sizes, and styles. But despite the usefulness of this handy memory, it is not fail proof.

There are literally hundreds of reasons why a USB drive can fail and while some can’t be avoided, there are some situations where USB failure can be avoided. Below are some common reasons and explanations why USB drives can fail.

One reason why a USB flash drive can fail is due to manufacture defect. All flash memory is made in China and to keep costs down for themselves as well as the market, the manufactures are constantly trying to find ways to cut costs. These cuts can sometimes mean that the quality of a USB can go down; making it much more likely to fail or break.

Manufactures also have the habit of putting new technology with old technology. This can cause some problems internally and make the memory fail as well. It could be that the new technology is too advanced for the old, or simply may not be fully compatible. The other problem with old technology is that it is, well old. There is no telling how long a component has been sitting in a warehouse or under what conditions.

Another problem as to why USB drives fail, and probably the most common reason why, is improper handling. It is amazing to realize that the most common reason USB drives fail is because of the way you insert or take the drive out of a USB port. Taking a USB drive out of a computer while it is in the process of copying could permanently damage the drive. Not to mention disconnecting a drive while copying could seriously damage your computer system as well.

Of course those aren’t the only user related damage that can occur. Simply hitting the USB drive to hard while it is plugged into a computer can damage components and in severe cases, break the entire USB drive and computer USB port. This if are more common than you might think and can result in loss data, unusable information, etc.

If you use a USB drive to back up your information, then you are definitely heading the right direction to keep your information safe from being deleted, but USB drives just like backup hard drives or CDs/DVDs do fail. It would be a wise decision to not only keep your information up to date on your backup device, but to also keep your backup device up to date. Can you really put a price on all the information, pictures, movies, and other personal files you have backed up?

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