Recently my 2.5 4gb yo Sandisk Cruiser Micro lost its data, and in the process several dozen of my passwords and apps. This occurred when the USB port I plugged into had power illuminating/powering the drive, I had to wiggle it before it worked. Afterwords, it reported needing to be formatted by Windows XP pro.
This is the second time its happened on two different machines. As computers age, this will only become more common.
Thus I am wondering: are certain USB drives more reliable against problems like erratic USB ports? Do they make drives with power safety mechanisms against shorts or static?
I really don't need water or physical shock resistance - my drive will likely never see this type of abuse.
What I actually mean is: I can't answer the question that you asked, but if you do backups of important data you will not be seriously harmed by the loss of a particular piece of media. Piece of medium?
Actually, flash memory drives will survive being washed and run over by a car much better than they will from a static shock. No drives offer electrical damage protection, but if you repair the drive, your data is probably safe on the chips.