I want to make sure that I don't do anything to significantly decrease the life of the pen drive. I hear that flash memory has a limit to the number of writes before it gets 'worn out'.
My question is:
Does this apply to reads as well? Should I be using the flash drive to play my music directly off of, or should I copy it to the hard drive first? (note - this is a fast flash drive that doesnt have problems playing music)
I have yet to see a flash device die from to many read/writes. I wouldn't worry about it.
I've used my pen drive many times a day including running things from it for well over a year now and it shows no signs of giving up. My friend has had his little 64mb flash drive since 64mb drives came out