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USB Flash Memory Question

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August 11, 2005 12:21:54 PM

Just bought a 1 gig USB pen drive off newegg...

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)
August 11, 2005 11:42:09 PM

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 :) 

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August 19, 2005 2:06:19 PM

I never hear of the issue either. I have an 128MB flash drive for about two years. I use it days and never have a issue with it.
October 8, 2005 12:53:45 PM

you should be fine, probely just a gimmick they have so you can talk yourself into buying newer stuff in a year. lol your probley good to good for years to come.

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