|Need a USB Flash
Flash Drive.. oh snap!
This one was caused by an excessive force against the plug. Ok
the user dropped the laptop with the flash drive plugged in. You
know, there should be a "How many times a minute this happens in the
world" statistic on this one. Flash drives are very handy and
usually built rather tough, but they require tender loving care too!
If you have a USB flash drive that is not retractable then make sure
you keep up with the cap. This protects the contacts of the drive
from getting pocket lint trapped inside and various other
environmental conditions (static, moisture, etc) that could render
one useless. Also flash drives do not like moisture or high heats.
So make sure you do take precautions not to drop it in the toilet or
leave it in the car during the summer on the dash board. Another
good tip if you wear a lanyard (geek necklace) is to make sure you
test how low it hangs, specially when washing your hands... yep it
is happened. USB Flash drives are very small to easily carry around.
Please try not to have unprotected sensitive material stored on
them. Also don't use them as your only form of storage. They are
small and easy to loose. Face it anyone can pick one up and delete
the info and use it for themselves. One most units built today have
a usage limit of 10,000 write cycles or 1,500 connections, which
ever comes first.
Tips for USB flash
Be extra careful when flash
drive is in use with laptop
Before plugging in drive
visually inspect it for foreign materials in plug (pocket
Keep away from moisture and
Do not let this be your only
form of data storage. Keep a backup of what you are transporting