What Can Cause a USB Flash Drive to Stop Working?

 1. The flash memory of the drive will eventually wear out. Over time, the components of flash memory lose the capability to store information. This happens after thousands of read and write operations, including with media duplication. The estimated life span of a flash drive will depend on the type of memory used.

2. If you will be changing files frequently, then a flash drive with limited read/write operations will not be the best option for storing your data. With a flash drive that has an industrial-grade single-level cell memory, the unit can perform around 100,000 read/write operations. With the more affordable multilevel cell memory option, the read/write operations are limited to 10,000 or so. For most drives, there are five-year warranty options, and in general, users find that the information is secure after the five-year time frame.

3. Environmental conditions can affect data. Your data can become corrupted when the humidity and temperature in the area of use are high. This can decrease the life-span of your flash drive.

4. A common issue for corruption of a flash drive is improper handling of the drive by the user. A flash drive should not be removed from the USB port without utilizing the ejection command. This is specifically true when the flash drive is in use. Users need to use the Safely Remove Hardware or Eject option on your computer to ensure the drive can be removed safely to avoid corruption.

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