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Old 06-29-2005, 07:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Flash drive data lifespan?


I'm sure everyone has come across those handy USB flash drives (nowadays anywhere from 128MB onward)

I've got a question about data integrity. I'm not too familiar with how data is locked into a flash drive, but what is the lifespan data can remain on a flashdrive and not have to be plugged into the computer?

I remember learning about register flip-flops years ago, I just don't know if this technology applies to flash drives or not.

Is plugging a flash drive into the computer a way of "upkeeping" the data to make sure it's still stored?

Or perhaps- is data expected to reside on the drive indefinately and will never corrupt?

Just wondering-

(I'm asking because I hope to familiarize myself better with the technology and avoid this kind of a procedure... How a Corrupted USB Drive Was Saved by GNU/Linux

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Old 06-29-2005, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Apparently it lasts a good 10 years. I'm not sure of the effect of plugging it in.


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Old 06-29-2005, 09:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Where'd you read that?

Please cite sources. I'd love to read some publications about this.
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