Articles tagged: flash memory

Questionable USB Drive

Is It Safe to Leave a Flash Drive Plugged In All the Time?

Leaving a flash drive or USB thumb drive plugged in all the time runs a small risk of prematurely wearing it out. We’ll look at why, and what to do.

USB Memory Stick

Can a USB Thumb Drive “Wear Out”?

While the technology continues to improve, the fact is that flash memory has a limited number of times it can be written to. It can, in fact, wear out.

SD and MicroSD cards

Should I backup to an SD Card?

I see the appeal of slipping a little SD card into the slot of your computer for backups, but the safety of your precious data on that card has me worried!

Mobile Phone in use

Does downloading a lot on my smartphone shorten its life?

Constantly writing to an SD card will shorten its life. The question is how much? That’s going to depend on several factors.