It might seem so self-evident that it hardly warrants its own blog post, but given the vast number of broken flash drives we see with damage that could have been avoided, I think it’s worth writing about. Below are a few tips that should help extend the life of your flash drive and just might prevent you from requiring flash drive data recovery services in the future.
Don’t carry your flash drive around in your pants pocket.
So many things can go wrong if you do: moisture and condensation can cause corrosion of the small electronic components causing electrical failure, tiny bits of dirt and conductive debris can get stuck inside the tip of the connector causing a short circuit which could fry the electronics, or you might bump your leg against something hard causing the connector to bend or break off. The same goes for keeping your flash drive attached to your key chain. Instead, store your flash drive in a clean and dry place.
Don’t leave your flash drive plugged in to your computer.
We hear from people all the time who tell us they left their flash drive plugged in to their computer and that is was working fine when they left, but when they returned, it was no longer being recognized by their computer. This could be caused by physical damage from someone bumping into it while they were gone, by a power surge to the USB port, or who knows what else? Gremlins maybe? So be sure to unplug your flash drive when it’s not in use.
Don’t run software on your flash drive.
Flash memory can only withstand so many read/write cycles, and running software on a flash drive uses a lot more of them than just saving documents. If you do want to run apps on a flash drive, you should consider using an inexpensive flash drive and not store important files on it as well.
Use backup software!
When all is said and done, the truth is that flash drives are mass produced electronics devices that are destined to fail at some point. To avoid losing all your important files, you should use flash drive backup software that keeps a copy of your flash drive on your computer.
I hope that helps! Please leave a comment below if you can think of anything we missed.