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Are Thumb Drives Safe To Store Your Data?

Are Thumb Drives Safe To Store Data? | Larsen Digital   Thumb Drives, also called flash drives are a fairly inexpensive way to transfer information from one computer to another. However, the question still remains, how safe is it to store that information long term?

   

The Pros of Using a Thumb Drive to Store Data

The size of a USB thumb drive is definitely nice because it is so portable. Quickly transferring documents, pictures and information from home, to the office or school has never been quicker and easier. A USB thumb drive or flash drive contains a sturdy circuit board without any movable mechanisms. A silicone chip attached inside the flash drive is non-volatile memory, which means that it does not require a power source to function and to hold stored data. This makes a thumb drive so that it can hold data indefinitely or at least for a fairly long time. Since a plastic casing surrounds the circuit board, dropping, throwing or washing will not necessarily damage the USB flash drive.



   

The Cons of Using a Thumb Drive to Store Data

The dangerous part about a thumb drive is the risk of being easily misplaced and lost. Taking the thumb drive to school, work or on a business trip can be hazardous. Even around your home, these devices can turn up missing. When storing important documents and information, it is vital to keep the thumb drive in a specific location. This makes them less likely to be misplaced. Most come with a loop to fasten to a key chain and although this makes them easier to keep track of, it also makes them more prone to damage.

The write and erase function on a USB thumb drive is the main life expectancy source. Thumb drives should be capable of handling a very large number of write and erase operations during their lifetime. A thumb drive typically will outlast any standard hard drive. The main concerns about the life expectancy of a flash drive are damage from neglect and becoming lost or stolen.