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My pen drive has finally died.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Marshall, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I keep all my data on a pen drive (encrypted) that I take between home and school. Everything is on that drive.
    Last week it started misbehaving and I couldn't back it up at all. I couldn't find out when it had last backed up so this has been going on for a while.
    Panic set in and I went and bought a portable hard drive yesterday rather than a pen drive.
    Data moved, back up done and relief set in. Phew!
  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Did you experience any tera?
  3. Thanks for sharing that.
    cyolba, having to punch himself in the face to stay awake :)
  4. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Just shows that I am ready to get back to work!!
  5. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Now then, a decent punch would put you to sleep!
  6. How awful. You'd rather be at work than not?
    cyolba, wishing for a 39 week holiday :)
  7. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Please don't.
    Memory sticks are complete ****, made down to a price. I have gone through about 5 in the same number of years.
  8. Captain Obvious

    Captain Obvious New commenter

    I find it really does depend on the memory stick. I've had some bog-standard PNY sticks from PC World last years (and still work now) but some of the fancier, smaller ones (with the retractable connector) are absolutely terrible.
    But really it depends on how much/how often you put stuff on it - the more you use it, the shorter time it will last...
  9. The best sticks IMO are San Disk Cruzer Blade

    Now your next step , Marshy is to incrementally back up your new hard drive on a regular basis.....just in case.
  10. Spanakopita

    Spanakopita New commenter

    That did make me chuckle.
  11. Crowbob

    Crowbob Lead commenter

    R.I.P Marshall's pen drive.
  12. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Some pen drive deaths are more tragic than others!
  13. Spanakopita

    Spanakopita New commenter

    I had never heard of a pen drive before I read this thread. It has made me howl with laughter.
  14. tidal

    tidal New commenter

    I've retrieved data from and for that matter "repaired" about 20 of these sticks simply fixing broken connections at the pcb end of the usb. Yes I know they are cheap enough to replace but my permanent poverty (and legendary tightness of wallet) has let to me having quite a few reserve sticks now..... :)
  15. I have never had a pen drive die on me yet - I use them often for giving data to my kids to take to their Dads and upload.
    I do save all my "important" stuff on an external hard drive (photos, music, etc.).
    Work stuff is stored on either my local drive or the work's central drive and I just dock in my laptop and access it. I can access it at home via VPN, so no need to save separately.
  16. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    Noooooo - now I'm going to have nightmares Nomad!
    My pen drive is a little smiley froggy, and just the thought of it ....
  17. Crowbob

    Crowbob Lead commenter

    Does "data" mean viruses? [​IMG]
  18. I am not that nasty...[​IMG]
  19. We mostly use them too. But for a while, daughter did not have a card slot on her laptop.

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