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Difference in Flash Drives?

by Junk849 / November 25, 2011 2:36 AM PST

Is there a difference in flash drives? In terms of quality and reliability, is there a difference?
It seems that some are temper mental - you think you save something on the drive and then go and pop it into another computer and it's not there.

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Clarification Request
USB Flash Drives?
by KenHusveg / November 25, 2011 3:19 AM PST

Any USB Flash Drive can fail, you get what you pay for.

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That's helpful..., but not really.
by Junk849 / November 25, 2011 11:20 PM PST
In reply to: USB Flash Drives?

Are you saying if I pay $89 for a thumb drive it's better than the $20 thumb drive just because it cost more? That's the whole reason I posted the question in the first place.
I haven't seen any reviews on thumb drives, except from retail outlets that wanted to sell them.

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I am afraid
by richteral / December 2, 2011 9:37 PM PST

KenHusveg is, more or less, right. USB sticks are generally cheap, and they do fail over time. So that would cover that.

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and my reason for the SD card is...
by ahtoi / December 3, 2011 1:17 AM PST
In reply to: I am afraid

I use it in my camera as well.

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Answer
Did you eject the drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2011 3:22 AM PST

If not, it may not be there.

I think I lose something on these 1 time in many thousand times. Maybe once in 2 years. This may explain why some take the chance and "store" stuff with no backup on such drives.
Bob

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Ejecting the drive...,
by Junk849 / November 25, 2011 11:23 PM PST

Thanks for the response. I do try to eject the drive before I remove it. However, there are times that I get a response that the "drive is still in use" although the file has been closed. I've found the only way to get around this is if, while in the same program, I open a file from my hard drive and I guess that frees up the memory?

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I'll have to try that next time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2011 1:00 AM PST
In reply to: Ejecting the drive...,

My method has been to log off and possibly shut down.

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Not much of a convenience
by Junk849 / November 27, 2011 4:21 AM PST

Thanks for the reply. That would probably work, but it's kind of defeating the convenience factor.

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This is how I usually do it when...
by ahtoi / November 27, 2011 4:42 PM PST
In reply to: Ejecting the drive...,

"still in use" dialog comes up; I press "ok" then press "stop" operation again. It usually work 85% of the time. The other 15% I do it three time, and if that doesn't work then I would do what Bob suggested...log off/shutdown.

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This is how...,
by Junk849 / November 27, 2011 9:54 PM PST

Thanks. I guess that's the best answer. I still would like to know if there are any thumb drives better than others and if I could really tell the difference.

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Not sure if there is one better than other;
by ahtoi / November 28, 2011 6:33 AM PST
In reply to: This is how...,

I normally just go with the well known company like kingston, pny, etc.

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I like the Lexars with the LCD "gas gauge."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 6:36 AM PST
In reply to: This is how...,

They seem pretty quick and not very expensive.

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Lexars
by Junk849 / November 28, 2011 8:21 AM PST

Thanks! I'll try it.

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ejecting USB Thumb Drives
by andy_the_CIRCUIT_RIDER / December 2, 2011 11:31 AM PST
In reply to: Ejecting the drive...,

I guess that I have been lucky. I try twice to eject, make sure the drive shows the files. then simply unplug it. For the past 5 years, I have never lost anything. My main use is to carry files and programs from my main home office to various places that I work.

My preference is SanDisk 8 Gig drives. Every now and then I 'catch them on sale at Office Max and I generally get a $10 off on $20 purchase every month or two so they are really inexpensive.

Andy Seitz - the CIRCUIT RIDER

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Thumb drive
by Junk849 / December 2, 2011 10:10 PM PST

Thanks Andy! That's exactly what I was looking for. Sounds like my issue may be more "pilot error" than anything else. I've never seen reviews on them and didn't know if I should be paying more - or if there's a difference.

Thanks again.

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