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looking for a USB flash drive.

by myknowledge / August 16, 2006 2:29 PM PDT

i'm looking for a USB flash drive but don't have any idea with ones are reliable. i need one that won't blank out on me and is fast. and doesnt require any installation program. a lot that i looked at had bad reviews.

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All have a limited lifespan.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2006 10:43 PM PDT

It appears that no (flash) drive will meet your specs since eventually all will fail in some years.


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if not a flash drive, then what?
by myknowledge / August 20, 2006 5:53 AM PDT

what will help me then? i thought there were only flash drives.

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My point is that all have some lifetime limits.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 20, 2006 5:54 AM PDT

My oldest flash drive is years old. I think that's great but your post seemed to want something for the decades.


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pretty mundane these days
by linkit / August 20, 2006 7:22 AM PDT

These days, it's a pretty mundane topic. I have used the fancy names like Lexar and Sandisk with the same success as lesser known/generic/store brand USB drives. Just make sure it is a USB 2.0 model. Check reviews at online stores like

The rest is all the bells and whistles you think you need:

color, key loops, mp3 player, security software, material, finish, cartoon characters, ballpoint pen, Swiss army knife, etc.

I do someties spend more to get the model that comes with encryption software--very handy.

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