Does a USB Flash Drive really work?
Whether it works the way it is intended depends on the user and his skills. If a user uses the USB Flash Drive, who has no idea how to store his data, problems can occur. For them, it may be advisable to use one of the products that run an integrated program to save the correct data and recover it later. If someone is more familiar with computers, it is also advisable to use ordinary USB flash drives, which work just as well as those with a program.
It is important to note that such a drive also has an expiration date. This means that it goes through a certain amount of storage and then no longer works. We will explain more about this later. All in all, however, it can be said that such a device works really well, as long as you know how to handle it.
How to use a USB Flash Drive
A USB Flash Drive usually consists of a plastic coated part and a plug. This is intended to be connected to the USB port of the computer. If it is a model where you have to save everything manually, some work in the file manager is necessary. The user usually chooses what he wants to store on the USB stick and then transfers the data until the stick is full.
In a variant with user software, this program starts automatically as soon as the USB Flash Drive is plugged into the port. The user then selects which data he wants to save. In some cases, the program searches for the data on its own if the user only selects "photos" as a criterion. This is just an example. These files are then also transferred and stored on the stick.
During a data recovery the whole thing works the other way round. Without a program, the user has to drag the data stored on the stick into the directory provided for this purpose. Including software it needs only one mouse click. The stick does the rest on its own.
How long does a USB Flash Drive last?
One may assume that these are almost indestructible, but unfortunately this is not true. Storage media in general have a certain application time. This means that even CDs and DVDs will no longer be readable at some point. They are granted a shelf life of about five to ten years. With a USB stick, its durability depends on the frequency of its use and the manufacturer, although no general statement can be made as to how long this longer period of use will last.
The application time for this device is estimated to be around ten to thirty years. Therefore it is all the more important to make regular backups, after a while also with other memory sticks. This also avoids using a USB flash drive that is too old in the event of data loss and then no longer functioning.