Why do my thumbdrives keep dying and how can I stop it?
September 26, 2011 12:31 PM Subscribe
I've had two usb sticks die on me in the past few months - that's four years of school work down the drain (well, I have most of it backed up elsewhere, but it's not organized and it'll be hard to put back together). I have other memory issues which I'll explain after the fold.
posted by patheral to computers & internet (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I used to have an EEE netbook which I sold to my roommate. I backed up that hard drive to an external hard drive and uploaded that to an old Dell laptop which I inherited from my daughter when she moved. I recently obtained an Asus transformer which kind of replaced my EEE notebook except I can't really run Office on it, so I use the school computers for my homework (because I haven't got Office at home, nor do I have internet).
Anyway, on to my question. Because of the lack of teh interwebs at home, I usually use a memory stick to save any homework I do there (say, on Works on the Dell) and take it to the school computers. I did the same with the EEE netbook when I needed to print. Emailing things to myself isn't an option when there is no internet. Neither the netbook nor the Asus transformer have DVD drives. I have no idea why the stupid thumb drives are dying. I remove them properly. Neither died on the same computer (one died on a work computer, and one died on a library computer). By "dying" I mean that when I plug them in, the computer no longer reads them. Any computer. They're simply not seen as "there."
I can't afford to have all my schoolwork disappear like this, and I can't afford to keep buying USB sticks. When I use the school computers, I email whatever I'm doing to my gmail, but when I'm at home, I can't do that, so I have to rely on external memory. I'm pretty sure that usb is the only way. Am I buying the wrong brand (Memorex or however you spell it)? What could be killing them? I thought these things were supposed to be durable.
Bonus question: can i get my stuff of the dead drives? if so, how?