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Nerd
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I think my flash drive just died

I have a Sandisk Cruzer Micro 1GB..................And its been acting wierd latly. The file system just got screwed for some reson. Okey, Says I. No problem. I just backed it up yesterday. So I format it. Then I try to copy and paste the backup files........... when the light whent off and it sayed that therer was a delayed write erroer. I tried agin. Then it said that there was some I/O erroer. HELP

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Hand off Sandisk!

The only help is to buy a drive which is NOT FROM SANDISK.

I had a Sandisk Cruzer Mini 256Mb. It did the same!
I also had a Sandisk SD Card 256MB - Some weird problems until i tested with HDTune. I found out it has problems after 183MB, so if i try to write after the 183 limit i got strange behaviour in windows like handing for 5 minutes and then displaying a writing error.
So my conclusion: HANDS OFF SANDISK!

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Drives do die. Sometimes it

Drives do die. Sometimes it happens when it's unmounted imporperly. Sometimes it overheats (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060707-7209.html). Sometimes it's just defective. I used USB drives to flash BIOS's and run other routines at work. My main drive was a Sandisk 256MB drive and it was probably inserted/removed 1000+ times before it died. It might have been user error that caused it to die :(. We used generics, Apacer and Kingston. The Sandisk and Kingston lasted the longest. They are both good with their warranties. 3-5 years. I think Sandisk crossshipped a new drive. A company that stands behind their product is a good company. Did you RMA your drives?

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Sandisk reliability varies greatly

I had an old 512 Sandisk Cruzer that I used for 2+years.
It still works fine even after my wife ran it through the washing machine 4 times and it spent 500 days in my pocket. I was also running a copy of Thunderbird on it for at least 16 months straight. That means well over 100,000 write cycles to one file alone.

However I also recently purchased a Cruzer titanium 2Gig that died in a week. They did replace it but it took 6 weeks to recieve the new unit.
The replacment unit has been running fine though.
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contact Sandisk, athey

contact Sandisk, athey should replace if it is still under warraatney (sp)
good luck

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They do die...

Not taking sides here but flash drives do have a limited lifetime. Maybe yours just wore out.

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Yeah. How long have you had

Yeah. How long have you had yours?

Vintage!

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Just A few months

Just A few months

Bruce Pascoe
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...

Shouldn't have died, then. Flash drives typically last anywhere from 1.5 to 2 years, even under heavy use (e.g. running Portable Firefox all the time). Though I totally annihilated a JumpDrive Sport about a year ago by accidentally pulling it without using Safe Removal; Sandisk drives may be the same.

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Ditto

that second sentence. Wink
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unsafe removeal

I know it is bad but I have to sometimes have to remove my thumbdrive unsafely. I close all apps then wait a minute or two and even after that it still some times says that there are apps running and I have to pull it out. I even go into the task manager and that doesn't always help. I HATE WINDOWS!! but I'm to cheap to buy a mac and to lazy to convert to linux

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