Flash drive is convenient for transferring files. But like other kinds of data storage media, it can be corrupt easily. Then your data in it will be lost. Now this article will delve into flash drive and offer some suggestions.
When it comes to avoiding data loss, many users will think of data backups. It is exactly right. For example, back up your PST files, such that you will be able to recover damaged Outlook file in case of sudden crashes. But before backup, you should be prudent to choose a correct storage media. It is not a good idea to store data in flash drives whose main advantage is transferring data. In addition, flash drives can become corrupt easily, too. You should still keep tabs on your data in it. Here we will make an in-depth exploration about data protection on flash drives.
How Flash Drive Works
Unlike hard drive, flash drives have no any moving parts inside. Therefore, it always works silently and rapidly. In addition, flash drives contain printed circuit boards which are covered in rubber or plastic casing. In comparison with other types of data storage media, flash drives are smaller in size. When you need to access or transfer data, just plug the flash drives into computer by USB ports. It is blazing convenient. Therefore, when transferring data, flash drive is more favored than other portable media due to its small size, fast speed as well as adequate storage capacity.
How Flash Drive Gets Corrupted
Similar to hard drives or other storage media, flash drives have their own lifespan.. As long as the flash drives operate for a certain year or have experienced a myriad of write/erase cycles, flash components will lose ability to retain data. It refers to the endurance of flash drive. Without a doubt, the older flash drive gets, the less reliable it will become. It is a gradual degradation. Of course, apart from the natural degrading, external factors on the flash drives can make damages on it, such as high temperature, or high humidity, or human misbehavior like removing the drive from computer improperly and so on.
How to Prevent Data Loss in Flash Drive
- Back Up Your Data
Firstly, you have to admit an unquestioned and versatile fact. To prevent data loss, data backup is more than necessity. Although flash drive is much convenient than other types of storage media, it is not the best choice to store data. It is only well versed in transferring data. Therefore, back up your data in other media, such as external hard drive, cloud storage service and so forth.
- Remove Flash Drive Safely
Secondly, you should get used to removing flash drive safely from the computer or other devices. If you frequently remove the flash drive incorrectly, like directly unplugging it when it is still reading or writing data, not only may your files get corrupted, but also the file system will damage. Thus, please ensure that the flash drive doesn’t operate before removing it from the devices.
- Store Flash Drive in Proper Conditions
Thirdly, it is vitally essential to take good care of flash drive. You should never expose it to extreme environment, such as too high temperature, high humidity, or high pressure. Keep the drive in proper conditions, so that it will be able to live longer.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair SQL Server data and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com