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    Default Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    As an older (Dos head) guy I pulled out most of my hair due to floppy disks not working.

    Have any of you had much experience with Memory sticks as regards reliability ?
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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    Never had a prob with them. You mean flash drives?

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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    The only worry I've had so far is the lack of drivers for these things on older (Win98) systems.
    They do die, but are far and away more reliable than the dreaded old floppies, and I'd say are also more reliable than a burnt DVD as well.

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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul.Cov View Post
    The only worry I've had so far is the lack of drivers for these things on older (Win98) systems.
    They do die, but are far and away more reliable than the dreaded old floppies, and I'd say are also more reliable than a burnt DVD as well.
    I disagree, as far as I'm aware, if you store a dvd correctly, it should last many decades longer than a flash drive.

    [EDIT]: In saying that, if storage conditions are less than favourable, than a flash drive would probably last longer
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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    1st rule -- Flash drives are easier to forget in your pocket than a DVD is and go through the washing machine

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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    1st rule -- Flash drives are easier to forget in your pocket than a DVD is and go through the washing machine
    SWMBO got mine out of the bottom of the washing machine the other day ... worked OK but all the dirty pictures had vanished

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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    I mean the USB memory sticks

    The reason I ask, is that I bought one a few weeks ago to use as an important data backup.

    I have reformatted and copied data to it 3 or 4 times, and now it is not writing some data and when I try to re-format it, it says that is unable to be formatted !

    So what use is that ?
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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SP8's View Post
    Worked OK but all the dirty pictures had vanished
    he he

    Lucky they wern't on a "floppy disk" or even a "hard disk" and on a memory "stick"
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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    what brand is it?
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    Default Re: Memory sticks - reliable or not ?

    Its an Emtec 4 gig its a transparent red.

    Warehouse Stationary had heaps of them on special....

    I thought Emtec was a reasonable brand - perhaps not.

    I'm going to take it back, but I was wondering if others had had similar problems.

    A stick should be able to be re-formatted and used many times imho - there are no moving parts.
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