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I’m living in Mexico with my mom and we have been trying it to move back to the states for 4 years now (but thanks to Covid-1.... FAT CHANCE NOW!) anyway I’m trying to back some things up on my pen drives for easy storage during packing. But a couple of them... “died”. I keep KingstonS and Adatas. They were both that died one Kingston other ... I can’t remember probely a Sandisk... I was just trying to load a music file in a Kingston pen drive, then my computer froze up. Then i did a hard shut down, I tried to take the drive out put it back on again it just stalled for about 20 minutes then said “please insert drive into Kingston” I tried to put the drive into the LGsmartTV and it said “failed to connect”.... so... I just assumed that it died. But now my only question is WHY did it die?
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There are any number of reasons out there for a USB flash drive to fail/die. The most common is failing to remove the drive correctly from the PC....using the "safely remove" option.
 

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Ooops! This DID send...☺ Sorry..
I ALWAYS ”eject” the drive before removing it. I right click on the drive then I go down to “eject” and click it, then pull it out.
 
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You may want to occasionally re-format them too, that makes less "USB problems" reported by OS.
 

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I also googled the proble and this is what I found:
”eHow says flash drives can last up to ten years, but as mentioned on NYTimes.com, flash memory doesn't usually degrade because of its age, but rather because of the number of write cycles, which means the more you delete and write new information, the more quickly the memory in the device will start to degrade.”
if that’s the case, then I really have a problem because that about all I do I upgrade and change things around to other pen drives so they’ll fit better...etc. I thought the pen drives we’re supposed to be more durable and dependable? 🙁
 

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Pen/flash/thumb (whatever people are calling them) drives are not reliable for long-term storage. They are designed for the convenience of transfers only. For long-term storage you really should get a good external hard drive.
 

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I had one. Didn’t last long. In fact I could hear it struggle to work. It sounded like a CD or DVD mistracking and spinning before finally dying out. I forgot what brand it was.
 
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In fact I was googling “external hard drive, I couldn’t find one that looked like the one I had but i did find a photo of the inside. This seems like the one I had. Because of the disc. Like I stated it didn’t last too long.
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We own about 60 pen drives - all different sizes from 256MB that says something about its age to 64GB. I only ever had a problem with 1 stick and I caused that. I ended up using the HP format tool and I'm using that stick again.

I also use 7 external Western Digital portable hard drives from 500 GB to 2TB. I've had a problem with one of the 7. It couldn't read some of the images I create about every 4-6 weeks. My theory is that the 2TB drive has 2 platters and there might be a problem with 1 of the platters. The newest 2TB drive is very light weight so I assume it has an ssd instead of spinning platters.

I have no idea what is causing your sticks and external hard drive to fail but it isn't typical unless you keep them plugged in and use them very hard.

Buy devices new, not from eBay.
I'd recommend Western Digital hard drives over some other brands. (Western Digital now owns San Disk).
I'd avoid ADATA for USB sticks. I own Lexar, SanDisk, Kingston, Patriot, PNY, HP, Verbatim, and Corsair. (My least favorite of the lot are HP and Patriot).
 
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“Spinning platter” sounds like the one I had since I could hear something spinning in that one exter drive I had that died. It sounds to me like SSD is the way to go. It just seems like the less mechanism the better. Is that right?
 

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I've always told people, there are two kinds of (spinning) hard drives, those that have died, and those that are going to ... They are mechanical devices and as such are subject to wear and tear. Some may last a decade or longer, others might not make it to their warranty expiration date. Some may last a week! You never know ...
Having said that, I agree with Liz. I've had my best luck with WD HDDs. I've got several WD external drives ranging from 2 to 10 TB.
 

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well, I measured the the GB of all the MP4s using my HP that I have on my pen drives me and they add up to 130 GB give or take 5 GB..
so just going by the videos itself maybe about 200GB would be sufficient. That does not sound like realit...🙁 I’m coming up with all sorts if ideas. Like maybe since I’ve always wanted a Mac. The HP laptop I’m using now is a handmedown but with all my vids on there with the pics and and some of my music on there I think I have about 260GB left. If I ever get back to Texas and get a Mac... and a new LG SmartTV, I can probely rip the WiFi out of that old HP laptop and just use it as a media player and connect it to the TV with HDML. It just has to have a few bugs cleaned out. It’s been known to freeze up on me twice (once when I was playing music from my iTunes on it, [i rtransfers music from my pendrives ripped from my CDs onto itunes] but I think that’s because another program was conflicting with the iTunes, when 2 or more programs conflict half the the time it’ll freeze up. But I think with all the bugs cleaned off and the WiFi ripped out it could play nicely.
anyrate, little ideas start coming to my mind. I’m just trying something that’ll work, that’s all.
 

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I have another unrelated issue but I’m unable to post it. Everytime I try to post a new thread, I get this error message:
“You have reached the maximum number of new threads allowed to be created in a 24 hour period.“
I only started one thread. I don’t understand.
sorry but this is the only way I could post...
 
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