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USB Flash Disks– no good for transferring files
Kylee Legge - Monday, February 21, 2011

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USB Flash Disks– no good for transferring files

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We’ll this is a bit of an unusual review as usually I review a product I like and endorse but today I am actually going to review a product I don’t like and don’t endorse. Let me clarify what I mean by that as obviously all products were created for a reason and have their place so I am not insulting the core of the product itself I just want to write a review based on the current misuse of it.

Imagine this... you work hard on designing your book yourself and then you realise you have out so many high quality images in it (as are required for print) that it won’t fit on a disc to send to your publisher. “No worries”, you think as you copy the files to your trusty USB flash drive and stick it in an express post envelope, “I have a way around that”.

Well they may have more space that a CD but I would strongly recommend burning a DVD instead of putting your files on a temporary storage device. “I am sorry”, your publisher says, “the files seem to have corrupted in transit can you please resend them”. So you do exactly the same thing again and you get the exact same response, “I am sorry the files seem to have corrupted in transit can you please resend them”.

Why would you do the exact same thing again if it didn’t work the first time. Did you know that a USB flash drive no matter how well packaged can get very hot while in transit. You don’t know where it’s been left or for how long or what the temperature it reached. What I do know is a temporary storage device such as flash disk can get corrupted cells when it gets too hot and data in plain English simply gets destroyed.

A DVD may cost a lot more than a CD but you know you will only be burning the disc once as being a permanent storage device the only way that data can be changed is if the disc is physically damaged which is obviously much less likely to happen.

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