Memory sticks Do they wear?

  gel 23 Nov 12
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I have used memory sticks for a long time, but recently I am having issues with one of them It is probably quite ancient Could it be wearing?

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I don't think they wear out as such, although there may be a limit to how many read/writes they can perform before they start to get untrustworthy. Whatever: make sure you back up any important files on them?

  gel 23 Nov 12

That was quick Thanks Yes I have been rewriting this stick a lot I do have a robust back up system and considering the relative cheapness of memory sticks it may be prudent to put this one out to graze cheers

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23 Nov 12

Apart from the fact that technology leads us to ever growing capacities and speeds and therefore sometimes rendering certain mem card / stick sizes such as 16Mb or 32Mb obsolete, it is worthwile to note that memory cards /sticks have a limited life expectancy.

There is a difference; single layer cards /sticks may allow in excess of maybe 100,000 read-write actions, whilst multi-layer cards may only allow around 10,000 to 15,000.

  wiz-king 23 Nov 12

Also the physical wear on the contacts may make them unreliable, I have known the pins to break away from the internal circuit board and it's a fiddly job to re-solder them.

  lotvic 23 Nov 12

Ah rats, Fruit Bat /\0/\, I've just treated myself to a 32gb stick only to find out it's considered outdated/obsolete by some ;-)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23 Nov 12

lotvic

Don't mix up your Megs and Gigs

Your new stick won't be obsolete for a while yet

:0)

  lotvic 23 Nov 12

Fruit Bat /\0/\, phew, I'm pleased I mixed up my Megs and Gigs. Serves me right for not paying attention :) As it happens I do have an old 64MB usb stick in drawer that doesn't get used now.

  Peter 23 Nov 12

Fruit Bat /\0/\,

Are you telling me my 8 inch floppies and flippies, with their enormous 1 Meg capacity, are out of date? ;-)

Peter.

  wiz-king 24 Nov 12

Oh drat - I have still got 32Kb of ferrite bead memory - is that out of date now? grin

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 24 Nov 12

Peter

Not if you still have something to read then with have you tried getting windows 8 drivers for a floppy drive, most new mother boards do'y have floopy controllers built in.

wiz-king

I could probably find a use for that on a couple of old machines.

Wonder what sort of memory this old machine (Witch) uses

:0)

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