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Windows 7: Bootable Usb

18 Jan 2010   #11
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

that's what i use mine for I have three 4 gig drives to move files around to various machines I am repairing but yes large storage flash prices need to come down in price and they will as soon as the SSD market takes off


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18 Jan 2010   #12
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computersplus View Post
that's what i use mine for I have three 4 gig drives to move files around to various machines I am repairing but yes large storage flash prices need to come down in price and they will as soon as the SSD market takes off
Good points about USB drives!! I added some REP!
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18 Jan 2010   #13
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

thanks man!
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18 Jan 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

WindowsStar, I am not sure about these 10.000 read/writes as a limit - from where do you get that. I am running a slideshow in my sidebar since 18 months off a Kingston 8GB stick - and the system is usually on for at least 10 hours. The stick has not failed yet and I am sure there were a lot more than 10.000 reads.
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19 Jan 2010   #15
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

I read it on one of the flash drive manufacture web sites a while back (~8 months). It came up when several of our techs formatted USB flash drives NTFS. They were using them for about 18 months and then all started having read/write issues. We contacted the manufacture and they pointed us to their web site stating to NEVER format a flash drive NTFS because it will decrease its life by 2/3. When we asked if it was just their brand they said any flash memory device. If 10,000 seem too low it could have been 100,000.
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19 Jan 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, understand. But 10K and 100K is a big difference.
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19 Jan 2010   #17
WindowsStar

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19 Jan 2010   #18
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

There are a couple problems with flash drives.

A. Sellers tell people they are fine to use for backing up data.

this is absolutly not true. Never use a thumb drive for data you do not want to lose.
Treat them like old floppy disks that can crap out at any time.
If you want a backup drive,, buy an external Hard Drive (a.k.a. HDD)

B. Thumb drives(flash drives) do have a life limit.

No, there is no exact amount of time or precise amount of read/writes. The numbers are estimates.

They go bad when they go bad, and yes, they do go bad.

C. Watch where you stick your stick (a.k.a. Thumb drive or a.k.a. Flash Drive or a.k.a. USB drive, including Exteranl USB Hard Drives)

PC's with faulty USB plugs will burn your stick.

They can also burn up the circuit board of an external hard drive,,, you can remove the drive and in most cases (99.999999% + )recover that data, but it's a pain in the ass for those who don't know how.
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19 Jan 2010   #19
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

like i said earlier they are throw aways especially when you can get an 8 gig flash drive for $20
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19 Jan 2010   #20
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Yes, but not everyone knows that.
You have no idea how many people I come across that are told thumb drives are fine for backing up data.

So I wanted to clarify and hopefully make it very clear.. not to use them that way, to anyone who might be doing exactly that, who may read this thread..
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