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USB 2GB Flash drive $29.99 - Free Shipping

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Thumper, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug New Member

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    They do. Just like rechargeable batteries have a limited number of recharges. Anywhere from 500 to 1000 depending on type (NiCd, NiMH, or LiON) and quality of manufactured brand.
     
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    Right on. I will make sure I do not go ape **** updating one of these gems.......I did not know about the lifecycle thingy.
     
  3. WonderSlug

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    Well, you are guaranteed at least 1000 writes. Many are now of the quality of 1500 to 2000 writes.

    So, even if you update 3 times a day, that's still like at least 3 years worth of use out of it, and oftentimes 4 years.

    The latest stuff coming out of the manufacturers has even more write life, something like 10,000 times.
     
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    Wow.......damn......:tup:
     
  5. WonderSlug

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    I wouldn't be surprised if the 2 GB flash drives you guys just bought are of the new 10,000 write type, as those have been out for a few months now.

    Definitely all new flash drives purchased after this year will be of that variety.
     
  6. Trumpet_Man

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    No kidding.....double damn then.

    This is absolutely "THE" ticket I have been looking for in media storage and Thumper posted a solution for me at the perfect time.

    I take it this thing can be screwed up by magnetic fields ...???
     
  7. WonderSlug

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    Not really. Not like hard drives.

    However, keep them out of direct sunlight because, like normal RAM memory chips, UV rays and the X-rays at the airport screener screw up the transistors and the data stored within.
     
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    Ok...I did not know that as well....So traveling through airports with this gizmo is not cool or you run a risk of data damage....
     
  9. WonderSlug

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    Yup. I had one USB flash drive (only 64 MB, a year ago) wiped out when I did that.

    The drive was still OK, but the data on it was totally corrupted. I had to recopy the data.
     
  10. WonderSlug

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    I think this is what you were talking about Trumpy, regarding SSD (Solid State Devices) replacing hard drives in laptops.

    http://www.physorg.com/news4220.html

    I believe these newest memory devices have erase-write cycles numbering in the multiple hundreds of thousands. Like 300,000 or 400,000.
     
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    This is good info to know for a computer simpleton like me..
     
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    The technology is amazing. I am sure these things will get even larger.....and cheaper........
     
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    Yeah, they are expanding capacity at an exponential rate, just like hard drives in the 1990s.

    In 1991, hard drives were awesome if they had 2 or 4 GB. 4 years later, people were playing with 40 and 80 GB drives.

    2 years ago, 64, 128, and 256 MB were the main flash memory capacities. Now we're going for 2, 4, and 8 GB.
     
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    I have dual 250 gig hard drives in this machine which should service me until I die....or until the next round of whiz bang crap comes out :lol:

    ....I hate Microsoft - nazi nastards. :icon_evil:
     
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    You can buy a 250 GB hard drive now for about $80.

    A 400 GB model is only $180 (until they sell enough to be able to lower the price even further).
     
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    I just do not have that much data to store to justify a HD that size.

    Even with dual 250 gig HD's I only have barely two gigs of data........

    The tech also said Western Digital drives and Seagate were the **** and Maxtor was sucking *** as of late.....
     
  17. WonderSlug

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    Fill those fuggers up with pr0n! Or at least some copied movies off DVD.

    I have a 200 GB portable hard drive full of like 25 full fledged DVD movies. I just take that with me along with my laptop, instead of a stack of 25 DVD cases.


    :icon_mrgreen:
     
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    :icon_rofl: - I rent pr0n space every so often with what I describe as the other half of the mortgage payments. :icon_mrgreen:
     
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    That plus backta skool is big woop here!!
     
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    They have this year round stuff here so I really never know when back to school really is.....
     
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    My first hard drive was 40 megs, and I stacked it for 80 megs...state of the art in 1989...damn near obsolete in 1990!!:icon_mrgreen: :lol: :yes:
     
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    When you travel, does your laptop go thru the xray machine??
     
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    Nope. Both are hand inspected. They have me turn on my laptop and access my portable hard drive so that the lights on it blink accordingly.

    I also open the external case (easily) of the hard drive and show the actual innards.
     
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    Jes wonderin...inna nuther life, I was a checkpoint security supervisor, and that was SOP.

    Would a trip thru the xray machine damage it?
     
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    It would damage the hard drives, in terms of possibly erasing or corrupting the data, as well as any flash memory drives.

    Depending on the internal chips, it may also erase any EEPROMs, like a PC's BIOS.

    So yeah, they can really wreck havoc with a computer's re-programmable memory.
     
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    Oh ****. It will screw all of that up ? That is not good....ouch....
     
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    When I was workin at SA International, even if the dweebs put their machies to be scanned, we'd still make'em power it up, cuz it'd show up as a big solid mass on the screen.
     
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    And if you have dead batteries you are fuc't......
     
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    Thanks for all the info and tips Sluggo.....right on.... :tup:
     
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    Now who and what is the best kickass wireless keyboard and mouse.......rechargable (I guess)....talk to me goose.....
     

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