USB Flash Drives: Extend their Usual Lifetime

USB flash drives are essential tech product of these days. Everyone’s daily belongings now include a USB flash disk. Like keys, wallet, cellphone, a USB flash disk is also seen in the pockets because it’s highly required these days. Moving data from one PC to another has never been so easier before and all these are made possible because of the invention of USB flash drives.

Some of you may still remember the ZIP drives and floppy disks. Using the floppy disks was a terrible experience because it needed so much attention and care. You can get fancy USB Flash drives from go promotional online site and they are durable too. There was no insurance that the data you transferred into it will be visible from another computer or if it will ever open up or not; because the data containing layer was so sensitive and vulnerable to loss of data. Simple shock or storage near magnetic fields could have formatted it and make you fall for a crisis.


Those days are past much ago and now the USB flash drives rule. These drives are pretty rough and tough; they can take almost every injustice you do to them. They are usually not sensitive to shocks; weak magnetics fields can’t harm the data as well. But still you have to take care of your drive if you really want it to last longer. Pretty much all flash drives come with lifetime warranty. But if you don’t take care of the drives, you can’t expect the drives to last lifetime.

How do you take care of them? You don’t have to climb mountains to do that, it’s actually very easy. Here is how.

Format and data management

Always format your flash drive the proper way. Many people seem to be too careless about formatting their flash drive in the way it should be done and they barely show any interest to format it. Flash drives, as you constantly erase and keep data in it, the clusters become scattered. But what would you do in that case? Well, format it. Never defrag your flash drive! Defragment has nothing to do with flash drive; it may even lessen the lifespan. Doing the right things might be helpful in prolonging your USB flash drive’s life.

Keep it away from moisture, heat and cold

Like the most electronic devices, the flash drives also won’t respond good or not at all if you submerge them into water or put them in extreme conditions like extreme moisture, heat or cold. Don’t leave it in places where these changes might happen to the flash drive.


Make sure to carefully store the device in suitable places. Most flash drives come with caps or sliders to keep the USB surface covered, keep it covered when the drive is not in use.

Keep within the allowable limit

Most pen drives come with a limit to write data on it. With the average and high priced flash drives, it’s usually 10,000 to 100,000 writes or maybe even higher in some drives. And that’s why, make all your edits and alteration in your computer and transfer the finalized file in your pen drive. Use it only for transportation of your data.

Proper removal

Remove you flash drive only when it’s not being used. You may also use the ‘safely remove hardware’ option.

And doing all these will ensure a longer life for your USB flash drive.


  1. Hey Tushar,
    I think most important part in this article is ‘Proper removal’ and ‘Format and data management’. Because we are lazy
    to do that every time. As you have mentioned , we must have to use ‘safely remove hardware’ option as well as format regularly.
    Thanks Tushar for sharing your suggestion. I like this post.
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