What Causes File Corruption on Flash Drives?

File Corruption on USB Flash Drives.

While cloud storage is a popular option for many businesses today, flash drives continue to play a vital role in day-to-day work. As these are so cost-effective, convenient to store & carry, and available with varying amounts of capacity, flash drives are always useful to have around the office. There are various different types of flash drives available on the market, including USB sticks and SD memory cards used with cameras, smartphones, and tablets.

Whether holding documents or media, flash drives are an essential method of storing and transferring data. However, as good as they are, flash drives can prove problematic, from time to time. For example, technical and physical flaws, such as cracked casing or a failure to be recognized by a computer can occur in some cases. Flash drive failures leave you unable to access the work you need. File corruption is one such issue, leaving you frustrated and convinced there is no way to retrieve the data you need.

Crashed usb flash memory

At eProvided, we have an expert team boasting the knowledge and the experience to retrieve the data you need from your corrupted flash drive. Below, we take a look at the causes for such corruption, and how these can best be avoided.

NAND Write/Erase Cycles

Just as a rechargeable battery can lose its power after being re-used again and again, so too can a NAND flash drive start to experience problems. After being used for thousands of write/erase cycles, flash drives may begin to struggle with retaining data – meaning your files are unlikely to be stored correctly or completely.

You should change your drives after years of extensive use, but what if you don’t realize just how much use they’ve gone through? You may try to save important files, which are corrupted during the process – and you may fail to realize this until you try to access the data at a later date. At this point, you may well have already wiped it from the original device, and have no other way to reach it again.

Environmental Factors

This may seem like an unlikely cause of file corruption, but condensation – due to high temperatures or humidity – may damage the drive’s circuit boards, or help to corrode the contacts. To avoid this, you should keep your flash drives in a cool, dry place, and never let it become exposed to water, or worse, salt water.

Incorrect Removal

This is an easy mistake to make if you don’t know better: removing the flash drive without properly preparing it for disconnection. This can cause damage to files, and render them inaccessible by plugging the drive into a device: the item itself may need disassembling to recover the data by transferring components. It’s always important to click the option for ‘remove storage device’ before actually pulling the drive from your PC or gadget.

Tips for Avoiding Data Loss

At eProvided, we understand just how frustrating and even upsetting data loss can be: whether you feel you’ve wiped a set of beloved family pictures for good, or caused an important document to vanish, we’re dedicated to helping you recover the data, no matter how complicated the techniques needed may be.

To ensure you get the best use from your flash drives, and to avoid data loss wherever possible, we’ve provided the below tips:

  • Backup wherever possible – this may sound obvious, but many people become complacent when using flash drives, and forget to save files elsewhere. This may mean creating multiple copies on your hard drive, uploading to the cloud, or saving the files as drafts in your email account.
  • Take care when carrying your flash drives – whether you prefer to keep drives in your pocket when taking them from one place to another, or you zip them into your bag, always make sure they’re safe and secure. Not only could you accidentally drop them or allow heavy items to push up against them, you could even cause them to overheat in certain climates.
  • Pay attention to storage capacities – never overload your flash drives; as powerful as NAND systems are, there is only so much space available.
  • Switch between drives – try to alternate between two or more drives frequently, to ensure you don’t wear one out in a short time, without realizing.

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