06-12-2019 10:47 AM
So, I've had 6 flash drives fail on me in the past 1 year. All are purchased from Best Buy.
- 1 failed after 2 months (both PNY)
- 3 failed after 4-5 months (1 PNY, 2 SanDisk)
- 2 failed after 8 months (both SanDisk)
I've thrown them all in a bin I call "the useless bin" because I had no warranty or support plan from BestBuy, and the manufacturers would not help me. None of the flash drives held information I did not have stored elsewhere (on other hard drives), so no data was lost.
Each case was different. Not all of them were connected to the same compouter, not all of them were storing the same information. The only thing all of these flash drives had in common was that I've uploaded 80GBs of data to each of them minimum, and I've obtained them from the same shelf area in the store in Stroudsburg.
I have done the same thing for flash drives purchased at another big box store (no names mentioned), and none of them have failed. Some are still holding strong after the 2nd year, with over 100GBs of data held on them.
Am I buying from a defective lot? Is it possible some giant super magnet rubbed off against the shelf I keep buying from? Why do they work shortly, and fail soon after?
The real question I have is, what can I do about it?
Thanks all. This is my first post here, been shopping at Best Buy for years. The only real problem I have is with the flash drives.
06-12-2019 11:04 AM
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06-12-2019 12:24 PM
06-13-2019 07:14 AM
Thats some really bad string of luck. I have a number of usb drives and the only had two drives that has ever failed on me.
The very first one I bought 17 years ago (at Best Buy) thought think in my case it is from going in and out of the slot many times and either wore out the contacts or just spread to far apart and could not make contact.
Truthfully though Best Buy does not manufacture the jump drives and has no control over their quality. They are not going to open each and every one and test them. Same as any store. And the brands your talking about are respected brands. I personally tend to stick with San Disk or PNY
06-16-2019 08:46 PM
I use both PNY and Sandisk. I can't remember ever having any failures.
Would disconnecting a drive without taking it out of service cause this sort of problem? I have Windows devices and always disconnect drives before physically unseating them.
To add another dimension to the mix, would it be doable to purchase drives from another dealer and see if the results are any better?