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We have begun using USB flash drives as backup of remote users' file. Yes, I'm aware of better options but it wasn't my decision. The task at hand is to find some way of comparing the useful life of the various devices. I understand flash chips are rated by program/erase cycles and I imagine there must also be some MTBF statistics somewhere but those numbers are definitely not available through retail channels.

Anyone know where to find that info?

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All the USB flash drives I have ever used failed whenever I tried to do something important with them. This sounds like a recipe for creating a disaster. – Michael Hampton Jan 18 '13 at 18:46
@Michael Hampton The chips sound like they're generally rated between 10k and 100k P/E cycles, and it's the connectors that break most often. Regardless I've just been asked to find this information and potentially recommend a brand, not comment on the advisability of the plan. – Josh Jan 18 '13 at 20:29

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