Monday, May 29, 2006

The Pitfalls of Flash Memory

Has Samsung's Hybrid Hard Drive solved the usage limitation of flash memory? Is there really a limitation and how does this affect the hybrid hard drive?

The website Ask-Leo, answers interesting computer problems and today we are taking a look at one of his answers. The question is that... do USB drives wear out meaning do they have limited life?

The article states first how flash memory generally works. The reason why they call it flash memory is that when memory is loaded, a signal sent to the flash memory says to "remember this type of data" It's like taking a picture or having a photographic memory. However, usb drives just like any kind of flash memory, will only have a limited amount of flashes. Some say between 10,000 and 100,000 times.

If this is the case then asking about the limitation of usage in hybrid hard drives is a fair question. Will this be viable enough in the long run?

Please remember that Flash Driven isn't and will not pretend to be a technical expert on such things. We strive to cover however the market dynamics and technology developments of flash memory. But once we get reports from experts, we will sure to post it here.

Source: Ask Leo: Can a USB thumbdrive "wear out"?

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