Five Simple Percautions When Using USB Flash Drives

Ontrack Data Recovery: has performed a study that shows one in four USB memory stick owners has lost data. The study involved research conducted among 400 professionals world wide. To help combat data loss, Ontrack has compiled a list of things USB memory users should do to minimize the risk of data loss.

  1. Minimise misplacement

    Try to prevent 'wandering' USB sticks. The device is easily lost when you don't exactly know where it's kept. A dedicated USB spot prevents loss of data from a portable storage device.

  2. Carry with care

    Make sure your USB is stored safely when travelling to minimise the risk of losing data. You don't keep a laptop in a plastic bag for transport, so why stick a USB stick with similarly valuable data in your trouser pocket?

  3. No backups, please

    A USB stick is too vulnerable to store precious information. These sticks should therefore never be used as a backup device.

  4. Put a lid on it

    When not in use ensure that the connector of your USB is protected. By using the protective cap, provided with any USB stick, a possible data disaster can be averted.

  5. Unplug before you leave

    Before you embark on a journey that requires a laptop and a USB stick, make sure the devices are separated. This way, both the laptop and the USB stick will run less risk of damage.


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