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    Floppy Disks and Pen Drives

    As I work in a school, quite a number of students stick their floppies in their bag along with their mobile phone, so its no surprise thenthat the floppy drive can't read it due to the waves the phone puts out. Same like if you leave disks near a monitor for a while they loose their forma.

    Was wondering if the same is true for a USB Pen drive, would it loose its formatting if near a phone or monitor?

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    pretty sure it wouldn't as it is not magnetic storage medium - it is flash memory

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    Pen drives are a lot sturdier than floppy disks, the main reason being that they have no moving parts.

    A floppy disk in a schoolkid's bag = damage.

    Ironically I've had Zip disks survive absolute hell for 2 years, but some floppies last a mere week.
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    my pen drives always round my neck with my mobile in my top pocket - no problems as yet and its been in a few drops recently

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    Pen drives are damn hardy. There was an article in PC Format when they put a selection thru hell and half were still working after being boiled in water and hit with golf clubs. Much better than a floppy. I always used to bent the metal bit on my floppies. They then usually got stuck when i got angry and shoved them too hard.
    Not around too often!

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    Pen drives are amazing. As I type I have just put my 128mb cool drive pen into a usb slot to check if it still works after I accidentally left it in a shirt pocket and washed the damn thing.

    Hurrah it works

    The only thing to remember is most of them dont support windows NT.

    I remember the days of 5 1/4 inch floppies that would regularly get thrown into a bag at uni then left on top of a telly or hi-fi speaker only to find the next day that the damn thing had corrupted and the 4 hrs of sweating to produce a blast furnace mass balance spreadsheet was a waste of time. lol

    (I did metallurgy btw)

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    When I was at school it was always student floppy disks in bag = bent floppy disk cover = floppy disk not only bust, but stuck in drive.

    It was the tomato stains, bits of grit, and crisps stuck to disks that really killed drives though.
    Now go away before I taunt you a second time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rythmic
    When I was at school it was always student floppy disks in bag = bent floppy disk cover = floppy disk not only bust, but stuck in drive.
    I used to go around whole rooms removing the bits that ended up being stuck inside floppy drives. Half of the time that would fix the "broken" drives.

    I don't know what my old school would have done without me... oh I know, spend loads of money on floppy drives!
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