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My question is:

Can anybody point me to a documented case of a flash drive dying from running Ubuntu?

People talk about the dangers and urge cautions, but I have researched on the internet and asked on Ubuntu Forms and have never found a single case of a (name brand) flash drive failure due to running Linux.

They say lifespan is 10000 to 100000 writes and up. With wear leveling this seems to work out to years or decades of normal use.

I am talking about Persistent and Full installs as there is no writing to disk with a Live install.

  • I was going to find some thread by C.S.Cameron and then noticed who asked question. :) I have seen a few post they had failures, but not sure if just random like the old days with hard drive or foppy drives. Some would last and other would not. I do not expect same life as SSD, but most users are not writing lots of data, so a flash drive should be ok in my opinion. – oldfred Feb 21 '15 at 4:41
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    I have had a 4G Verbatim button USB fail during an Ubuntu update, but the failure was the reader electronics. Pulling the USB apart, the internal micro SD was fine. I have fried an SD card just copying a Windows user directory to it under Windows. – ubfan1 Feb 21 '15 at 6:39
  • Hardware fails sometimes with little or no warning regardless of OS. I have not seen any credible information that one OS is better then any other. – Panther Feb 21 '15 at 7:24
  • Thanks, I guess if anyone had heard of a flash drive failing from running Linux, it would be OldFred, and most likely have it documented also. – C.S.Cameron Feb 22 '15 at 3:00
  • User Fabby and I discussed a similar topic in Ask Ubuntu Meta last year. Maybe if you comment under one of his questions, you can get him to post an answer to your question. – karel Aug 3 '16 at 5:11

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