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Retractable USB flash drive durability?


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#1 ComputerHelp69

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 10:38 AM

I just bought my first retractable USB flash drive. I assume it has a spring in it.

 

Has anyone ever had the retractable mechanism fail on them?

 

I'm not asking about read/write durability.

 

Thanks guys.

 



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Posted 28 January 2016 - 10:50 AM

I have a retractable USB but there is no spring. I push down on the slide button and manually retract it. What is the make and model?



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Posted 29 January 2016 - 02:21 PM

It's a Sandisk Extreme 32GB USB 3.0 - SDCZ80-032G-GAM46. It definately has a spring in it. You can feel the tension as you play with it.



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Posted 29 January 2016 - 02:34 PM

From googling the USB flash drive indeed has a spring. Many people complained about this type of mechanism calling it gimicky. I would contact Sandisk and ask for a replacement.

 

From an Amazon Review

 

I also concur with many who have criticized the way the connector extension/retraction mechanism works. Not only is the gimmicky spring-loaded mechanism unnecessary, it makes it impossible to fully insert the connector into the USB port because, even when fully opened, the connector moves back into the case about 3mm when you insert it. What Sandisk failed to recognize when designing the drive is that USB ports are "stiff"; i.e., unlike an Ethernet port, inserting a connector into a USB port requires (sometimes more than a little) pressure. With the connecter on springs when open, you can't insert it all the way into the port.

 






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