Yesterday. I copied an image into flash drive. It was Kingston DataTraveler.
Plugged it into my destination.
Drive didn't show up.
Pulled it back and it smelled like burnt.
Packed it and sent it back to online retailer.

Warranty Wins !

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    Remember! Only YOU* can prevent data fires!

    * Provided you are a USB flash drive manufacturer.
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    I think it was like 15 years ago or so when Linux destroyed a brand-new USB stick within an hour.

    I had put 7 GB chess endgame tables on the stick because it was faster than my HDD for scattered access. What I had forgotten was to set "noatime" for that mount point so that every read access turned into a write access, and the stick didn't survive than for long.

    I turned it back as "stick is broken and doesn't react". ^^
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    Had you travelled by air ?

    Where I am, if you travel by air, they like give things a doss of X-rays to make sure its not got anything bad inside such that newer tech flash drives just don't make it.
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    @Nanos no?
    I've never had any device go bad because of baggage check X-rays. It's not just for flights, our metro has baggage screening too and I use it almost every day. Phone, pendrives, my laptop's SSD, Arduino with flash containing tables necessary for some stuff, etc. all come out just fine.
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    Oh its not baggage checking, here they give everything a heavy radiation dose..



    The irradiation process passes mail through a high-energy beam of electrons or x-rays. It delivers a radiation dose that is approximately 2 million times stronger than a chest x-ray. The beam penetrates deep into the mail to destroy bacteria and viruses. It can even penetrate letter trays and packages.

    The radiation has so much energy that it causes chemical changes in the paper. The mail comes out brittle and discolored. It looks like it has been baked in an oven and may have an odd smell. The large amounts of high energy used in irradiation will turn plastics brown and warp the cases of computer discs. However, irradiating mail does not make it radioactive.

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    @Nanos Read all of the article, not just the headline. From the article:

    "USPS employs contractors who irradiate mail that is sent to some government agencies."

    So, first, only in the US. Second, only to some government agencies. Third, it doesn't have anything to do with air travel. Fourth, it isn't meant for checking, this is meant for killing bacteria and stuff to avoid getting e.g. anthrax mail envelopes.
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    Where I am incoming airmail gets zapped.

    As I've never travelled by air from here, I don't know what they do to your luggage !
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    @Nanos As the article states, this is NOT for all airmail. Do you really get airmail that smells burnt and with brownish plastics?

    What IS being done with all airmail is the usual luggage check, but that's not for killing bacteria - only for detecting bombs. No, that doesn't burn the mail.
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    I live on a small island, so mail tends to come by air.

    There are a long list of things we aren't allowed to get..

    The mail seems fine, but I did hear that it gets zapped to kill off any nasties.

    I guess there must be some secret government base here or something..
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