Does anybody have any idea how long would an USB memory stick hold data, when stored, for example in a safe?
I don't have any clue how the damn things work. I know that flash memories do not need constant power, or at least not much, but i don't know if the USB flash sticks have some condensator or accus inside, which keep the data. I just don't think there are, since they are so small and lightweight.
I'm just thinking about the differences to diskette, when thinking long-term storage for files.
So, i think USB memory stands high magnetic fields, that diskette doesn't? But if a diskette is in a safe(box), it will be ok for years, without handling.
So, would somebody have some real info about this, or could someone point me to the right direction about this. I haven't seen any studies or tests about the durability and long-time data storing with usb sticks.