I'm trying to buy a new 128 GB memstick, for the first time in a very long time. It's going to store important files, and while I will have at least one "copy", I still don't want either of them to just die.
But when I look at the products on offer, I find only two kinds:
- Extremely cheap ones.
- Extremely expensive ones, but with no stated benefit besides built-in encryption. (Which I actually consider to be something bad!)
It seems like I cannot "pay a bit more to get something which is less likely to die on me". It seems like the most expensive ones only have encryption and certifications, but no actual difference in what materials or production methods have been used to create it.
Are USB memsticks or flash memory in general so "stable" at this point that they simply cannot make them any better, or won't for some reason?
I find this frustrating. The cheapest 128 GB stick now costs the same as my total expenses for one day, and I live very cheaply. I find it psychologically difficult to trust it, or even two of them.
And even if it's cheap to buy numerous ones, it's not problem-free to deal with the setting up (encrypting) and then constant backing up to them. That part cannot be underestimated. I've found that as time goes by, I become increasingly less willing to take them out from their hiding places to update the data on them. It's a major chore, so I want as few of them as possible but with reliable quality.
Can somebody explain the situation?