SANDISK data life span

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Is it possible to get data corruption on a sandisk compact flash if it has been stored without power for 4 or 5 years.

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Just realize as well regarding environmental factors like heat cold and dust. With any storage component, there is the possibility of corruption even with the latest drives.

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When we talk about corruption of files, it could not happen because they are files stored on a hardware device. The possible problem would be the hardware parts of the compact flash disk, remember that they were only made of electronic parts.

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  • ncberns
    Yes. Corruption is possible with any stored drive or file or disk. Over a long period of time (five years is several lifetimes in this business) it's not only possible but likely.

    Variables add up. Heat, dust, moisture, even an errant bit of static electricity, can impact your files and your storage.
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  • ToddN2000
    It's possible. On the other hand I had a flash drive go through the wash and dry cycle. I had left in in my pants pocket and threw in the wash. It still works today.. Maybe I'm just lucky. I think all electronic media is prone to failure. Until they can come up with larger formats of optical storage we are at the risk of data loss.
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  • Brijesh
    It's possible for corruption with out power.
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  • ToddN2000
    Another way to look at it is like a battery. Even though it is not being used there is still a loss of power happening. The ability to hold on to the data over a long period of time get weaker due to the lack of a power source.
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