On Fri, 2007-10-26 at 10:18 +0100, John Austin wrote: > If you are correct in the way they work then a lot of > people are going to be disappointed in the useful life of such > devices. > > Yet Corsair give them a ten year warranty. For consumer devices, I think it's a fair bet that if one of them fails a year or two after purchase that the owner isn't going to try to return them. By then, they'll have lost the receipt, warranty details, forgotten about the warranty, can't be stuffed, don't want to return drives with personal data still on them, can see much nicer *new* toys to buy, etc. For professional circumstances, things might be different. But I can imagine one big sticking point: When it comes to replacing parts years later, you often find that a replacement part doesn't suit the rest of what you were trying to use it with. That's possibly not applicable to USB drives, but certainly is to other equipment. e.g. What would you do if your expensive, and long life guaranteed AGP video card gave up the ghost, and your motherboard only supported AGP1? *Try* and get the card replaced, or update the whole lot? -- (This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, in case that's important to the thread.) Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored. I read messages from the public lists.