Can be USB stick completely destroyed by pulling out in wrong moment?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I was making a Windows 10 copy on my usb stick, the creation tool finished and I disconnected the drive from pc. Then I connected it to second pc, booted it from the stick, and nothing. I go back to the first pc to look if the drive was okay, connected it and… Nothing. The computer didn’t even recognize the stick (the second one did, just nothing happened). What do I do? How to recover the flash drive?

How to solve :

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Method 1

Yes, they’re really easy to damage, permanently. Pulling one out in the middle of a write operation/when it’s flushing cache is a sure way to kill it. it’s one of those things you get away with 99 times out of 100… but that 100th means you have a dead drive.

Always use the ‘Eject’ structure on your OS & wait until it shows as unmounted before physically disconnecting.

Method 2

You should always properly eject a USB drive in Windows or set the drive to Quick Removal. Failing to do so can result in data loss due to the cache not being written to the disk.

As for complete drive failure, there is definitely anecdotal evidence out there that this does happen. However, I have never seen it happen. Electrically, I do not understand why it would destroy the drive. An electrical engineer might have better input.

If the drive is no longer recognized in any device as a disk, then the drive is dead. Data could be recovered by a data recovery specialist.

Method 3

USB sticks just die sometimes. I have used them to make a bootable install USB or repair disk. I also use them to back up data. Some are fine for years some die quickly and not always because I bought the device cheap but that is much more likely.

Often windows 10 will repair them when other windows or Linux won’t, I had one recover after being locked for years with Windows 10. Also formating them exFat is likely to make them last longer than using a Linux partition I read, also do not run defragment on them. If you have a Linux installed do not include a swap partition, I read.

Despite the warning, I often set the cache on but always ensure that I use eject. One cheap USB stick that I have only works if I write one file at a time, that is fine I can do that.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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