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Do anyone know the life expectancy of USB Flash drives. I've heard rumors that they wear out after so much usage. Any Input?
The flash memory inside a pen drive has a limited write/erase cycles on the order of 1,000,000+ times.
No limit on reads. You do not want to run an OS unless it is one designed to run on a pen drive or something similar to a liveCD.

So yes you can wear one out.
That is bull crap! there is no way to ware out a usb flash drive. I got one when they first came out used it every day and it still runs fine!
It depends on the device but here is a specification for an Intel device.
Minimum 1,000,000 Program/Erase Cycles 20 Year Data Retention at 125oC

My answer to the question is correct.
It depends on how you use the device and for its typical use as a backup device I wouldn't worry about it.

No bull
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