Posted 7/18/2021 21:54 (#9117397 - in reply to #9111575) Subject: RE: Why are we still using spinning disks?
A $7 thumb drive is likely a TLC (triple layer cell) device for consumer use. Read write cycle life is low, but consumers don't demand much. The cheapest ones have crappy algorithms to randomize the write locations and will fail quickly.
Buy a decent SLC 64GB drive for industrial use and you'll fork over 10x the amount of money, but your industrial process will be stable.
Spinning disk drives and tape drives are reliable and cheap.