Over the years I have embraced USB external for a number of things ... one being building a website for clients, discrete, viewable in web environment, etc.
Some have been on flash, some with the 2.5" factor, some 3.5" factor. A mix of brands has been used ... but I am wondering what kind of endurance/use others have experienced? Still working? No worries? Spinning rust writes/reads reliably. Flash does, too ... to a point.
BTW, I make bootable external drives with os installed and apache which saves office visits for more hand-holding than I can bill without ticking off the client. :)
When job goes live I get the drive back (not part of the deal) and re-use. So far so good ... but there are all those "horror stories" which are probably hype bs regarding multiple reformats...
What are your experiences?