SanDisk / Warranty of little value
I bought a SanDisk 4GB Cruzer Titanium USB Flash Drive w/U3 that failed after only 9 months. Even though it is physically strong, the failure was a short in the circuits. I was told that a recovery company could open the flash drive and repair the circuits to recover the data for $125. Sandisk will only replace the flash drive if I sent it to them.
Demonstrating the flash drive at a store that sells Sandisk products; that it does not work is not enough for Sandisk to honor its warranty without my sending it to them. Due to the confidential nature of the data, I am unable to allow the flash drive out of my possession at the current time. Since the warranty is for 5 years, I will be able to send the flash drive to SanDisk in a couple of years; of course by then, a 4GB flash drive will have the same value as a 256MB flash drive has today.
If you use the flash drive for confidential data, do not expect the warranty to have any value and back it up it yourself on a weekly basis.