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Why is the metal end of a thumb drive hot to the touch after copying files to it?

Asked by elbanditoroso (24884points) August 21st, 2017

I thought USB drives were all solid state. Heat comes from motion or resistance.

Why is the metal tip hot?

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imrainmaker's avatar

Here’s the link that tells you why and a word of caution if it’s getting too hot because of defective ports.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Solid state devices are essentially made of wires that get hot. Tiny, tiny wires, fine little traces of metal printed on a substrate.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Heat comes from motion or resistance (emphasis my own). You answered your own question.

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