No FopaUK I do not represent SanDisk in a professional capacity, I’m just a user, like you.
2 points you should consider: If a USB drive should fail:
- Would you prefer it preventing you from accessing the drive in any fashion.
- Allow you to access, read, copy your files but prevent updating the files on the drive?
Ideally having neither problem is preferable.
So you have secure encrypted files on the drive and you can’t update them. And since they are encrypted nobody else can update, or view, them either, only you can.
Now if the drive is important and you need a replacement would you prefer a free one or to just buy a new one? If you want the free one, return the damaged one to SanDisk and they will send you a free new one.
Concerned about the unencrypted files being seen? Porn can be embarassing. Then inform SanDisk when completing the RMA form of your concerns and they may allow you to destroy the drive with a hammer before returning it. They have done that before.