Plugging a USB drive into a port on the front of a desktop is convenient, but you're also one knee-bump away from breaking the thing. Avoid the problem by using a flexible USB adaptor or extension cord to prevent damage.
For the DIY crowd, the video above shows how to build a sturdy, flexible adaptor that gives you some wiggle room. However, you can accomplish the same thing with a small extension cable. Of course, in both situations you can still end up breaking the cord itself, but those are a lot easier to replace than the drive with all your sensitive data on it.
USB adaptor extender how-to [Megacier]