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Old 03-03-2011, 11:57 AM   #1
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warning sign of USB drive failure?
I have a 8 GB USB flash drive that I haven't that much. A while ago, the drive showed as empty when I plugged it in to a computer. I had about 100 MB of data on the drive. However, the problem went away when I removed it and put it back in. All of the files on the drive were intact.

Is this just a normal glitch, or is it a sign of something more sinister? I'm aware that flash drives have relatively short lifespans compared to hard drives, so I want to know if it's time to switch to a new flash drive.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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Re: warning sign of USB drive failure?
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I have a 8 GB USB flash drive that I haven't that much. A while ago, the drive showed as empty when I plugged it in to a computer. I had about 100 MB of data on the drive. However, the problem went away when I removed it and put it back in. All of the files on the drive were intact.

Is this just a normal glitch, or is it a sign of something more sinister? I'm aware that flash drives have relatively short lifespans compared to hard drives, so I want to know if it's time to switch to a new flash drive.
Could be an isolated incident with you not plugging it in properly. I had that happen with my 8gb memory card on my card reader with the PC asking to format it and thought it was corrupted until I tried it on my laptop. Trying it back on my PC worked again.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:53 AM   #3
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Re: warning sign of USB drive failure?
Not unless your coming close to formatting or rewriting data to the drive 100,000 times.

1.Misreads or corrupt data more than likely will come from not inserting or removing the drive correctly.

2.The OS could also crank out error while writing data.
Don't multitask while moving large amounts of data.

3.A faulty usb port could also short it out.
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