Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:55 PM
I would like to say that I had one that worked. For approx. 5 days, I used mine to take music to a work computer, not even getting close to the max capacity of 8 GB. In the meantime, I attached it to my keyring, as it had one of those nice little... hook things, I suppose.
Then I lost the data on it. It wasn't the same error that has been a problem here, it was only that I had unplugged it accidently without safely removing it. When I plugged it into another computer, it read very slowly, taking minutes to open a folder, or just randomly crashing. After messing with it and trying to retrieve some data, I had to format the disk, but it taught me that I needed to be more cautious with it than with a regular Flash memory drive.
6 days after that, the drive encountered the problem that is here. When you initially plug it in, it spins as always but also makes a clicking noise that I hadn't noticed in normal operation. Actually, it made a similar click when I had to format it. This time, The computer recognised the device, but believes it has no memory in it: basically, it is a blank disk. But my computer still recognizes it as a hard disk, and not a media drive as for CDs. Windows will not try to correct any read error because it says there is nothing there.
I have some theories about why this happens, starting with the most unlikely.
1. There is a problem with the USB connection. Namely, I don't like how it plugs into a USB Port. All it's weight pulls down on it, and makes me anxious that it may break a connection internally. I, like some of you, may have got it on sale (Mine was a two pack for 55$. I thought it was a steal). Therefore, I figured it could just be badly put together.
What is more likely is:
2. Some trauma happened to the disk. The microdrive page on Wikipedia is not very reasuring on this. It says that "A microdrive will generally not survive a 4 foot (1.2 metres) drop onto a hard surface". Who knows what can mess it up, especially when you travel with it as I have been doing. I mean just swinging while dangling off my keys could have thrown it off.
I do have another one left, and at 55$ for 8GB it is still a good deal. It reads, although I have not put any files on it yet. It's past the return date for both of them at the store, but I may send Kaser the broken one.