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#1 Bad-People

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 01:45 AM

I have a SanDisk Flash drive with a lot of my data on it but when I plug it in it flashes like crazy and won't ever stop. Some say it's because it takes it a long time to recognize all the files but I can manually go through every file on it and it still flashes. It also doesn't happen every time I plug it in, only about 80% of the time. This is also problematic because if I try to eject it I get a message saying it's in use keeping me from safely ejecting and while it's flashing my CPU Usage seems to jump by about 85%. 

 

It's an 8GB SanDisk Cruzer

 

I have Windows Vista Home Basic.



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 07:56 PM

I'd suggest that you copy the files to another flash drive and give that one a quick, quiet retirement party.

If you don't want to retire it, after the files are transferred, reformat and see if it recovers. If not, retirement!

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:32 PM

The drive might be under a malware scan as well. Some virus programs will scan removable drives as a default process when inserted.



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 03:25 PM

The drive might be under a malware scan as well. Some virus programs will scan removable drives as a default process when inserted.

 

Forgot that one. If there's been a change to the data on the flash drive the AV will scan again. With no change there's no need to scan again.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 06:34 PM

The drive might be under a malware scan as well. Some virus programs will scan removable drives as a default process when inserted.

Okay. So how do I stop that from happening?



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 07:12 PM

What is your security program? It would be one of the settings in that program.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 07:38 PM

What is your security program? It would be one of the settings in that program.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 09:14 PM

Not familiar with that program so I'm unable to assist in changing the settings

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 02:28 PM

Not familiar with that program so I'm unable to assist in changing the settings

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Still learning daily.... Gotta love it. :bubbles:

while it's flashing my CPU Usage seems to jump by about 85%. 

While the above is doing it's thing, open Task Manage > Show processes from all users > click CPU tab at top to bring up highest value. Make note of "offending" process(s).



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Posted 18 November 2014 - 06:55 PM

Stab in the dark here: You can try disabling all autorun. Perhaps it's windows scanning through the contents of the usb in order to present you with autorun options that correspond to the content on the drive. If you disable all autorun, it won't do that.






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