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New flash drive frequently becoming corrupt

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#1 Sylveon Fetish

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 08:16 AM

I am having a problem with a $20 8GB i-Ecko flash drive where it becomes corrupt frequently and I am constantly having the message pop up, "Do you want to scan and fix" and I frequently get "Problems were found and fixed", not every time but most of the time, like only 20% of the time it tells me that there was no problems. This flash drive is only a little over a month old and I got it at the college bookstore so I am pretty sure this is not a cheap flash drive.


I Googled the problem but only results on how to recover files from corrupt flash drives showed up. There was nothing regarding flash drive frequently becoming corrupt. I even threw quotes around "frequently corrupt" but that only gave me really old unrelated results for various programs, still nothing regarding flash drives becoming corrupt frequently.


Anybody know what the problem could be?

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 10:01 AM

Anybody know what the problem could be?


Not really. There is always the chance of a bad device or it isn't a real 8GB flash drive!


At my work they purchase several 32GB flash drives from a company, after doing a true test all of them only accept around 8GB without problems...


My suggestion format the drive and download H2testw https://www.heise.de/download/product/h2testw-50539/download to test if it really can save/read the 8GB advertised, if not I would ask for a replacement on the store.

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 05:38 PM

There are dozens of cut-rate thumb drives, every amateur in Asia and the Pacific Rim orders generic, low-cost circuit boards, puts their case around it and sells it to American retailers who don't give a rodent's posterior if it works or not, as long as they can get a fast buck out of it and disappear into the fog before an unhappy customer responds.

Buy quality and you won't have problems.

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