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Possible thumbdrive failure (Linux Mint Cinnamon)


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#1 SuperSapien64

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 07:03 PM

I was running Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.1 on my laptop and I copied a file from Kingston thumbdrive to my laptop and after I was done copying the file on my thumbdrive I went to safely remove device I saw I notification that LMC was writing to my thumbdrive, so I put the thumbdrive back in my laptop and I checked for hidden files and I didn't find anything. Then I brought the thumbdrive to my local computer store and had them scan it for infections they found nothing but they did notice the drive was kinda slow I also noticed this to from the first day I bought the drive.

So what do you think? Should I get a new thumbdrive or is it a bad USB infection?



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Posted 09 April 2017 - 07:42 PM

As long as you can read from the thumb drive and write to the thumb drive and all of your data is still in tact I wouldn't worry.

 

As for the speed of the drive some drives read and write faster than others depending on whether it is usb 2.0 or usb 3.0.

 

I wouldn't trust a computer store to tell me anything about any product I own as if they sell it than yours will be bad or almost bad.

 

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:53 AM

If you're at all concerned by the possibility that your thumbdrive has an infection, then format it. This will remove everything from it, and restore it to "factory" condition.

 

Just be sure that any "irreplaceable" files that you might have on it are backed up before you do.

 

Personally I think it's highly unlikely that your thumbdrive will be infected, and I agree with Toolman's assessment on the probable motives of the store.



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Posted 10 April 2017 - 06:07 AM

 

So what do you think? Should I get a new thumbdrive or is it a bad USB infection?

Highly unlikely.

 

I see you have a thread on Linux Mint forum about this.

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=242557


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 09:43 PM


 
I just wanted a second opinion NickAu.

Edited by Al1000, 14 April 2017 - 04:33 AM.
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Posted 10 April 2017 - 10:56 PM

Thats fine.


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