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#1 colwud

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 08:46 AM

My flash drive, which is 70 per cent full and has worked well for the past year or so, will no longer let me copy files to the root directory or create any new folders. I can still copy files into any of the existing folders but that is all it will allow, the device is unlocked.

Any ideas what may be wrong?

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 11:16 AM

hi, colwud,

go to start, run, and type cmd
then type chkdsk /f /r x: where x is your flash drive

remember to also close the device in the taskbar before removal,

hope this helps.

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 11:33 AM

Thanks, I will give it a try

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 11:43 AM

I seem to be getting the switches wrong, is it /f /rf
or /f /rf:
or what?
my device is drive f

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 11:57 AM

OK done that and it gives me the file stats and says there is no problem?

anything else I can do?

regards

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 12:17 PM

A simple thing you could do is try to reformat it. Move all the information from your thumbdrive to a folder on your desktop/laptop, then right click on your USB drive in "My Computer" and click "Format". If it's only 512mb, make sure it's set to FAT32 file system. However, if you actually have programs installed to your thumbdrive (meaning you installed them so that you can run them on any computer), i dunno if it would work or not.

Reformatting couldn't hurt (as long as you have your files stored to the harddrive). I've had to reformat my Sony Microvault a couple of times to get rid of some odd problems, including something similar to yours.

Edited by Heretic Monkey, 01 October 2006 - 12:18 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2006 - 01:14 PM

Thanks I will do that, I have no programs installed on it so it should be straightforward.

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 11:59 PM

Some things i forgot to include in my post (sorry if it causes you inconveniences):

Some usb drives come with software already on them. My sony microvault contains compression/decompression software exe's that i can only get from the sony site. If you had files on your drive before adding stuff to it, make sure to read the manual or insert that came in the package.

When in doubt, read the manual. There may be a more efficient/better way of formatting your USB drive, but the windows formatter is pretty standard.

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 12:41 AM

OK thanks, all is well, I reformatted and that has cleared the problem.

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 08:56 AM

FWIW - I recently got several USB flash drives with the U3 software on them. This caused me more problems than the software was worth - so I removed it.

The point that I learned from this is that the implementation of different security measures on USB flash drives is different for every manufacturer. So, if there's a problem with the drive - the best thing to do is go to the manufacturer's website and get their tools to fix it.
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