USB Storage Device

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by brian, Feb 28, 2008.

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    brian Guest

    I recently picked up a 16GB USB storage device at a computer show for $25.00
    bucks, yeah I know, you get what you pay for. My computers all recognize it,
    and shows it as a 16GB drive, but when I copy files to it, and then remove
    it the files are not shown after it's plugged back in. If you check the
    properties it shows that the amount of spaced used by the files is still
    being used, but they can't be seen. I formatted it but that didn't help, it
    just showed then that the drive had full capacity back.

    Any ideas as to why I can't see the files?


    brian, Feb 28, 2008
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    Ponder Guest

    Hiya brian.

    Did you remove the device straight away or did you leave enough time for
    it to finish writing first?
    Ponder, Feb 28, 2008
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    brian Guest

    I did wait as it was only a few 25 Kb text files for a test. I even did the
    safely remove hardware method.

    I guess it just could be defective?
    brian, Feb 29, 2008
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    Ponder Guest

    Hiya brian.

    Well that excludes the early disconnect possibility.
    It could be. Try formatting it and copying the files again to see what
    Ponder, Feb 29, 2008
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    brian Guest

    Yep I tried that too, it will then show the full 16Gb in the drive
    properties window, and when files are copied to it I can open them from the
    drive, but after the drive is removed and inserted again, I can't see the
    files. But under the properties window it shows that there is space being
    used on that drive.
    Something weird here.
    brian, Feb 29, 2008
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    Ponder Guest

    Hiya brian.

    Weird is right. What happens if you run chkdsk on it?
    Ponder, Feb 29, 2008
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    PeeCee Guest


    I had one do that, took it back and the second did the same, changed to
    another brand all OK.
    Retailer said a lot of them had done the same, probably best to take it
    back/get refund.

    PeeCee, Feb 29, 2008
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    DaN Guest

    That's why you should be wary of buying electronics at shows.

    DaN, Feb 29, 2008
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    Bert Guest

    This might be interesting for you:

    Bert, Feb 29, 2008
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    Tell the s/w to "remove device" before you unplug it.
    Rick Merrill, Mar 1, 2008
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    Mitch Guest

    Yes; how about file name differences?

    What format is the originating drive using?
    What format is the flash storage?

    Is there a difference in the file naming requirements?
    (Punctuation, spaces, length, extension length?)
    Mitch, Mar 17, 2008
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