Can't copy anything from Kingston 2GB jump drive

January 4, 2013 at 05:15:20
Specs: Windows 7, 3.0 Ghz

I cannot copy anything from my 2 GB jump drive. I just put some things on it. I get a message that it cannot read from the source. "it" being two computers both XP. There is a folder on the drive with the name _223874_ . It has files inside with weird names like a folder says it's empty cannot open it's name is uf╬┬┘=.°a╦ . Next file uf╬┬┘=.°a╦ (3.66GB) next ±Öreqi√.x¡ù (2.15GB) last ╠Cαì╬Ö£r.(i░ (396MB)
I find this very strange. Maybe virus related? I mean could the jump drive have some infection? Going bad?

This is a Kingston 2 GB jump drive.


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#1
January 4, 2013 at 05:35:34

Can someone tell me where this was moved? I had to to to My Home on this website to find the message. I thought posting it in hardware was the correct place?
If not where does it belong? The problem is on 3 different computers one with 7 and the others with XP.

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#2
January 4, 2013 at 06:19:36

Scan the thumb drive for a virus, is it possible the drive is encrypting the data?

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#3
January 4, 2013 at 06:23:00

It has been scanned with MSE and Maleware Bytes
And I just tried to copy some things off. I got some things. Then tried to get more off it gave the cannot read error. I did not select all to copy because I did not want to copy the folder with the whatever.

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#4
January 4, 2013 at 06:56:04

This gets even more strange. I thought I had tried my Windows 7 desktop but never did. I just tried and looked inside the folder with the wierd name. It shows the dates modified. Some show 1981 some 1985 and one even shows 2047.
And it's been scanned with Super Antispyware. even though I got some files off I want to get to the bottom of this. It really blows my mind. Oh and yesterday I did boot up with a ubuntu CD. It pretty much did the same.

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#5
January 4, 2013 at 12:15:34

Have you been in the habit of using "Safely Remove Hardware" or have write caching disable on the drive before remove the jump drive from the computer. If write caching was still enabled for the drive and you removed it without using "Safely Remove Hardware" the information on the drive could have been corrupted.

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#6
January 4, 2013 at 12:35:36

If the stuff on the jump drive is of no value to you, then try formatting it and see if it works then.

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#7
January 4, 2013 at 18:16:38

I ALWAYS eject the drive. Sometimes for some reason I get a message cannot eject for some reason. When I get that I usually reboot or shut down and take the drive out. I never just pull it out while booted in windows that would be dumb. Also tried formatting. I got it all off now. I just would like to know what happened? I also ran recuva and it found only the favorites folder I had copied.

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#8
January 4, 2013 at 18:26:25

Can't be sure why it corrupted. Those drives do have a limited life. Is it an old one or have you used it a lot?

There is a virus that is passed via flash (jump) drives but I've no reason to believe this was the case. See my #3 on the following link which can prevent infection:
http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

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#9
January 4, 2013 at 20:42:35

Yep, I'd agree with Derek. Jump/Flash/USB drives have a limited lifespan. Even reasonably new ones will occasionally corrupt (even with proper usage).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#10
January 5, 2013 at 07:54:20

It has been used a lot. When needed I move everything off and use it to make like MSE boot disk and I have even used it to make a Dell diagnostic boot disk. I always format after I use for a boot disk. I would like to find some 64 MB or 128 MB usb's to use as boot disk. I ran scan disk on it and it seemed to fix it. The folder changed to a file and shrunk to 32 KB I only have 2 usb disk a 16 GB and the 2 GB I better move it all to the 16 GB if it is going bad..

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#11
January 5, 2013 at 08:29:52

Every time you use it the chip gets flashed (including when it is formatted). If you want to store important stuff it is best not to use that one.

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#12
January 5, 2013 at 09:02:29

"...I better move it all to the 16 GB if it is going bad."

What you need to do first is to back it up to something more dependable such as a DVD or multiple hard-drives. And you never want to "move" anything of importance anyway. "Copy" then delete the original source files when you're sure it's correctly copied; a file can get corrupted in the moving process if it doesn't completely transfer properly.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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