Memory stick wipes out hard drive!?

February 18, 2009 at 23:07:41
Specs: windows xp
I brought A memory stick (Kingston) into a client's office
with home consulting work on it (pc) that needed to be
transferred. The computer I work on in the client's office
later was found to be corrupted and the hard drive wiped
out. The official client ITs explanation was that my memory
stick was corrupt thus corrupting the computer hard drive.
Is this common or even possible? I don't know the details
about the nature of the "corruption" (documents or USB
drive) but I feel like Typhoid Mary here. What do you think

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February 19, 2009 at 02:29:16
It is extremely unlikely that your memory stick corrupted the hard drive. The two items are on two completely different sub-systems within the computer.

What could happen is that you introduced a virus in the clients computer via the memory stick, but I am sure you would have taken precautions against that eventuality.

What really happened is anyones guess without some forensic examination of the evidence.


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February 19, 2009 at 05:05:00
Were you able to access the memory stick from within Windows and do what you needed to do?

As StuartS stated it MAY not possible to determine the cause but one common cause of hard drive data corruption is installing a hard drive larger than 127GB in a computer that is NOT 48 bit LBA compliant. I am providing a link below to explain with that is.

A second common reason is defective memory. You can test the memory on any PC using memtest86. This utility installs to, and boots from a floppy or CDR. The second link is for memtest86.

The hard drive could also be defective. You can run drive fitness tests supplied by the drive manufacturer to verify that.

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