Please help, I cant access my old vault on 16 GB flash drive

April 30, 2017 at 00:24:02
Specs: Windows 7
Please help, I cant access my old vault on 16 GB flash drive. This happened after I updated the vault software. Whenever I open this message pops up...a vault from previous version was detected..
Thanks in advance, anyone

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#1
April 30, 2017 at 02:03:24
It seems that the vault you created with the old software may not be compatible with the new version.

Re-install the old version so you can (hopefully) access the files in the vault on your pen drive.

Don't update the vault software unless you have a good reason for doing so, just because there's a new version available doesn't mean you must install it.
If the old version was working okay you should not have updated it.

Personally I never use pen drive privacy software anyway because of the risk that files may become inaccessible, which is what has happened to you.

I just copy files to the pen drive in the normal way, and if I don't want anyone else to see them I put the pen drive in a secure place out of sight.

Furthermore, you should always keep backups of your pen drive data on another storage device in case you have problems with the pen drive. It seems you didn't think of that.

You should never use a pen drive to store files for which there are no backups!

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April 30, 2017 at 06:25:47
You should never use a pen drive to store files for which there are no backups!

One cannot repeat this advice by phill22 enuff... So many seem to believe that flash drives.memory sticks are secure and safe storage media; when the simple truth is they're not...

They were designed for temporary storage - portable media for use when perhaps travelling etc.; knowing that the original content is safe elsewhere. Both on the source computer and/or ideally on DVD at least (and even another external hard drive too is nice/r).

Sadly the number of "I've lost my files, or can't access them, on my pen drive/flash drive/memory stick" cries never seems to decline...

Likewise don't update a working system unless it's absolutely essential - not the least firmware, and much utility software... If it "ain't broke - don't phyxe it" is the best advice regarding updates...


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