Filesystem woes + Files marked as archive

E-machines / T6524
September 25, 2011 at 11:46:38
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After being frustrated with windows XP and its constant security problems, not being able to trust Microsoft much any more and a various other reasons like not using propitiatory software, I have decided to switch to Linux using ubuntu 9.04 a few weeks ago because I needed to use it for a specific wireless device it supported to get on the Internet. I am still fairly new to linux but am learning.

I have some problems with my usb device and maybe some kind of filesystem/virus problem on ubuntu.
First thing I noticed is that the Xorg process kept going to 100% cpu usage when I was not even using the system almost as if something else was causing it to go to 100%.

2nd, When mounting a usb drive the filesystem was marked as read-only after mounting it, was this caused by fstab/squashfs not mounting the usb correctly resulting in errors?

3rd, When rebooting back to windows XP on the internal HDD I see that all of my files on the usb drive have been marked with the "Archive" attribute in windows XP, this even happens when I make new blank files on the flash drive, they are always marked as archive, is this some sort of virus? After trying to access the USB it caused a Bluescreen of death but only once. If not what could cause this? It seems to have started with this one USB device then it spread to other devices. Since it was something possibly made in Linux for Linux what can I do to remedy this? I have a few ideas myself but am looking for suggestions.

What can I do to resolve this without formatting or erasing anything?


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#1
September 25, 2011 at 14:01:07
I don't know about your first two problems, but the third one is not a problem. The "archive" attribute identifies files that have changed since they were last backed up; unless you regularly back up your USB drive you would expect that attribute to be set on most, if not all, files. And, obviously, it will always be set on a newly created files.

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#2
September 25, 2011 at 14:35:24
It was not doing this before and I had checked it on a another usb drive and another computer, it does not seem to normally mark it as an "archive," Not saying you're wrong but it doesn't seem to do it on other machines.

Could anyone else test this? Put a usb flash drive in your computer, see if it marks any of the files as "archive" in windows XP. Post results, preferably screenshots with timestamps.


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September 26, 2011 at 00:03:34

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