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Old 08-14-2010, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Flash Drive file sizes

I have a Sandisk Cruzer 8 GB that I was putting some files on for backup and such and accidently got some system files and/or the Local Settings folder on it (or something like that). Then when I was getting the stuff off and did properties on the folder it said it was 30 GB. When I tried to delete or go in it a box came up the said the file or directory (I'm not really sure which) was unreadable or corrupted. I tried plugging it in a different computer and deleting them but the same message came up. I can rename the main folder but not the folder in it. I was thinking about moving everything off the drive and reformatting it but is that a good solution or not???

When I do properties on the whole drive is only shows as being about half full. Which is what the other files on it add up to.
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It might have corrupted some files in there, saying false sizes of data.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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About the only thing you can do is remove the good data that you need, and reformat the drive, this is a sign though, that the flash drive could be at the end of its life span.

I have a flash drive that lets me write to it, but not read from it, it thinks it has roughly 1tb worth of data on it, but its only a 4gb flash drive.
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I had a 16MB Dell flash drive. It said it had 1GB in there. Died soon after.

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I was able to delete some of the files but when I try to go in the folders it says "Cannot delete: Cannot read from the source file or disk". I got the drive on Black Friday of 2009, but I have used it a lot. So would formatting be the best way to do it.
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At this point, it's worth a try, but I want to wager that the drive, has reached the end of its life.
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