Flash drive info needed

Posted: 01-20-2009, 10:21 PM
Windows XP SP2

Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.

Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed. Thinking
I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations that
I have on this system. It didn't fly.

Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?

100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I was
better off with a Remington, paper and pen.



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Pegasus \(MVP\)
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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-20-2009, 10:46 PM

"Mist" <pequod@spam.com> wrote in message
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> Windows XP SP2
>
> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
> burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>
> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
> Thinking
> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations
> that
> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>
> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>
> 100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I was
> better off with a Remington, paper and pen.
It depends on what exactly you mean with "hosed". Can you give some details?

You ask "Is there something about flash drives I should've known but
didn't?" Probably not but there are a few other things you need to be aware
of:
- Important files must never be stored on a single storage medium.
- When backing up regularly, one must alternate between two
backup media to avoid destroying the only good backup copy
with a corrupted one.
- Backup files must be checked regularly.

Flash disks cost about as much as two reams of paper but store vastly more
information . . .


olfart
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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-20-2009, 10:52 PM

"Mist" <pequod@spam.com> wrote in message
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> Windows XP SP2
>
> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
> burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>
> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
> Thinking
> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations
> that
> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>
> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>
> 100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I was
> better off with a Remington, paper and pen.
>
>
>
> ---
>
>
>
whattya mean "not worthy"
if they were important than they should have been saved on 2 different types
of media...stored in 2 different places.
Flash drives....as well as ANY other type of storage device can and will
fail.
Donate your computer to a worthy charity and go back to your worthy
Remington


Big_Al
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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-20-2009, 10:58 PM
Mist said this on 1/20/2009 5:21 PM:
> Windows XP SP2
>
> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
> burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>
> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed. Thinking
> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations that
> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>
> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>
> 100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I was
> better off with a Remington, paper and pen.
>
>
>
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I never used the 'safely remove hardware' icon in the tool tray for
years. But at some point I started having issues removing a SD chip
from my built in reader. Since it happened after SP3, I got support
from MS and they said you should always click the safe to remove before
removing it.

I'm no expert but I've been told it has to do with flushing the buffer?
I follow the practice now reliably. Just for the heck of it since it
sounds like a good idea. But as others have said, I make a copy on the
PC and a copy on the drive and use a program to backup that checks all
copies. I also do image backups of the data onto a USB HD.

At todays prices, 2 thumb drives and a 250Gig external USB are of no
cost compared to you 100,000 words and 8 months.
Bill in Co.
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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-21-2009, 03:53 AM
Hosed? What does that mean, specifically? It's a bit ambigous.
If they potentially got erased or possibly damaged, you should stop using
the drive, and could try to use a good unerase utility to see if you can
recover some of them. The more you write to the drive, the less the chances
of recovery.

Mist wrote:
> Windows XP SP2
>
> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
> burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>
> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
> Thinking
> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations
> that
> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>
> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>
> 100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I was
> better off with a Remington, paper and pen.
>
>
>
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Pauli Taglia
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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-21-2009, 04:17 AM
"Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote:
>Hosed? What does that mean, specifically? It's a bit ambigous.
Just an informed WAG:

"hosed" = corrupted and/or unable to be opened.
>If they potentially got erased or possibly damaged, you should stop using
>the drive, and could try to use a good unerase utility to see if you can
>recover some of them. The more you write to the drive, the less the chances
>of recovery.
>
>Mist wrote:
>> Windows XP SP2
>>
>> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
>> burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>>
>> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
>> Thinking
>> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations
>> that
>> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>>
>> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>>
>> 100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I was
>> better off with a Remington, paper and pen.
>>
>>
>>
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M.I.5
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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-21-2009, 09:14 AM

"Mist" <pequod@spam.com> wrote in message
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> Windows XP SP2
>
> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
> burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>
> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
> Thinking
> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations
> that
> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>
> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>
Yes there is. FLASH memory has a limited number of erase/write cycles.
Important files should never be saved to FLASH memory of any type as the
sole repository.


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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-21-2009, 09:14 AM

"Mist" <pequod@spam.com> wrote in message
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> Windows XP SP2
>
> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of being
> burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>
> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
> Thinking
> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible combinations
> that
> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>
> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>
Yes there is. FLASH memory has a limited number of erase/write cycles.
Important files should never be saved to FLASH memory of any type as the
sole repository.


Mist
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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-21-2009, 05:14 PM
Pauli Taglia <paulitag@crmstory.com> wrote in
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> "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>>Hosed? What does that mean, specifically? It's a bit ambigous.
>
> Just an informed WAG:
>
> "hosed" = corrupted and/or unable to be opened.
>
>>If they potentially got erased or possibly damaged, you should stop
>>using the drive, and could try to use a good unerase utility to see if
>>you can recover some of them. The more you write to the drive, the
>>less the chances of recovery.
>>
>>Mist wrote:
>>> Windows XP SP2
>>>
>>> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of
>>> being burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>>>
>>> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
>>> Thinking
>>> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible
>>> combinations that
>>> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>>>
>>> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>>>
>>> 100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I
>>> was better off with a Remington, paper and pen.
Thanks for the WAG.


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Re: Flash drive info needed
Posted: 01-21-2009, 05:21 PM
"Pegasus \(MVP\)" <I.can@fly.com.oz> wrote in
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> "Mist" <pequod@spam.com> wrote in message
> news:Xns9B99B0A141Apequodispcom@207.46.248.16...
>> Windows XP SP2
>>
>> Use a flash drive to store important files not quite "worthy" of
>> being burned to disc constantly. Mostly text, QP, WP, pdf, rtf, jpg.
>>
>> Discovered a few minutes ago that all of the text files are hosed.
>> Thinking
>> I may have mis-saved, I ran them all through all possible
>> combinations that
>> I have on this system. It didn't fly.
>>
>> Is there something about flash drives I should've known but didn't?
>>
>> 100,000 words, 8 months - suffice that I'm a very unhappy camper. I
>> was better off with a Remington, paper and pen.
>
> It depends on what exactly you mean with "hosed". Can you give some
> details?
>
> You ask "Is there something about flash drives I should've known but
> didn't?" Probably not but there are a few other things you need to be
> aware of:
> - Important files must never be stored on a single storage medium.
> - When backing up regularly, one must alternate between two
> backup media to avoid destroying the only good backup copy
> with a corrupted one.
> - Backup files must be checked regularly.
>
> Flash disks cost about as much as two reams of paper but store vastly
> more information . . .
Unreadable, unsupported format.

What I think happened is: a Word Perfect corruption and power losses
while the drive was in operation that evaded my power backup.

Thanks to disc backup, base was recovered. Might turn out to be a better
story saith the muse.




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