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USB Flash Drives

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by Pnoahjones, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Pnoahjones

    Pnoahjones Flightless Bird

    My friend saved a word document and came back to a new computer and his flash
    drive said that the data was lost or corrupt. My question is he said that he
    couldnt find the safely remove hardware button at our college computers so he
    just pulled it out after saving would that make his USB go bad? What makes a
    USB Flash drive go bad? and also as someone in the IT tech Field what do i
    tell people to prevent this there USB going bad?
     
  2. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    Flash drive should be only used for copying data from a hard drive to
    another location.
    Flash Drives can differ in quality

    "Pnoahjones" <Pnoahjones@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:54F4166E-99CB-4A7F-B3F4-10C6A7CA6793@microsoft.com...
    > My friend saved a word document and came back to a new computer and his
    > flash
    > drive said that the data was lost or corrupt. My question is he said that
    > he
    > couldnt find the safely remove hardware button at our college computers so
    > he
    > just pulled it out after saving would that make his USB go bad? What makes
    > a
    > USB Flash drive go bad? and also as someone in the IT tech Field what do i
    > tell people to prevent this there USB going bad?
     
  3. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Yes, if he pulled it out while it was being written to. Or the drive
    could have just failed. You can't "prevent" a drive from failing, but
    you can avoid corrupting it by not removing it while it is being written to.

    Pnoahjones wrote:

    > My friend saved a word document and came back to a new computer and his flash
    > drive said that the data was lost or corrupt. My question is he said that he
    > couldnt find the safely remove hardware button at our college computers so he
    > just pulled it out after saving would that make his USB go bad? What makes a
    > USB Flash drive go bad? and also as someone in the IT tech Field what do i
    > tell people to prevent this there USB going bad?
     
  4. JoAnn Paules [MVP]

    JoAnn Paules [MVP] Flightless Bird

    Did he save it directly to the flash drive (poor practice) or did he save it
    to the hard drive then copy it over to the flash drive (preferred method)?

    --
    JoAnn Paules
    MVP Microsoft [Publisher]
    Tech Editor for "Microsoft Publisher 2007 For Dummies"



    "Pnoahjones" <Pnoahjones@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:54F4166E-99CB-4A7F-B3F4-10C6A7CA6793@microsoft.com...
    > My friend saved a word document and came back to a new computer and his
    > flash
    > drive said that the data was lost or corrupt. My question is he said that
    > he
    > couldnt find the safely remove hardware button at our college computers so
    > he
    > just pulled it out after saving would that make his USB go bad? What makes
    > a
    > USB Flash drive go bad? and also as someone in the IT tech Field what do i
    > tell people to prevent this there USB going bad?
     
  5. Steve Rindsberg

    Steve Rindsberg Flightless Bird

    In article <54F4166E-99CB-4A7F-B3F4-10C6A7CA6793@microsoft.com>, Pnoahjones
    wrote:
    > My friend saved a word document and came back to a new computer and his flash
    > drive said that the data was lost or corrupt. My question is he said that he
    > couldnt find the safely remove hardware button at our college computers so he
    > just pulled it out after saving would that make his USB go bad? What makes a
    > USB Flash drive go bad? and also as someone in the IT tech Field what do i
    > tell people to prevent this there USB going bad?


    1) Always save to the local hard drive then COPY the file to removable
    drives/flash drives.

    2) Conversely, always copy from the removable to the local HDD then open the
    files from the HDD.

    3) It'd be worth looking into why he couldn't find the remove hardware button,
    but at the very least, it'd be wise to wait a few seconds or a minute after
    writing to the drive and before removing it.

    Finally, the data on the drive may be corrupted but the drive itself probably
    hasn't gone bad.
     
  6. James Silverton

    James Silverton Flightless Bird

    JoAnn wrote on Tue, 9 Feb 2010 11:07:10 -0500:

    > Did he save it directly to the flash drive (poor practice) or
    > did he save it to the hard drive then copy it over to the
    > flash drive (preferred method)?


    I'm not disputing your advice, which is doubtless correct, but why?

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not
     

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