Flash Drive Question

By ptim
Jun 26, 2007
  1. I have 2 different brands of Flash Drives, both are 1 gig a piece. I tried loading songs (MP3's) on them, they got about 3/4 full and stopped, and I couldnt load anything else. I thought maybe the drives were bad, I formated them both and tried it again, same results. There is probably 275-300 megs left. Is this common with Flash Drives.

    Update: I tried different types of files other than MP3's, I pretty much filled it up. This may me be stupid, but, is it possible that it doesnt like MP3's
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    "stopped" means what? The computer powered off? The screen froze? The little file icons stopped flying across the copy dialog?
    Maybe you have a problem reading the MP3 files, not writing them? Try copying the bunch to another directory on your hard drive.
  3. ptim

    ptim TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 74

    The computer quit sending files to the flash drives, when I get home from work, I'll try to send the files to another directory or drive. It may be certain MP3's that it cant read. I'll also get the error message.

    I tried the MP3's, they all played fine.
  4. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    This could be an example of spyware or file fragmentation.

    Were the mp3's purchased or downloaded using a peer-to-peer filesharing program such as Limewire, Kazaa or Ares? If it's the latter, spyware gets thrown in with the files. That could explain the mysterious extra space on your drive that is unusable.

    You can also defrag a flash drive. See if that helps.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    ditto. I agree with this advice and concur.
  6. ptim

    ptim TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 74

    I ran some spyware, caught a few bugs, I tried to copy MP3's to the flash drive again, and it worked fine. So I'm going to assume that it was infected files.

  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    always protect your system with an anti-virus and anti-trojan programs.
  8. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    I advise using 3 anti-spyware utils. The 3 I recommend are:

    • Ad-Aware 2007
    • Spybot Search & Destroy
    • AVG Anti-Spyware
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