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Re: [tlug] Files copied to USB thumb drive completely gone

On 2009-11-02 21:46 +0900 (Mon), Dave M G wrote:

> Do USB thumb drives wear out and just die?

Yes, they do. The usual sort of flash memory handles a limited number of
writes in any particular block, and then starts failing.

Always backup everything. Really. I back up my CDs.

> Later, when I got home, I connected the USB drive to my home computer
> and... nothing. It's completely blank. Wiped clean of any files. There's
> one hidden directory called "Trash-1000", and it's empty.

That looks like some sort of copying error, and not a typical flash
memory failure.

Curt Sampson       <>        +81 90 7737 2974
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