Storage forum: Dead flash drives? What's going on here?!

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) May 9, 2008 1:42 PM PDT

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Dead flash drives? What's going on here?!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 5/9/08 1:42 PM

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Three times--once each with three different flash drives, and
on six different PCs--I've had the experience of finding that
the computer won't recognize the drive, and the data on the
drive has become inaccessible. I see this is a common
problem. Other users ask for advice on the Web, and nobody
seems able to offer any solid information on this occurrence.
In none of my incidents has the flash drive been dropped,
heated, frozen, or dropped into a liquid or run through a
strong magnetic field. One day they work; next day they
don't. Anybody know why or what could be causing this issue?
And whether my data is permanently lost in such cases? Three
times, three different flash drives can't be a coincidence!
Please help! Thank you.

--Submitted by Paul L.

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