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usb drive corrupt

On Thursday 04 August 2005 4:30 pm, John.Boland at wrote:
> Folks,
> I've got a 1 gig Lexar USB thumb drive that has been working well for
> about a year.  I've been using it for backups and to transfer files from
> Linux to M$.  The drive appears as a DOS partition.  Recently, when I
> insert the drive into a Windows box (2000, 2003, XP), M$ says that the
> drive is corrupt!  However, I can still mount it using a couple of Linux
> boxes and a MAC.  There is no corruption that fsck can detect.  I have
> tried several Windows machines, all with the same result.
> Any ideas, explanations, wild-ass guesses???
Just to add to John Boland's suggestion, which I agree with. 
First, copy the entire contents of the drive to a local HD. 
You can use tar (or zip) to make an archive. 
Once you know everything is copied and your data is secure, then you can 
reformat the drive. I would probably use Windows to do this.

Remember, that under Windows, you need to tell the OS to unload the drive. 
On Linux these days all you need to do is to remove the drive, but a umount 
never hurts. 
Another +linux -Windows

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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