O.T. Survey Question Old Wives Tale of USB Corruption of Drive?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Russ - SBITS.Biz \(MCP-SBS\), Jul 2, 2006.

  1. Is this just good Practice? or a Real Danger
    (Not using the Safely Remove Device on USB Memory Devicies)

    Has anyone ever had Corrupt Data on a USB Memory Device, like a HD or Thumb
    Key?
    (By not using the safety Remove?) I've heard this Hundreds of Times. But
    never heard of someone actualy doing this.

    However, I have a USB Thumb Drive and USB Portable 2.5" Drive that I carry
    and Unplug thousands of times.
    And Never had 1 file corrupt with just unpluging the device with Years of
    doing this.
    Am I just being Lucky, for all these years, and thousands of times?

    Now if the Light is Blinking I know that you can Corrupt Data but I'd never
    do that. (DUH)

    Has anyone Ever seen this? (No, not Friend of a friend, but actuall
    Experiance)
    (Of course doing this while Read/Write will Cause Corruption for sure!)

    Please post I'd like to know what the results are.

    Russ

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    Russell Grover
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    Russ - SBITS.Biz \(MCP-SBS\), Jul 2, 2006
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  2. Never had a problem with a flashdrive.

    Never had file corruption with a USB hard drive (for backups).

    BUT, I have definitely had problems with free space being incorrectly
    recognized, bogus low disk space alerts, and similar when I did not
    first either use Safely Remove Hardware -OR- disable the device (in
    Device Manager or using the devcon command line tool).

    In one case, a drive's free space went to zero and - after trying many
    other methods - I had to reformat the drive.

    -- Owen Williams
     
    Owen Williams, Jul 2, 2006
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    I have corrupted a compact flash card by unplugging it. A format fixed it.
     
    Kerry Brown, Jul 3, 2006
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  4. Thanks for your replies,
    I guess I've been really lucky I guess, Because it's never happened to me or
    my customers?

    Russ

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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
     
    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 3, 2006
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    Andrew H Guest

    I've had a couple of corrupted FAT tables on a thumb drive under Win2K, but
    so far nothing under WinXP.
     
    Andrew H, Jul 3, 2006
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  6. I format my Thumb Drives with NTFS :)
    (I know I"m a Nerd)

    Russ

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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
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    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 3, 2006
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    David Elders Guest

    Haven't had that but have had a couple of Servers which didn't want to boot
    up while they had USB drives connected to them...

    D
     
    David Elders, Jul 3, 2006
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Intel motherboards? There is a setting in the BIOS to enable booting from a
    USB device. Turn it off.
     
    Kerry Brown, Jul 3, 2006
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  9. It may have had less to do with luck, and more to do with the setting for the
    USB drive in the OS.

    Sometimes, XP or 2003 or Mac OS X will recognize it as a removable device,
    and will disable write-back caching (which is what would cause such failures).

    You can manually turn off the caching, and then it will tell you that you
    will be able to remove the device without going through the exit clicks.

    If you haven't read from or written to the drive for several minutes, it's
    likely that even with caching turned on, you'll not encounter a problem. Of
    course, YMMV.
     
    Greg Kirkpatrick, Jul 3, 2006
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  10. Darn and I thought I was lucky..
    (I guess I don't need to buy that Lotto Ticket after all )

    :(

    LOL

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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
     
    Russ - SBITS.Biz \(MCP-SBS\), Jul 3, 2006
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