Error reading pen drive

Parshwa Murdia b330bkn at
Thu Aug 19 03:31:23 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 3:24 AM, Patrick O'Callaghan
<pocallaghan at> wrote:

> It's also a practical necessity when you're interested in portability. I
> copy lots of large video files to my 8GB Kingston because I can just
> plug it into my DVD player -- which only groks VFAT -- and watch them on
> by plasma TV (some day I hope to spring for one of those network media
> switch boxes and save myself the hassle :-).

That's cool.

> However I do see an occasional problem: after a week or two of heavy use
> you can suddenly find that copying a file will just sit there for many
> hours with the pendrive light blinking (iotop shows it copying a few
> bytes at a time, or none). The only fix is to completely reformat the
> drive. I don't know if this is a problem with the flash memory's
> peculiar mode of operation, with the Kingston model in particular, or
> with VFAT fragmentation, but it's a pain when it happens.

Yes, I become unhappy when you see that your favorite videos have been lost :-(

> IOW, be very careful using these things for important data, and always
> keep a backup on your HD.

That is for sure to be done because now I am 100% assured and always
would recommend one to have the back-up in the hard-disk if you are
copying some important files to the pen-drive or your videos (which
you like most), which could eventually be lost!

Parshwa Murdia

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