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Why did my flash drive become “read only” and (how) can I fix it?

I have a brand new flash drive (one week old) that has become marked as read only, by Windows, Kubuntu and a bootable partitioner. Why did this happen? Is it fixable? If it is, how can I fix this? ...
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Flash disk capacity turns from 32GB to 4MB

I have a brand new 32GB flash drive that was bought from Hong Kong but manufactured in China. When I plug it in, it's detected, and when I examine the properties of the drive the size is reported to ...
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Hibernating and booting into another OS: will my filesystems be corrupted?

IMPORTANT If you came here looking for an answer to this question, please read all the answers below. There are some testimonials from people who have lost data doing this. If you plan to do this ...
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Do hard drives lie?

In the days of old, I remember getting drive errors, but it seems that modern drives never report errors, but instead make a best effort to return you something. I recently had a hard drive fail, ...
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Does RAID 1 protect against corruption?

Does Raid 1 protect against data corruption? For example, let's say that I am keeping all of my important files on a NAS that uses 2 disks in a RAID 1. If one hard drive has some kind of internal ...
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Is it safe to disconnect a SATA disk during sleep?

Is it safe to disconnect a SATA disk during sleep Windows 7? Is the disk powered off when the computer successfully have entered sleep mode? This is not my system disk, it's just a spinning disk for ...
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Seagate Momentus XT corrupting files (Linux and Mac)

My Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive is corrupting files on Linux. I would appreciate help from anyone, but I'd particularly like to know if other Momentus XT users are able to reproduce this ...
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Is it safe to just yank an external hard drive if you know nothing is writing to it?

Yes, I know somewhat about the possibility of data corruption if there was data that hadn't been all written to it. But I just saw this: Note:If u remove HDD(not USB sticks) without safely ...
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Corrupted NTFS Drive showing multiple unallocated partitions

My external hdd with a single NTFS partition was accidentaly plugged out (kids!)... and is now corrupted. Iv tried running ntfsfix - with no luck - output below.. When I look at the disk under disk ...
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GParted errors on MBR Disk, Claims it's GPT. (It's mistaken, but why?)

It's very tempting for me to go on a rant here about GParted and Linux, but I'll do my best to avoid it. :) Question: Why does GParted claim that my disk is corrupted and GPT, whereas the Disk ...
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Hard Drive Caddy corrupting drives

Something very funny is going on with my External Hard drive Caddy. I am running Linux Mint 14. I had a laptop breakdown just before Christmas, removed the drive and placed it into a 2.5" SATA caddy,...
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Tool to repair MFT or NTFS journal on a disk which underwent failed hibernation

I've read through some of the posts related to corrupt or not working NTFS partitions, but without a proper solution for my case. Here it is: my system is SSD on mini PCI express (PCIe), with ...
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What to do with a USB hard drive that is not recognized by any computer

I have a USB HDD that was disconnected from a computer in an improper way. Since than, connecting this disk to any computer has almost no effect: the only thing that changes is the HDD's blue LED ...
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How to delete corrupt folder?

I have a folder on the desktop which is about 1.6 GB in size. When I try to open it I get a message like this: The file or directory is corrupt or unreadable Fortunately, I have a backup of that ...
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MicroSD card getting corrupted for no good reason

I recently bought an MicroSD card online. It's a Sandisk 16GB class 2. However, it has a nasty problem. Every time I fill it with my data, the fat tables get corrupted. I've tried reformatting it, ...
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How can I create a file with invalid Windows timestamps?

I'd like to create a file with an invalid created/modified/accessed timestamp. To be invalid it should be a date and time before 12:00 midnight January 1, 1601 C.E. UTC
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TrueCrypt: filesystem corruption: is it possible to lose all data at once?

I read that among various corruption risks is the filesystem corruption, that also affects TrueCrypt volumes, like any other system.I would like to know if it is possible that a corruption in some ...
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Repairing a corrupt exFat file system

Long story short : I messed up my GPT and went on to try to fix it without asking anyone, just searching around. Didn't turn out too well. Right now all I'm concerned about is a 500GB that I ...
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PC won't boot from flash drive after computer hibernated (grub on hdd corrupt too)

I had 3 OS installed: Windows 7 , Fedora 17 and Mageia 2 in my Acer Aspire 4253 laptop. I deleted the partition of Mageia and my grub got corrupted. I didn't have an installation DVD of either Win7 ...
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Ubuntu and Windows 8 shared partition gets corrupted

I have a dual boot (Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8) system. Both systems have access to an NTFS "DATA" partition which contains all my images, documents, music and some application data like Chrome and ...
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btrfs restore specific directory

I have a damaged btrfs filesystem, and I am using btrfs restore to restore it. It seems to work. The problem is that the damaged filesystem is quite huge, and I need only to restore just one ...
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Windows 8 To Go corrupts host desktop's drive

I'm testing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview's To Go functionality and created an installation of Windows 8 on an external HD (instead of a USB stick). I can attach this drive to my main desktop via an ...
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Chicken and Egg: Can't Restore System Point and Can't Run Scan-Disk

I have an awesomely evil hard-drive corruption of some sort going on with my Windows 7 installation. Whenever I schedule a scandisk and restart, Windows tells me that the hard-drive is corrupted and I ...
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In/out-error, lost document

I had a document in a folder on a flash drive, and when I went to open it, it was nowhere to be found. Initially I thought it was something wrong with the USB stick where the folder was located, but ...
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Does flash-memory integrity depend on system resources while reading/writing (like CDs/DVDs)?

Question I’m really concerned that flash-memory is just not reliable as a storage for irreplaceable files. Does anybody know if the integrity (corruptibility) of flash-memory (flash-drives, memory-...
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Recover a corrupted exFAT volume under OS X

I have a external drive that is formatted as exFAT. It does not show up on my system when I plug it in. When I run Disk Utility, the drive appears on my system but I get the following message: ...
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SSD and corrupted master boot record

I have a 120GB INTEL X25-M SSD as the main drive which boots windows 7 (about 2 months old). Recently my pc would hang randomly and boot only in repair mode. No automatic repair or recovery image ...
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Linux media box/mail server suffering filesystem/RAID errors, kernel panics

In the past week, the mini-ITX machine I built myself to serve mail and Samba shares has kernel panicked twice with filesystem-related stuff. Last night I noticed integrity errors when streaming a ...
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Corrupted files, hard drive test?

I'm currently on a macbook with a 1TB external hard drive connected trough a USB hub wich is connected on my macbook. The problem is, my disk, wich is partitioned in 2 (one HFS+ and one NTFS) keeps ...
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How to fix file system errors in VMware

My VMware server behaves strangely recently. It turned out to be a file system error. I ran the following command: voma -m vmfs -f check -d /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.600508e00000000075b722086590fd04 ...
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Recover truecrypt partition without MBR + recovery disk?

I destroyed my mbr and have no truecrypt rescue disk. However, I do know my password and my encryption setup (e.g. hashing functions and ciphers used). This happened after an upgrade to version 7.0a ...
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Folder appears as a single file in Windows XP

Basically my cousin just called and said that one of her folders of pictures now is showing as a single file in windows explorer, and when she tries to double click it, the "Open With" dialog is shown ...
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Why can't I delete a file marked as a socket from my linux ext3 filesystem?

I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 with a ext3 filesystem. A while ago I was hacking on the flock 2.0 source and I have just tried to delete the source directory, but a single file could not be deleted when ...
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Unprocessed orphan inode list in VirtualBox VM

Recently while using my VirtualBox VM, the system crashed. Afterwords, the VM would no longer boot (I am using Vagrant). In my troubleshooting, I turned on the VirtualBox GUI and found that the ...
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Windows 7 clean install becomes corrupt after reboot (repeated many fresh installs)

My laptop keeps crashing on boot after clean Windows 7 install. Ok, here is the story, and some fact. Computer: Samsung NP900X3C-A04HK (256GB SSD, 8GB RAM) OS to install: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (not ...
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Unable to format USB due to old file corruption

I accidentally corrupted some files on a 4GB USB when I tried to install extensions and apps to a portable version of google chrome. I tried to format the USB, and it failed partway through the format....
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Difficulty removing corrupt directory

I have two disks in raid 0. I ran fsck on them and long story short, didn't fix it completely. I found it is all in a single directory. I dont mind losing this dir completely so i tried to rm it. I ...
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Windows XP - found.000 folder on external drive, access denied, can't delete and there's no Security Tab

I tried to run a disk defragmentation, but it said there is this folder called found.000, corrupted, on my external hard drive (FAT32), it came after a chkdsk, when I try to access it, it says "access ...
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Data Recovery from a USB with exFAT file system that gone RAW

I have a 64 GB USB with exFAT (with 4096 byte Unit Allocation Size) file system. I have connected it to a Bus entertainment system which was running Android to listen my music within. It didn't see my ...
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Filesystem corruption (?) and appropriate use of fsck

Last week at work, our linux server (CentOS 5.5) was unresponsive to log in attempts, so I had to hard shut down it. After pulling out a couple of disks, on boot up it reported a degraded raid array ...
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Retrieving data from an encrypted corrupt Windows disk - any way to access it from Linux?

My Windows system disk crashed (taking away tons of personal and work related files) This disk was encrypted using BitLocker The IT guy did his thing using some BitLocker recovery tool and gave me a ...
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Windows 10 - Remote access failed error. Start Menu, Action Center, Cortana, cannot be opened

After receiving some updates from windows, right when i'm clicking one of the Start Menu, Action Center, Volume , Battery, LAN Button in the taskbar here is the log that i receive from event viewer. ...
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Windows 8 - DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth Crashes - Error Code 0x800F0906

Background Info: I have a virtual copy of Windows 8 Pro x64 running on Oracle Virtual Box. When I try to install update KB2977766-X64, I receive error code 0x80073712. This occurs when I use both ...
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Corrupt DLL “Netutils.dll”

I have never encountered this particular error before so any help will be fantastic. I had a computer reported to me that wouldn't allow the user to log in, then the user reported that they couldn't ...
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How to recursively restore older folder version in Windows 7?

While working on the computer (Windows 7 - HP Laptop), I tried to move a large folder and the system/operation froze. I tried to kill the process from the task manager, then restarted the computer. ...
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After a repair/chkdsk, all NTFS junction points are gone

I've been repairing a Windows 7 64-bit installation. In the process, the Windows partition was subjected to several rounds of automatic repair, chkdsk, sfc, even a volume shrink. Long story. Anyway, ...
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Recovering Corrupted TrueCrypt Data?

I recently attempted to set up an encrypted TrueCrypt folder (non-hidden) on my USB Flash Drive. Before doing anything I copied all the files on the USB to my computer's harddrive. I then deleted ...
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Repair corrupted directory files

Last time I used my computer, it ran out of battery and turned off while I was working. Now when I restart it and try to start my web browser, it reports that files were corrupted. I cannot reinstall ...
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Hard Disk NTFS restoration

I know there are many restoration-related articles (read through some of them), however my scenario seems to be less generalizeable and the data is critical, so any serious recommendation will be much ...
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Unable to delete corrupted files

I have an mp3 player which has somehow gotten corrupted. In some folders where there used to be mp3 files, its suddenly gotten these weirdly named gibberish files. Screenshot is below: Notice also ...