Can Not write to USB Flash drive

Hi I have a client with a USB flash drive, sony. I am trying to copy files to the f:(usb drive) and I get an error that it can not create the file on drive. I am able to copy the file to one of the subdirectories but not the root directory. please help
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IanThCommented:
have you checked the permissions on the flash drive that the user is allowed to creata folder,

maybe thats why
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cooljai1Commented:
Does that system has Windows XP with SP2? in SP2, there is a setting which would prevent the files being copied into the USB flash drive. There is a registry edit to make this happen.
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WEINBERGERAuthor Commented:
IanTh. I am able to create folders and files in the sub directories of the flash drive. I have had a look and can not find a permissions setting. The drive itself does not have any switch for locking and unlocking files.

colljai1, next time I go I will check if SP2. If it is how do I correct the problem
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nobusCommented:
select the root directory, and select properties, look if it is set to read only.
Also look if the drive switch is not set to read only.
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Diane258Commented:
I have a dim reculiction of reading somethign about this before on this site. I belive the guy said that his Sony USB flash was specifically made NOT to allow files on the root directory but only directories. This was after the suggestion about reading the instruction manual.

But hey in any case, you can still put files on there !
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IanThCommented:
How would they manage that as its down to fat32 usually or ntfs formats. How did sony manage that when a user just formats it the way they want and not sony's way
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Diane258Commented:
How? i have no idea, i don't doubt that sony could make it that way if they wanted too.

I think it was made that way so that there wouldn't be alot of "clutter" on the device.
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nobusCommented:
i'm looking for the word...mmm is it : unbelievable?
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Diane258Commented:
Well you can lead a horse to water....
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IanThCommented:
the sony thing must have been a memory stick or something not a true flash device imho
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