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I have 2 (Unknown [coloured red] Hong Kong) USB 2 GB Flash that cause the computer to freeze up when storage reaches about 250 MB.

I tried formatting but this also causes the computer to freeze
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by:pgm554
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Sounds defective.
Try running a chkdsk on the drive and see what happens.
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by:Christieau
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One froze the computer at Cluster 62273 of 506909

The other froze at Cluster 7839 of 63479
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by:pgm554
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That is sounding like a defect.

You say you have 2 of these and they both act in the same manner?


Run chkdsk /f  and see if it stops at the same sectors.

If it does,you can try one more thing,try going into disk admin and delete the partition and try to reformat.

If that doesn't work ,I would say you have a solid hardware error and look at trying to get a replacement.
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by:Christieau
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How do I run "chkdsk/f" and how do I get to disk admin?
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by:nobus
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first, test the drives on another PC, to be sure they are causing the problem.
if you want to run chkdsk /f, you can do it in the recovery console, when booted from an XP cd.
disk admin : start>my computer>rightclick it --> manage
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by:Christieau
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I use 98 but the Flash drives didn't work on an XP either.
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by:nobus
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>>  I use 98 but the Flash drives didn't work on an XP either  <<  there is your answer : they are simply bad
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by:rindi
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Are both computers older? Maybe they only support USB 1.1, while the flash drives prefer USB 2.0. Normally You can use USB 2.0 devices on USB 1.1 ports, but this may not allways be true, particularly if these drives are new they might no longer be meant to work on old USB hardware. Test them on a new XP computer.
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by:Christieau
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Both are USB2. Local Flash Drives (250MB) work perfectly.  One computer is less than a year old.  (Acer Laptop)

Each came with an installation disk.
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by:rindi
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To make sure this is a hardware problem, get a copy of knoppix, boot your PC(s) with this CD and use it to check your flash drive.

http://knoppix.net
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by:Christieau
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The Hong Kong suplier (Xprime Ltd)has asked me to send it back and he will send a replacement.  I find it hard to believe that 2 of them failed, but...
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by:nobus
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...it can happen - maybe a wrong scan at the airport ?
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by:pgm554
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Sounds like a bad batch of chips.
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by:Okigire
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I would agree.  Have you waited?

For me, expreiences with bad hard drives and other USB storage devices (including a bad flash drive) did just this.  You would copy something until the defective cluster/area and the computer slows to a crawl and freezes.  At this point, I believe Windows is still trying to process/access/copy the files onto the flash drive.  Eventually you'll get an error -- dont' remember what it is, but something about failed write-back(?) error.

If you have the opportunity, I would try and get a refund because this supplier doesn't sound very good at all... bad batch of memory chips as pgm554 mentioned.  If refund is not an option, then try the new replacement.  Excercise it to its full potential - copy many large files on there, and copy them back-- then test them.  Do the same thing wil small files, and then some programs.  Run it thoroughly.  The last thing you want is to have your stored data corrupt itself a couple weeks down the road when you really need it.
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Try (on a different computer if available) formatting the drive in NTFS instead of FAT32
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