usb flash drive immediate data loss / corruption

I just got a 1Gb brandless USB flash drive and it doesnt seem to be able to hold data very well.  I will copy over 700Mb worth of MP3's and tops 280Mb of them.  often times the rest just plain wont even appear in explorer.  and anything i try and copy after that will just be corrupt data.  Ive tried reformatting, repartitioning, using hp usb formatting utility, FAT16, FAT32, clearing all the data, no disk errors are found, windows sees no problem with it.  Ive got linux on my computer too if i need to use some more hard core tools.  it almost seems like the way this thing references data is wrong, like a bad table or something wrong physically maybe?
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
try it on another PC, if it is there misbehaving, i would say it is a bad drive
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you tried using your linux to copy data to the drive, does it happen there too? If yes, you have a bad drive and should get a warranty replacement.
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samchanCommented:
To avoid data loss or corruption, when copying is finished, do not immediately remove the usb flash drive from the USB port. Instead, left-click on the Remove Hardware icon located in the System Tray of Windows XP.

For more details, please refer to http://www.wellesley.edu/Computing/Flashdrive/

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f-kingConnect With a Mentor IT support technicianCommented:
Hi
it could also be bad music files or data files.
good Luck
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davensAuthor Commented:
worked similarily bad in linux, but through a google image search I was able to find the manufacturer:
http://www.starsway.com/doce/upan/products5.htm
pretty shady, but Im gonna check out their drivers and see if theres anything that will fix it if its a software problem.
performance is the same on any machine and its definitely not the data's fault.  Ive copied over text files and they end up having messages from binary files in them and garbage.
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davensAuthor Commented:
drivers didnt do anything.  Theres no chance of getting this back on warranty, so i opened it up and it looks like crap inside.  looks like it was soldered by hand and i think i see a pair of shorted pins on the memory chip.  im going to take it into the lab tomorrow and check it out.
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nobusCommented:
be sure you and the soldering iron are well grounded
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davensAuthor Commented:
I looked up the datasheets for the controller and flash chip (K9F2G08U0M).  the flash chip is 256M x 8bit.  Thats 256 megabytes....   They put the wrong chip in here.  Im emailing the manufacturer. haha.
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nobusCommented:
yes, errors can happen everywhere . . .
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