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Cannot create files on USB drive - only text files - Is it faulty?

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A friend  has a USB key that we no longer seem to be able to create files on.

The key is 128Mb and about 75% free. The current files on it (Word / Excel docs) can be opened and edited.

I can use the new command to create a text file on the usb key and edit text within this file. I cannot however create any other types of files including fodlers. If I try and drag a jpg to it I get an error.

I no longer have the exact message to hand but it is different for different types of files but along the lines of no permissions or resource error.

I need to advise my friend who has no other PC to try the key out on. Can I assume they key is just faulty USB key? Unfortunetly remote location of person with problem does not have another PC to try it on.

Thanks for any input.
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you should try the key in another system; and if faces the same issue, then you can advise him to buy a new one :)
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I agree the key is probably failing. Not sure it is worth messing with such an old key and taking the risk of losing future files, a 2 GB key runs around $15 these days.
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also try it on the other usb ports, and - if possible, on PC's with another OS
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In this case, I would suspect the USB Device is infected by virus ...... Scan using the Anti-virus or Reformat the USB Device ..........
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