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Corrupted USB drive after defrag


Grumpa

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I recently used SD 2 to defrag an 8GB flash drive and afterwards discovered that about half of the directory structure was damaged. Instead of the English names of the folders, I had a lot of them listed in strange little characters. I don't know if the files were this way or if there was actually damage to the data because when I discovered the prob I removed the drive immediately in the hopes of causing no further damage till I could find out what happened and how to fix it.

 

I had shut down everything I could that wasn't necessary and even turned off Pagefile during the defrag.

 

A couple of things of note:

I run 2 separate boot drives and the 1 I did the defrag from occasionally, ( for no discernable reason ) says that the flash drive requires a boot chkdsk. Also by accident I ran SD 2 from the install on the other boot drive, which I didn't think was even possible.

This flash drive had a lot of unreplaceable portable apps for diagnosing and repairing problems on the computers on my LAN.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Grumpa

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Your programs and data may well be damaged. Restoring them may not be possible. May I suggest that you try to locate 1 application on the Flash drive and see if it loads. Be sure to do this on a machine that you have complete control of and a Restore Point established.

 

A word to those who have not read the info about Solid State Drives and defragmenting--NEVER do it! A flash drive is the same generally as its SSD counterpart. The technology is not the same as a conventional HDD either.

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