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  • Frequent Instances of USB Drive Corruption

    I have XP Pro SP3 and use an external 4gb external drive plugged into a USB outlet.

    I have this setup using Second Copy S/W to back up data every day.

    This works most of the time but I frequently get an " unable to access this drive due to corruption " or similarly worded error messages.

    I resolve this by using the CMD Prompt and selecting "x: chkdsk /f " which has always corrected the fault. ( x: is the USB Drive in question )

    Can anyone suggest a reason why these messages should be re-occurring so frequently in this way .

    The results from the chkdsk run don't produce any errors.

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    Re: Frequent Instances of USB Drive Corruption

    What have you already tried to help you diagnose the problem?

    Try using ntbackup (or some other backup product) instead of Second Copy for a few days, and see if that helps. Try using Second Copy (and other products) from other machines and see if that helps. In other words, you need to find out if the problem is the software, the computer or the removable drive.
    Gareth Howells

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      Re: Frequent Instances of USB Drive Corruption

      Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
      What have you already tried to help you diagnose the problem?

      Nothing yet - since I can , so far , cure it with CHKDSK I had more or less decided to live with it

      Try using ntbackup (or some other backup product) instead of Second Copy for a few days, and see if that helps. Try using Second Copy (and other products) from other machines and see if that helps. In other words, you need to find out if the problem is the software, the computer or the removable drive.
      Thanks for the reply - I'll have a go at your suggestion and report back any results .

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