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 Post subject: Memory stick for use with Mac's and PC's
PostPosted: November 28th, 2013, 8:00 pm 
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My wife has had three memory sticks fail on her in the last 9 months, the most recent one was just purchased two weeks ago. She took it to Staples and they said the possible cause is because she uses it in Mac's and PC's. Anyone know a reliable memory stick to use?


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 Post subject: Re: Memory stick for use with Mac's and PC's
PostPosted: November 29th, 2013, 4:04 pm 
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Whoever told you that doesn't know what they are talking about.
As long as it is formatted in FAT it is usable in either mac or pc, and reading and writing to it from one os to another has absolutely no effect on it's reliability. What is important to do though is to 'safely remove' the drive in windows and be sure to 'unmount' it on the mac before it is pulled from the usb port.
When you say 'fail' do you mean the drive is completely unusable or can it still be formatted and reused even though the data on it is inaccessible before reformatting?

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 Post subject: Re: Memory stick for use with Mac's and PC's
PostPosted: November 29th, 2013, 7:49 pm 
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betamaxman wrote:
Whoever told you that doesn't know what they are talking about.


Yup.

Improperly ejecting won't render a thumb drive unserviceable, though it could go corrupt; reformatting will fix it. To avoid, properly eject.


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 Post subject: Re: Memory stick for use with Mac's and PC's
PostPosted: November 30th, 2013, 2:13 pm 
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betamaxman wrote:
Whoever told you that doesn't know what they are talking about.
As long as it is formatted in FAT it is usable in either mac or pc, and reading and writing to it from one os to another has absolutely no effect on it's reliability. What is important to do though is to 'safely remove' the drive in windows and be sure to 'unmount' it on the mac before it is pulled from the usb port.
When you say 'fail' do you mean the drive is completely unusable or can it still be formatted and reused even though the data on it is inaccessible before reformatting?

When she goes to use the stick, it says it needs to be formatted. I thought it was a strange potential cause, but she ejects it properly each time and she's had 3 separate ones fail on her now. I have no explanation for why it keeps happening, especially after this last one was just 2 weeks old. She could go to Sites and Bytes and they'd look at it for a minimum of $50 but that's outrageous.


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I can't say what could be corrupting the file systems on the drives other than the obvious two mentioned except I doubt the drives them selves being the culprits. However perhaps it's time for a drop box account for files and flicker even gives you a complete tb of space for free for pictures. So backup elsewhere as well from now on. Also if your pc and mac support dvd ram discs they are great for files as they act just as flash drives do as you can copy and delete to the drives with out the need for burning in the usual way and they are pretty quick. Even rewritable dvds can do this now as well if I am not mistaken. Any way for flash drives it is hard to go wrong with lexor or Kingston. Also there is an app for reading and writing to ntfs for the mac now. Free for linux but might costs $ for the mac, go figure. :D
http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.ca/

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socktan wrote:
betamaxman wrote:
Whoever told you that doesn't know what they are talking about.


Yup.

Improperly ejecting won't render a thumb drive unserviceable, though it could go corrupt; reformatting will fix it. To avoid, properly eject.

Agreed.

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I've been telling her to back up to Dropbox or Google Drive but she doesn't always have internet access so she needs a thumb drive.


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