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Re: USB drive destroyed by Linux?

On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 07:20:12AM +1000, David Pastern wrote:
> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 07:20:12 +1000
> From: David Pastern <david@dia.net.au>
> Subject: Re: USB drive destroyed by Linux?
> On Thu, 2005-07-28 at 05:53 +1000, Alan Ianson wrote:
> > On Wed July 27 2005 12:29 pm, Matej Cepl wrote:
> > >
> > > Unfortunately, as of today, the drive has refused to work -- both under
> > > Linux as well as with Windows (both 98 and XP Home). Even when inserted to
> > > Windows, the LED control is just still off and under Linux nothing lands in
> > > any /var/log/ file (of course, mount ends with failure -- /dev/sda doesn't
> > > exist). I didn't do anything strange with the drive -- just copying some
> > > files back and forth between two computers. Is it possible that the drive
> > > just dies without any apparent reason? Does it happen often to USB drives?
> > 
> > I have read that it does happen, although it has never happened to me. I mount 
> > my usb device as /dev/sda1 and have never had a problem with either of them.
> > 
> > 
> I had an Apple iPod Mini die in similar circumstances, but wasn't sure
> if it was the iPod or something that I did.  

  It happened to a friend of mine. He uses windows and pulled out usb
flash drive without stoping it first (in windows terminology). After
that you couldn't read/write anything from it. I think this is bad drive
design, as USB is hotpluggable by specs, and you may loose information if you
unplug drive in unapropiate moment, but you should loose your drive at

  Best wishes

Alexei Chetroi

Smile... Tomorrow will be worse. (c) Murphy's Law

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