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Memory stick storage

Q: Memory stick storage

My friend has purchased a 32GB Memory stick. We have stored a file on the device and confirmed that it is there but when we remove the stick and re-insert it we get "this folder is empty" but if we look at the memory it shows that an amount of memory equivalent to the size of the file has been used. What are we doing wrong please?

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A: Memory stick storage

(I'm assuming that the 'memory stick' is not write-protected, because the available space was decreased after "the event")

Alright, I think I might've got the answer. But by 'memory stick' I presume that you mean either a USB-based flashdrive/thumbdrive, or a memory card like a Compact Flash card or a SD-card.

Because: my explanation will alter drastically if you mean that you actually tried storing a non-volatile piece of software on a volatile piece of hardware like a DDR RAM memory stick via 'pin modulation' etc.

Three explanations then, I'm assuming that you are using Windows. The explanation will be the same for most Macintosh and most Linux OS's (but not all).
"1." if you meant USB-drive instead of memory stick.
"2." if you meant memory card instead of memory stick.
"3." if you meant 'memory stick' as in RAM, Then my hat is off to you, sir.


1. You inserted a USB-drive, stored a file on it, removed it. Now the file is gone, but the space is occupied. How come?

Easy explanation:
Are you familiar with "Safely Remove Hardware"?

IF NOT: When you remove a USB-drive from the computer, you must (oftenmost) perform a 'Safe Removal'. If you look downright on your system tray when a USB-drive is inserted, you'll see a green arrow thingy called 'Safe Hardware Removal' or something like that. You will have to choose your USB-drive from a dropdown list when right-clicking this icon, in order to insure that your data stays on the disk when you remove it. A message will then pop up saying "It is now safe to remove your drive".

Take a look at this!

Are you sure you performed it? If you did, keep me posted!

More advanced explanation:
You see, when You wrote a file onto the memory, the cells inside the memory were charged in accordance with the data which you stored on the device. But keep in mind that the "name" of the file (more like the 'identity' of the file) is stored in a completely different way (in a volatile, non-permanent way) in order to enable a "possible" write of multiple files onto the device.

IF the device is removed without performing this "Safe Removal", then the data will stay intact, but the file's ID will end up as de-charged anti-neutrinos somewhere on the other side of cosmos. In other words: the PC will be un-able to identify the file, even though the data is there, and even though the data is occupying the total storage available.

You have now created something simply (and inaccurately) referred to as "Mémoire mort". Un-usable storage space, until reanimated using third-party software. Your file is there, but un-identifiable.


2. You inserted a memory card, stored a file on it, removed it. Now the file is gone, but the space is occupied. How come?

If you used an older OS like XP, this is something that happens from time to time as XP was not really designed with memory cards in mind (was it a kernel not being open enough? Never mind...).

If you simply removed the memory card as expected, but still cannot see the file, then you have not only lost the file's identity, but also the entire file.

Look at the advanced explanation on "1." -- but now instead of just the ID being stored in a completely different way, the entire file is stored in a volatile state. Without the 'Safe Removal' (which lacked serious support in XP for memory cards), the entire file is not written onto the memory chip/card. It also dissipates into anti-neutrinos unless I'm mistaken. BUT: the storage space which the file was used to 'inhabit', was 'reserved' for the file, and thus it was awaiting the file which didn't came = "Mémoire mort".


3. You somehow installed a RAM memory stick, stored a file on it, removed it. Now the file is gone, but the space is occupied. How come?

Ok, if you actually meant 'memory stick' as in RAM, that must have meant that you've got serious skills. Because memory stick can refer to the piece of hardware which is used by the CPU when working in OS-mode (and non-OS mode actually).

Now, I am assuming that you really didn't mean that you tried storing data on a 'stick' of RAM, but as I've seen alot more crazier things on TechSpot; here comes another explanation!:
You see; storing a file on a "memory" medium, requires that space is reserved for the file, and that this space is self-dependent. I.e. not requiring constant electrical current in order to stay active (which is btw. called a 'non-volatile' memory).

Non-volatile memory is commonly seen in USB-drives and floppies.

A RAM 'memory stick' is (read!) volatile memory. Thus if you actually meant RAM by saying 'memory stick', then you've de-volatilized a volatile memory, and thus lost all your stored data on that memory stick. (The reason why a computer needs re-booting, by the way )

The medium (RAM, memory stick) lost its power, and all its storage was 'purified'. And if you somehow performed this when the PC was on, then it means that in accordance with Lenz's law; you've shocked, and killed off some of the cells inside the 'memory stick'. Permanently.

: end of explanations :

So please, tell me that you simply used a USB-drive, and did not perform a 'Safe Removal' :haha:
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Simplest method:

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A:Possible to save to a memory card rather than a memory stick ?

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A:Memory stick

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A:memory stick

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A:Bad Memory Stick?

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Hi helenb102,

Welcome to TSG!

According to when I searched for usb flash drive, a USB flash drive and USB pen drive are one and the same:
Known By Many Names

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I already knew that, but wondered if indeed there actually was some difference - so, none!

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-- Tom
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A:Memory Stick

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A:Memory stick

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A:USB Memory stick not seen

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A:Memory on a Stick

Is each stick always recognized as the same drive, like the "f" is always "f" even if it is the only stick plugged in?

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Download them from "Dell" instead....

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Hello, RvBFanatic147, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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Try updating the drivers from here, search for your memory device.
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See if it shows up in Disk Management and if so, change the drive letter assigned to it there.

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Leave it as default FAT32 is a fine file system. I would not change it unless you need to. There are not many reasons to change.

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The drive is only in use when accessed,so it shouldn't be a problem.
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when you go to "my computer" and view the memory stick, does it show that the memory is full?
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When you back up nightly, do not backup to a thumb drive. Back up to an external hard drive, or at least that is my advice. I would use something like Acronis to have it auto back up your stuff you can rest worry free. On the mac, if you ever decide to upgrade to Leopard, Time Machine works amazingly well. I have had to use it and it is amazing.
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See if you can access the files connecting it to your PC
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XP will only install from a CD, there was no provision in 2002 to boot from a device not yet invented.
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As far as I know, Windows has a maximum drive count of 26 (the # of letters in the alphabet). I believe this is why your USB Device isn't showing up when you connect it. If my count is correct, when connecting this device you already have 26 devices connected. As a workaround, you could simply make sure that you never connect all 27 devices at the same time, but I'd suggest that you merge a few of your partitions instead.

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First thing to do is scan the flash disk then let the antivirus healed or fixed the file. If not healed or fixed, it means that the antivirus that you are using don't have yet the antidote of the virus to fix and heal the infected file. I may suggest to try any other antivirus that you know to scan the disk.
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Well, well. The memory stick worked when I first booted the computer this morning. But it is ignoring it as I type this entry. I went the 'safely remove hardware route when I removed it after writing a file to it. Strange....
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I have a ASUS P5B Deluxe motherboard and I was wondering if it is possible to boot from a USB Memory Stick. I have tried looking in the bios for something like a "boot from USB" setting but can't find anything. On my old intel board there was this option but I can't see it on my new ASUS board.

Can anyone help?

A:booting from a usb memory stick

If you mobo does not support usb booting, then no.
I do believe it is possible with Linux though
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Help please.
I have a trojan named:-
XCRACK\xKCARC\autorunme.exe on my memory stick.
Symantic Antivirus has quarantined it.
I would like to know if there is a way of removing it.
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I can't open my memory stick. My operating system is Window XP