[BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Mon Oct 7 17:02:18 BST 2019


Hi Claire,

If you want to squeeze them a bit, put a load of JPG files into a zip file,
compress then back it up.

This does make more room for error though, as you have to extract them.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Claire Potter <claire.potter99 at gmail.com> 
Sent: 07 October 2019 12:31
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?

Hi Mo and David,
Thank you both for your answers, that's the second time that has happened to
me, I do normally use Dropbox for most backups, but I have to be careful
with photos because I have a lot of them, so before I know it half my space
is taken up with photos in Dropbox, and as far as I know, unless you have
2tb or more space on your machine, it is quite hard to store data in the
cloud, even if that plan allows for that amount of storage. I know that JPG
files can be quite big, so they can take up a lot of space over a short
amount of time. 
Claire Potter
Potters Place, where technology comes to life. 
www.pottersplace.me.uk 



-----Original Message-----
From: David Griffith <daj.griffith at gmail.com> 
Sent: 07 October 2019 12:13
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?

I would personally extend  this caution not just to flash drives but to all
external drives.
I always try to ensure critical data is both in the  cloud and also on
external drives.
It is a belt and braces approach but I would only surrender this approach
for data I was prepared to lose.
David Griffith


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From: Mobeen Iqbal
Sent: 07 October 2019 12:09
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?

Hi Claire. I would always back up your files to dropbox and not rely on
flash drives solely for storage. Flash drives can fail without warning, I
found that out the hard way whilst my pen drive was backing my assignments
for year 1 at college up to my computer. I had to rewrite them. I can't tell
you how much that hurt. If the files are important, pop it in the post and
send it across and I'll see what I can do with it. If not, I would be
careful with what you put on that specific drive in future.

Cheers,

Mo.


On 07/10/2019 11:05, Claire Potter wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> Oh dear, I think I just made it worse, I probably selected the wrong 
> option, but I went into properties and did the error check, it did the 
> repair, and now my drive is totally blank and all my photos are gone, 
> trust me to do that! Thank you anyway, not sure if I'll get them back now.
>
> Claire Potter
> Potters Place, where technology comes to life.
> www.pottersplace.me.uk
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgson.io>
> Sent: 07 October 2019 10:44
> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
>
> Hi,
>
> Its likely the drive was removed without ejecting it and data was 
> being written to the drive.  If you go into the drive properties one 
> of the options there is to run a file system scan and this is what you 
> need to do in the first instance.  I have also seen drives just die on 
> me for various reasons, so that is something you may need to think 
> about.  Before going that route though I would reformat the drive.
>
> Andrew.
> ________________________________________
> From: Claire Potter [claire.potter99 at gmail.com]
> Sent: 06 October 2019 21:31
> To: BCAB
> Subject: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
>
> Hi all, I apologise for cross-posting this, but am wondering if anyone 
> can help with a very odd problem. I have a pen drive which I use to 
> store all of my business photographs, that's the only files it has on 
> it, all in JPG format. Today I went into the pendrive to look for 
> something, and noticed that the first 8 files have become 
> inaccessible, their names just have a load of latin symmbols, and I 
> can't open them at all, what's even stranger is that if I try and 
> delete them, nothing happens, and if that's not enough, if I go into 
> the pendrive using my mac, I can't  see the files! Does anyone have any
ideas of what could be wrong?
>
> Claire Potter
> Potter's place, where technology comes to life!
> www.pottersplace.me.uk
> NVDA Certified Expert 2019.
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