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

Claire Potter claire.potter99 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 17:07:26 BST 2019


> Hi Steve, how would you make a zip file? I have opened Zip files before today, but never made one. 
> 
> Claire Potter
> Potter's place, where technology comes to life!
> www.pottersplace.me.uk
> NVDA Certified Expert 2019. 
> 
> 
> On 7 Oct 2019, at 17:03, Steve Nutt <steve at comproom.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> 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
> 
> 
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
> 
> 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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