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    USB Flash thumb drive queston

    Hope this comes under a Windows issue but I have bought a 512gb USB 3.0 off the internet for the 1st time and I am sure it was to cheap to be true.(NZ$25) I tried H2testW to test the capacity but it was going to take way to long so I have been loading photos and videos on over night and after being transferred and try to play or look at "some of them" I'm getting a error saying "can't open the file".Should I get a refund or is something else going on.Not to worried about this as it just shows I should stick with HDD. I will try to fill it up and if the capacity is untrue I will have more of a case. Maybe the properties are missing or something which is my fault'
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    If the drive shows in Windows Explorer/File Explorer can you right-click it and go to Properties to see the size? Or maybe in Disk Management it will show the drive and its size?

    I use a 64GB Lexar Thumb drive the other day to create the factory restore drive and the Windows process had to reformat it. Turned out Windows has a limit in that it can only format FAT32 up to 32GB but the remainder of the drive couldn't be worked with in Disk Management as all choices were grayed out, had to reformat in Linux to FAT32 to get the full 64GB.

    As for your 'fault', maybe the drive came to you formatted as something else? Do you trust the vendor you got it from?

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    Hi Berton,it came as exFAT and I ran a quick format for luck. Properties say 511 GB so maybe its good, BUT there is no way its 3.0 as I have it in my 3.0 USB and it is so slow but I'm alright with that for the money but I just worry about data loss in the future. I do trust the seller but only by the web site rating, they have asked if my goods are good and if I am happy but that is probably automatic any way .

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    A loss of only about 1GB is very good as there is always less capacity when drives [all types] are formatted than what is the advertised size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    A loss of only about 1GB is very good as there is always less capacity when drives [all types] are formatted than what is the advertised size.
    Its just that I read that a lot false USB are sold on line.

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    If you are concerned do a full format. It won't be fast but you will know how much of the drive works and bad bits will be marked as such.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    If you are concerned do a full format. It won't be fast but you will know how much of the drive works and bad bits will be marked as such.

    cheers, Paul
    Thanks for that Paul,I have always done quick format so will give this a go and see what it tells me. I am losing about 10% of all the pictures I am transferring onto it and not a single video will play. Just then when I pluged it in Windows told me there's a problem with it and will fix it but I will try your idea first. Pretty sure there is no fixing this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KIWIpeteW View Post
    ...Pretty sure there is no fixing this one.
    Sorry mate, after looking at your screenshot I think you've been ripped off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    Sorry mate, after looking at your screenshot I think you've been ripped off.
    Yeah Mate, will try for a refund or swap. Done with the testing as the format was going to take soooe long. At least I learnt about the full format option. (basics I know)

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    One way or another try for a refund after a wipe.

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    I am just looking at a computer catalogue which includes USB Flash Drives from a cheapo but reputable supplier.
    They show 128GB USB 3.0 'from only' 50 ~= $NZ119.

    Another online UK seller has
    512GB Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB3 Flash drive 319 ~= $NZ760.

    Thus your $NZ25 for a New Zealand version is an ABSOLUTE BARGAIN...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post

    Thus your $NZ25 for a New Zealand version is an ABSOLUTE BARGAIN...
    Not if he can only use 1oo MBs!

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    Perhaps I left out the <sympathy> HTML tag?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Perhaps I left out the <sympathy> HTML tag?!
    must be in the bit bucket
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