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I have 2 USB key drives, and if I write files to them on one of two computers, then try and read them on the other (or sometimes the same computer) they are sometimes corrupt.

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  • mcderd Oct 30, 2008

    Yes the computers are running XP PRO SP3 and Vista Business.



    I have been clicking the 'safe to remove hardware' link each time I have removed the key drives anyway.



    I have reformatted the key drives, tried them just with a couple of text files, and they worked ok, no data loss, but after I had put more data on (about 1 GB) (1 drive is a 4GB the other is a 8GB) they started playing up again.

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Are the computers running lower than windows xp? if they are you need to disconnect the usb drive from the option near your clock before you take it out, on windoxs xp or vista you can just pull out the drive pen without disconnecting it.

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