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any damage occur when we formate pendrive?

Postby bioinfo » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:11 am

I use linux OS.So whenever i use my pendrive with windows OS,many time pendrive cant work properly in linux.so i have to formate it .I herd that formatting can damage the inbuilt software system of pendrive.Is it true??Plz reply me..
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Postby JackBean » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:26 am

I guess you should rather ask someone experienced with Linux, pendrive or PC at all ;)
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Re: any damage occur when we formate pendrive?

Postby Slipshod » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:53 pm

This is occuring as Windows and Linux OSs use different file systems from one another. Linux uses ext3 file system and Window uses NTFS. NTFS is a proprietary filesystem used by Microsoft Windows NT and above which Linux often has problems reading.

I seriously doubt you have to worry about damaging any inbuilt software on the pendrive. Many pendrives don't even include such a thing unless it has some special security software for protecting the contents of the drive from unauthorized individuals. However, if you do lose some software that came from the manufacturer you should be able to download it from their website.
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Postby bioinfo » Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:40 am

How can i know that software of pendrive is damaged..
My pendrive is of Transcend company(4Gb).Is my pendrive have any security software?
My old pendrive is of Moserbear but i was not felt any such problem with that.
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Postby Slipshod » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:07 pm

I did a quick search for a 4gb pendrive from Transcend and I didn't notice one of that size with security software included. Without knowing which model of pendrive I may not know all the particulars. However, I again, seriously doubt you have to worry about formatting causing any damage.

If you ever need to recover any data from it though you can always do a google search for "pen drive repair software download" to get free software to recover any files.

All a pen drive is normally used for is the storing of data, it is generally taken as a given that it will be occasionally formatted. It would be very shoddy for them to manufacture a pen drive that would be damaged by doing so. I have regularly deleted any included software off pen drives and formatted them repeatedly with no issues popping up.

I have seen some pen drives that get 'locked' from being able to read or write on it, but searching for and using random free pen drive repair software has always worked for unlocking a pen drive during the few cases I have experienced. I really wouldn't worry about it.
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Postby bioinfo » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:22 am

thanks for above information.
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