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Installation problem for portable apps on USB "memory stick"

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  1. topsy

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    Immediately after purchasing an 8 GB USB flash drive with the intention of running portable applications off it on the various Windows XP machines I have to use, I had installed the Portable Apps Base (http://portableapps.com/suite) and then through it, several applications, including OpenOffice Portable, Firefox portable and Tucan Portable.

    Probably after using the drive on one of my office computers, some files and folders seemed to become corrupted. After trying unsuccessfully to delete mysterious, un-openable files with special characters in their names that appeared seemingly from nowhere, I formated the drive.

    After formating, I was able to copy data and music files from my computer's hard drive to the flash drive correctly. However, I am now unable to properly re-install the PortableApps Base program on the flash drive. Thus, the main purpose of buying it is
    defeated.

    The PortableApps software does seem to install, but when I double-click on the StartPortableApps.exe icon on the flash drive
    (F:\Software\Portable\StartPortableApps.exe), I get various error messages. Sometimes the message says that only part of the read request could be executed, and sometimes I get "StartPortableApps.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close". I got the latter after scanning the drive with an antivirus (no virus detected) and then checking the drive for errors (F -> right clock -> Properties -> Tools -> Error checking).

    As a lay person, my guess is that something necessary for properly installing the programs was lost when I formated the drive. However, I do not see why this should happen, because the hard drive on my home computer has been formated more than once when it became infected, but there was never any problem with installing software afterwards.
    I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me how to install the software on the flash drive again.

    Regards.
     
  2. The_Oracle

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    Welcome to TSG:

    start, run, type cmd an click OK. in the command box, type chkdsk f: /f and press enter.
     
  3. topsy

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    Thanks. This is what I got -- "unrecoverable error in folder software". I am attaching the screen as a pdf.
     

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  4. The_Oracle

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    press Y for yes :)

    when done, you'll find a folder FOUND.000 on your stick, delete the folder. and then reinstall your PortableApps.
     
  5. topsy

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    I did y and then y again ("convert folder to file" or something like that).

    But there was no "FOUND.000" folder on the stick. "Show hidden files and folders" was on, so nothing was hidden.

    Then I tried to reinstall. Result is the same as before - it crashes before opening.
     
  6. topsy

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    I have a program called "Eraser" and that does see "FOUND.000" - but when I run it on that folder, the run report says "there was nothing to erase"!
     
  7. The_Oracle

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    save whatever files you can access from your USB stick and format again.
     
  8. topsy

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    You are the man!!
     
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