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Usb memory stick wont play any NEW video files, but will play all existing files!! :@

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  1. spanish89

    spanish89 Thread Starter

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    Ive got a 32GB memory stick.
    It has about 24GBs of video files on it currently.

    However when i put any new video files from my laptop onto it, and then try opening the, my video player just wont play any of them!! :mad::mad:

    The video player opens, but instead of showing the video timer as 0.00/3.20mins (to show that is has 3.20mins of video in the file which it will play),
    it just shows 0.00/0.00 as the timer, and wont load the video at all!! :mad:


    The current video files i have on there all play fine, but any new files i put on in the exact same format just wont play!

    And it also f**ks up the video file itself just by being put on there though! :mad:

    As i have a video on my laptop which plays fine, i put it on the memory stick and it wont play, i transfer it back from the stick to my laptop but the file then still wont play, and so has been corrupted somehow just by being placed on the memory stick!


    Can anyone please please help??
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    I recommend you copy all of your data off the USB flash drive, format the drive, run CHKDSK /R on it, then copy all your files that you were adding and see if they will play. If they do, copy the rest of the files back to the flash drive and test again the last ones copied.

    There is an anomaly with some cheaper flash memory that when filled to capacity, the data becomes corrupt. Most professional photographers have learned the hard way to never fill flash memory to full capacity.
     
  3. spanish89

    spanish89 Thread Starter

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    Hi and thanks for reply.

    Is there any other method apart from that though please??


    As ive already got 24GBs of video stored on there that will play sucessfully,
    and so i don't want to risk deleting all that off and formatting the stick,
    just to then find that i cannot even put a single MB on video back onto it... :(
     
  4. Elvandil

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    You should have them backed up, anyway, since data is lost easily from those sticks.

    Alex Ethridge has given you the best advice.
     
  5. Alex Ethridge

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    On its face, that statement is predicated on accepting a possibly defective device as a place to store your data.

    Data you have only one copy of is data you don't care about. So I suggest you copy the data to your hard disk, then burn it to CD or DVD. If you intend to erase it from your hard disk, make another CD or DVD copy before doing so.

    Pictures/videos, even seemingly insignificant ones, are a record of the experiences of your life. Based on 64 years of life, 47 of which, I have amassed over 15,000 personal family photos, I have learned that pictures and videos become more important as time passes. I advise you to take more care. Back up your data. It takes only one hard disk failure, tornado, fire, flood, theft or other kind of accident to destroy a single copy. I have five copies of all my data here at my home and shop and two more copies stored at my son's home about 30 miles from here. Slim chance that his and my home would suffer a catastrophic loss at the same time.

    I hope it doesn't take a catastrophic loss for you to see the importance.
     
  6. spanish89

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    THanks... :/

    I guess il just have to buy a new memory stick and upload all the videos and pics onto there.
     
  7. osarius

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    Bad move. Buy an external hard drive instead. They are cheaper per GB than memory sticks, hold more data and are less likely to fail. They also run faster and I've never regretted using mine.
     
  8. Alex Ethridge

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    That is entirely subjective. It depends on the needs and preferences of the user.
     
  9. spanish89

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    Cheers for the advice.. :)

    Ive checked and theres brand new 500GB capacity hard-drives selling for £6!! :eek:

    Wheras my 32GB memory stick cost about £25.



    Do hardrives work in exactly the same way as memory sticks though??

    In that i just connect it to my laptop through a usb cable, and then can transfer videos and photos onto it, storing them on there in the exact same way i would on a memory stick??
     
  10. Alex Ethridge

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    Yes.
     
  11. osarius

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    Certainly do :) Good luck!
     
  12. managed

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    Got a link to these £6 500GB drives ?

    I might buy a few dozen.
     
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