USB Problems

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Djamiel., Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Djamiel. macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I have a Kingston DTSE9 G2 - 64Gb,
    The USB is only used to play video files on my PS4.
    I've had it for a few months now working fine up until last night.

    For some reason the permissions on the USB changed to read only.
    I decided to format the volume in Disk Utility but it won't work.

    I've provided a screenshot:

    http://imgur.com/KaaP4R7
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020

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    Click the "Done". Then select the USB drive in Disk Utility again and try to erase it again. There seems to be a bug when trying to erase USB thumb drives that errors the first time.
     
  3. Djamiel. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Didn't Work.
     
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68020

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  5. Djamiel. thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. CoastalOR macrumors 68020

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    "it happens" refers to a possible hardware problem. I've heard of hardware failures that have resulted in a read only symptom and is not repairable. I'm sorry that my posts were not a solution for you. Good luck.
     
  7. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Try to format on a Windows PC. If it fails there, too --- replace.
    They're less than $30 (and can be disposable).
    I agree with CoastalOR.
    I have dozens of flash drives, all brands. Sometimes they fail. It happens.
    (Don't choose a flash drive for your only storage. Always have backups.)
    If you want to contact the manufacturer about warranty for an item that is less than $30, then you have my permission to proceed with that.
     
  8. Djamiel. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, my next plan was to try a windows format but i'll have to wait for that.
    It's a first for me, really disappointed as i took time out to find the perfect USB stick,
    Only to have it fail on me a few months later because 'It Happens".

    "For an item that is less than x" Really?
    It shouldn't matter how much i paid for it,
    I bought a product and it failed on me during proper use within a few months of purchase.

    But maybe you can let me know how much x should be for me to demand a warranty on what i bought.
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    How much "x" should be is entirely up to you...

    I was not suggesting a limit to warranty value, only stating that your flash drive retails at less than $30. Your time to get an RMA for the return, and paying to return your defective drive can quickly consume a lot of that...
    You don't need to "demand a warranty"! Kingston warrants your flash drive for 5 years, AFAIK, so Kingston has a process on-line for obtaining an RMA, shipping it back (at your expense), and getting a warranty replacement.

    I expect that is one reason that the manufacturers commonly sell those sticks in multi-packs. They know there will be a certain number of failures (and most folks don't pursue replacements for low cost items, I bet, even if there is a warranty)
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    Sounds like the drive has failed.
    Be happy that it "locked itself" into a "read only" mode. At least you can still get data off of it.
    It could have just gone "completely dark" -- nothing at all.

    I understand that regular SSD's can fail the same way (get locked into "read only" mode).

    My suggestion:
    Don't buy another Kingston flash drive.
    Buy another brand, like Sandisk.

    USB flash drives (for the most part) have become disposable "throwaway" devices.
    To be used until they fail, then replaced.
     

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