USB Problems

Djamiel.

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Nov 27, 2015
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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
 

CoastalOR

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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.
 

CoastalOR

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Well i'm here to find a solution, "it happens" what does that mean? That it's unrepairable?
Does my warranty on this device cover that?
That thread is of no assistance.
"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.
 

DeltaMac

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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.
 

Djamiel.

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Nov 27, 2015
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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.
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.
 

DeltaMac

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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)
 

Fishrrman

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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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