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First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:36 PM

I got a corsair 16gb flash drive from ebay for 31.00. They retailed for just under 50.00 so i figure i have a good deal and corsair has a good warranty.

Is there some program that you would use to "format" a used one or anything else you would do to it?
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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:41 PM

I would first attempt to view any and all deleted files on it... laugh after I restore them.... send them to the IRS for fraud... then use windows plain ol 'reformat'.
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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:26 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 20 June 2010 - 07:41 PM, said:

I would first attempt to view any and all deleted files on it... laugh after I restore them.... send them to the IRS for fraud... then use windows plain ol 'reformat'.


How or what would you use to recover data? And windows' reformat is good enough? just asking :)
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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:41 PM

I'm not sure on the Corsair but I know on the San Disk they use to have that stupid U3 thing built in and the only way to remove it was to get the uninstall and then format it after. No amount of formatting will get rid of the U3. You have to be careful though as you don't want to cause the USB to read it's actual size incorrectly in the process. However I don't think the Corsair has the U3 system in place so then a simple format would suffice. Although I must say, I don't know anyone these days using USB drives anymore. I put all my files online through a cloud storage setup and just access anything that way or through Dropbox.

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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 21 June 2010 - 12:21 AM

I would do what modi said only if I found inappropriate pornography I would black mail the person who sold me the device.
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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 21 June 2010 - 04:56 AM

yup, I do what modi said anytime I get used storage devices :)
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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:43 PM

View Postcoden4fun, on 21 June 2010 - 01:21 AM, said:

I would do what modi said only if I found inappropriate pornography I would black mail the person who sold me the device.

This.
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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:51 AM

I think it's always best to whisper to the owner...
Hey you forgot to delete some pics...but don't worry I deleted for you
The face alone is priceless!!
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Re: First thing you do when you buy a USED usb flash drive is......?

Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:52 PM

View PostAlknight, on 10 July 2010 - 07:51 AM, said:

I think it's always best to whisper to the owner...
Hey you forgot to delete some pics...but don't worry I deleted for you
The face alone is priceless!!



Odd that your very first post is a reply to something like this in a coding forum. But I kinda agree with you.
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