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Saving Project to Thumb Drive

Posted 26 February 2009 - 07:10 PM

I routinely make backups of my VB 2008 projects, using Windows Explorer, copying the entire project file to a thumb drive. For some obscure reason, a couple of days ago it suddenly stopped working. Specifically, the project is fine on the harddrive, can be copied to a backup area of the harddrive, but when I copy it to the thumb drive, I get an error message indicating the file can't be found. This is not a new process--I have been backing up projects for several years and never encountered anything like this.

When I click on the project folder, it shows the typical files. When I doubleclick on the .sln file, nothing happens (meaning the file does not open as it does on the harddrive). Solution Explorer shows a .vb file. When I click that, I get the "Can't find the file" error. Other projects on the thumb drive open with no problem, but I am hesitant to overwrite those with "new" versions that may not work.

Any insights into the cause and possible cures for this aberrant behavior would be sincerely appreciated!
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Re: Saving Project to Thumb Drive

Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:09 PM

There could be a few different reasons for this strange occurrance:

The most likely is that your virus scanner is picking up the files on the thumb drive and scanning them. While your virus scanner has a hook on the files they can not be opened by their respective programs.

Another option is that your thumb drive is dying. Thumb drives do die. They're only good for a certain amount of read/write cycles.
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Re: Saving Project to Thumb Drive

Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:25 AM

I thought it was the thumb drive, too, and rushed out to buy more. However, when I tried to open the file this morning that I used last night--it no longer works. That is, the app that I was using last night now has a "Can't find the file" error.

I never thought about the virus scanner, and really appreciate the suggestion. I will appreciate it even more if it works! I will try it shortly and let you know what happens (if anything).
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There could be a few different reasons for this strange occurrance:

The most likely is that your virus scanner is picking up the files on the thumb drive and scanning them. While your virus scanner has a hook on the files they can not be opened by their respective programs.

Another option is that your thumb drive is dying. Thumb drives do die. They're only good for a certain amount of read/write cycles.

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Re: Saving Project to Thumb Drive

Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:42 AM

Disconnected from Internet, disabled MacAfee (ComCast)--no effect. The application that I used last night (and have used on a daily basis for months) still has the "Can't find the file" error, and will not open. I even deleted and re-installed VB--no effect.

I am getting spooked, because this is happening on my harddrive as well as the thumb drive. I am reluctant to open (or save, or work on) any other VB applications until I find out what the problem is. I am currently rebuilding the broken application from a text file that I saved a week ago. Fortunately, it is a fairly simple utility application. However, I have other applications that took more than a year to develop, and the possibility of losing them is a bit stressful.

Whatever is going on seems to affect both the "originals" on my harddrive, and the backups on various thumb drives. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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