Question I TB exFAT Flash drive corrupts all my files.

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Hello, I need help. My 1TB flash drive, with the exFat file system, corrupts all my files, times it will delete, some don't open.
I have tried changing the file system and it won't. What should I do?
 

USAFRet

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Hello, I need help. My 1TB flash drive, with the exFat file system, corrupts all my files, times it will delete, some don't open.
I have tried changing the file system and it won't. What should I do?
How much did you pay for this 1TB flash drive?
If under $150, it is absolutely a fake.

A $0.50 4 or 8GB drive, with firmware modified to report as "1TB". Whatever you had on that thing is gone gone gone. (actually, never was there in the first place.)
 
Jun 28, 2019
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Oooo. Just read the “can’t change file system.” I think windows has an override command you can use in the command line. Or find a Linux box and use Gparted.
 

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exFAT doesn’t support journaling, try formatting it in NTFS.
Most people, when they consider the implementation of a journaling FS, are concerned with FS resilience and data integrity.

With those goals in mind, NTFS is more of a Fisher-Price approach to journaling, since NTFS does not do data or block-level journaling--it is a record-oriented meta data only journaling approach--designed primarily as a performance enhancer rather than a means of enhancing data persistence.

Furthermore, all NTFS objects are files. Metadata is stored in files, and the journal is just a file stored at a midpoint within the FS boundaries. As such, all NTFS structures are subject to fragmentation (NTFS does not self-defragment), corruption, and loss--leading one to reasonably conclude that NTFS installations don't age very well at all.

If your goal, in using a journaling FS, is data integrity, you would be far better-off using a non-ms, data-journaling filesystem; and maintain multiple back-up copies of your data.
 

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