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    Exclamation NTFS USB Issues

    Hey guys, have been having serious issues transferring files to an external USB stick of mine (2GB, NTFS) lately under Ubuntu 12.04. The stick works fine under Windows and I can even read files from it under Ubuntu, but as soon as I write something to it, it corrupts the filesystem

    Basically, it mounts fine and I can copy/read files from the USB stick but when I paste a file to it for example, I get the below window after I click the dismount button:



    ^It basically plays in a loop and never completes (10-15 minutes) so you just pull the USB out, but when you put it back in, you get the below error and the file system is corrupt, meaning you lost all your files



    It's weird because if I dismount the drive from sudo'd nautilus, I don't get the 1st window but still get the 2nd error when I try to mount it again....As well, I have 2 internal NTFS harddrives (SATA 2) that get automatically mounted at boot and I can read/write to those just fine....
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    Re: NTFS USB Issues

    100 views and no suggestions?

    I also forgot to post the output of "sudo apt-get ntfsfix /dev/xxx" which was a suggested troubleshooting tip I found online:

    Code:
    Mounting volume... NTFS signature is missing.
    FAILED
    Attempting to correct errors... NTFS signature is missing.
    FAILED
    Failed to startup volume: Invalid argument
    NTFS signature is missing.
    Trying the alternate boot sector
    The alternate bootsector is usable
    Set sector count to 3913988 instead of 3913925
    Rewriting the bootsector
    The boot sector has been rewritten
    ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0xe384910e  size: 1024   usa_ofs: 39399  usa_count: 32751: Invalid argument
    Record 0 has no FILE magic (0xe384910e)
    Failed to load $MFT: Input/output error
    Volume is corrupt. You should run chkdsk.
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    Re: NTFS USB Issues

    Try formatting the flash drive FAT32 to see what happens.

    NTFS really isn't the ideal file system to use on a 2 GB flash drive anyways.

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    Re: NTFS USB Issues

    FAT32 may or may not work better but that is beside the point as I explicitly want to get NTFS USB drives working under my Ubuntu partition....The fact that it is a 2GB stick in this case shouldn't matter either as I have 16GB+ sticks as well...
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    Re: NTFS USB Issues

    Format the USB stick and try it again. It should work with Ubuntu again.
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    Re: NTFS USB Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by sammiev View Post
    Format the USB stick and try it again. It should work with Ubuntu again.
    Format the USB stick under which OS? I've tried that multiple times and the stick was healthy each time after the reformat...Until I copied some files to it again.
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