How come my files always get corrupted and what can I do to stop it?

by on September 2, 2010

Q: Since I began using computers. I have always had trouble with diskettes (sm floppy), new or old. Now I have trouble with flash/thumb drives. I corrupt files which can not be opened. It doesn’t matter if it is a new computer or old, at home or at work. I seem to be the only one who has this problem. I am very careful with where I keep these things and with safely removing, I know other people who do not take care of their storage units. I am asking people “what could I be doing wrong to create this problem”. Someone posed the question to me “could I be physically putting out electrical or magnetic impulses”… Is this possible?

3 Responses to “How come my files always get corrupted and what can I do to stop it?”

    If you’re having trouble carrying your files around, try using on-line storage instead. is a great option.


    Great! I’ll look into it. But, what about the times I need it when I don’t have internet access?


    I highly doubt that you’re emitting strange energy waves that are causing your usb sticks/floppy drives to fail. If that were the case you’d be unable to use most electronic devices.

    Diskettes are notorious for always failing , so you’re not alone in having trouble with those.

    I’ve had USB sticks get corrupt as well, but there are lots of things to you can do to mitigate the risks.

    1. Don’t work off of your flash drive – If you’re working on a document, keep in on the hard drive while you’re working on it, and then only copy it to the USB stick when you need to transport it.

    2. Safely Remove the USB stick:

    3. Always have more than one copy of your files on more than one device. Example: Put it on your usb stick, and e-mail it to yourself.

    4. Get a new flash drive. If you have had your current drive for a while and it is starting to give you grief, consider picking up a new one, they are very very cheap: