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Terabyte+ thumb drive limitations

Discussion in 'Notes For Members' started by Rvroush, May 20, 2023.

  1. Rvroush


    May 20, 2023
    Operating System:
    Windows 8
    .mkv video files over 80 in sequence copied to non-corrupt 1- or 2-terabyte thumb drives (formatted as either FAT32 or exFAT) yield "cannot render the file" errors when the thumb drives are plugged into 2 separate laptops (1 running Windows 8.1 and 1 running Windows 10) and a generic video player is used to open the files (there is over 650 Gb of free space on the thumb drives). These specific files open from the hard drives of both PCs and from a Western external hard drive without fault. Is this a thumb drive storage issue? How can this be fixed so that a great number of video files can be opened from the thumb drive itself and played? The "cannot render the file" files, when copied back from the thumb drive back to a PC's hard drive yields the error; these same files open and are playable from the original source. Is this an inherent limitation with Tb flash drives that I must accept, or is there a workaround (provide workaround resolution steps)
  2. plodr

    plodr CHF Advisor CHF Advisers

    May 31, 2017
    Operating System:
    Windows 7
    There are lots of fake 1 TB thumb drives. The cheapest I've seen costs $90.
    Source: https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=1+terabyte+flash+drive

    Chances are the drive is NOT actually 1TB but much smaller and the 80 files did not get copied. No one makes a 2TB USB stick for the public as of 2022.

    Fake 2 TB sticks https://www.amazon.com/2tb-usb-flash-drive-Drives/s?k=2tb+usb+flash+drive&rh=n:3151491

    Grab the first program mentioned here h2testw and see the real capacity of the sticks you bought.
    allheart55 (Cindy E) likes this.
  3. Tony D

    Tony D Administrator Administrator

    Sep 25, 2009
    SE Pennsylvania, USA
    Operating System:
    Windows XP Professional
    That tells he something got lost during the transfer.

    Just throwing out some ideas here.
    • When you copy the file back from the thumb drive, is the copied-back file the same size as the original?
    • Try copying files to another flash drive.
    • Could the thunb drive be dropping out momentarily during the transfer due to power limitations? Try another USB port on the machine or maybe better yet, try connecting it to a powered hub while transferring.
    IJAC and allheart55 (Cindy E) like this.

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