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    My brother in law has music on a flash drive that he plays in his Honda. Every month or so he gets an error and the songs won’t play, and Windows then tells him the drive is corrupted and needs re format. Then it works again for a while.

    It’s happened with a few different drives, all name brand. They are Fat32 format. Any ideas?

    Thanks

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    • #2456991

      Toyota? BMW?
      Just to be clear is he actually reformatting?
      If it just conks out try cleaning the contacts, cars are dirty people,pepesi, pepperoni pizza, po… stuff being smaoked.

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      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #2456992

      Possible interference from a failing capacitor in the car’s charging circuitry or electrical noise from the alternator when it first starts spinning.

      Suggest to your brother-in-law that he disconnects the flash drive until after the vehicle’s engine has started then re-connects the flash drive after it’s started.

      If this stops the regular filesystem corruption then he needs to take his vehicle to an auto-electricians for an oscilloscope test on the charging circuit. It should pinpoint ‘dirty’ (i.e. unsmoothed) electrics caused by, for example, very worn alternator brushes.

      Hope this helps…

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    • #2456996

      Check out the posted Link in this thread from last year.
      If that don’t work, read thru that thread.

    • #2457192

      Toyota? BMW?
      Just to be clear is he actually reformatting?
      If it just conks out try cleaning the contacts, cars are dirty people,pepesi, pepperoni pizza, po… stuff being smaoked.

      It is a Honda Insight. Only a few months old, and he keeps it very clean. Never eats in it.

      • #2457439

        So it doesn’t look as bad as my Accord 😁
        BTW you never said if he is actually reformatting. I get a message on my Quicken backup flash drive nearly every time and just ignore it.

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        Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
        • #2457554

          So it doesn’t look as bad as my Accord 😁
          BTW you never said if he is actually reformatting. I get a message on my Quicken backup flash drive nearly every time and just ignore it.

          The car will no longer play it, so ignore is not an option.
          He reformatted once, then bought a bunch of new drives. Still has the bad ones. I am going to look at the file formats and structures when I log in with him next time.

        • #2457588

          Maybe time to have a talk with the dealership if it is new. But checking the file types as was suggested is worth a try.

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          Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #2457193

      Possible interference from a failing capacitor in the car’s charging circuitry or electrical noise from the alternator when it first starts spinning.

      Suggest to your brother-in-law that he disconnects the flash drive until after the vehicle’s engine has started then re-connects the flash drive after it’s started.

      If this stops the regular filesystem corruption then he needs to take his vehicle to an auto-electricians for an oscilloscope test on the charging circuit. It should pinpoint ‘dirty’ (i.e. unsmoothed) electrics caused by, for example, very worn alternator brushes.

      Hope this helps…

      Good idea.
      It is a hybrid, so spikes could be possible.

      Thanks

    • #2457199

      Check out the posted Link in this thread from last year.
      If that don’t work, read thru that thread.

      That is interesting. Will look into that.

      Thanks

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