Corrupted Flash Drives? Anybody?


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 If anyone else has this problem, please feel my sorrow. Like usual, I downloaded Stencyl on a flash drive (because if I download on my computer, then the computer will crash). I had Stencyl, Mario Builder and Mario Editor in one flash drive. Then it got corrupted on the 3rd of April, 2017 (just recently).  Now I can't fix my flash drive anymore. I know Mario Builder doesn't cause any corruption, and I had Stencyl downloaded the second time (and unfortunately, this was my second corrupted drive). No offense to Stencyl, because I love it and I had files that corresponded with it. I'm just saying that Stencyl may have something or some file that corrupted my drive. Thanks for understanding, and have a good time with your Stencyl.


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So there's a few factors here. First is the quality of the flash drives. Poor quality or knock off (or worse, fraudulently branded) drives will definitely have a tendency to fail more often than higher quality ones. The fraudulent ones are particularly bad because they will be sold as some high number of GB, and the firmware reports that number to the OS, but the actual contained size is smaller - when you save past the actual limit, it just overwrites something else, and thus, you have a corrupted drive.
Even if the drives are decent quality, they will always have an expected usable life based on the number of reads-writes to them. Running software directly from them is certainly possible but it will shorten the lifespan of the drive more than expected. If you read about Raspberry Pi users' troubles with corrupted SD cards you will see what I mean. This kind of storage medium is not a fully ideal approach for this type of use.

Other than that, I would have to say that it's impossible to tell for sure if Stencyl caused the corruption - hopefully some other people can chime in here with similar or different experiences.
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I don't know what kind of wear leveling algorithms flash drives employ--if any at all. Stencyl writes a lot of logs, so there may be a potential issue whose severity depends on the file system and wear levelling. I don't really know for sure, though--just an idea to look into.