It’s official – my 1GB flash drive, the one I’ve been running Firefox, Filezilla, GAIM, and every single other portable application from for the last several months, is officially hosed. I plugged it into my computer at home tonight and got the same disc-not-formatted error I got at work today. So I reformatted it and attempted to move files from backup onto it. Every attempt failed about halfway through. So I tried to push just Firefox onto it. It went, but when I tried to start it, it would load most of the way through, then stop and start loading from scratch again.
Final determination – flash drive: 1; Jim: 0. I lose.
I’m not surprised. I make my flash drives work hard. They’re plugged in and running nearly 24/7, which means a rather limited lifespan. I think what I really need is one of those new portable hard drives, but those are currently way out of my price range (along with a whole host of other geeky toys I’d love to play with).
So, I’m back to where I was before – running separate instances of Portable Firefox on my work and home PCs until I can afford to replace my flash drive.