USB drive displays different file contents on different PCs

  1.    #1

    USB drive displays different file contents on different PCs


    Hi

    I have a weird USD drive issue. The drive is a 1TB Western Digital My Passport drive that I use to move files between two PCs running Windows 10 64 bit version.

    There is a typical example

    PC 1 delete existing files, copy some new files to the USB drive, safely eject USB drive, shutdown PC. Unplug USD drive.

    PC 2. plug in USB drive, power up PC. File explorer view of the USB Drive shows the last contents seen on this PC, i.e. the old contents, not the new files copied back over on PC 1. Cannot access any of the folders or files, not surprised as they do not exist on the drive.

    Trouble shooting I have tried:

    1) At first I though this was a corrupt USB drive so I purhcased a new one. This has exactly the same problem so I don't think it is a pyhysical USB drive issue.

    2) Run Error Check on PC 2 for file system errors. This always reports issues, run fix and things go very wrong. I usually get permission errors and cannot access any folders on the drive

    3) Format USB drive, tried both deep format and quick format. This fixes the access errors but only works on the PC I do the format on. Safely eject and move to the other PC and the issues reoccur.

    4) Tried a different USB port on PC2, this worked the first time I plugged in the drive. But all other attempts to use that port cause the problem to reoccur.

    As I always cleanly eject the USB drive before unplugging I am at a loss why this happens. Any ideas how the second PC is remembering the previous contents? This seems to be the route cause of the issue.
    Last edited by Ad Astra; 1 Week Ago at 08:41. Reason: spelling correction
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  2.    #2

    Suggest you resolve this:
    Run Error Check on PC 2 for file system errors. This always reports issues, run fix and things go very wrong. I usually get permission errors and cannot access any folders on the drive
    What error check do you run?

    You could try:
    a. check your disk
    - best instant text summary: Hard Disk Sentinel (trial)
    - otherwise e.g. HD Tune free/portable - Health and error scan tabs

    b. If ok run from an admin command or powershell prompt
    chkdsk c: /scan
    - this checks only.

    Report back if it fails.

    c. If ok run similarly
    SFC /SCANNOW
    and report results

    That's just for starters..
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  3.    #3

    If its ntfs then when you copy files from pc1 the owner will be the user on pc1 so pc2 wont have permission to view files. You need to setup a folder and give everyone ŕights on it
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  4.    #4

    dalchina said: View Post
    Suggest you resolve this:


    What error check do you run?

    You could try:
    a. check your disk
    - best instant text summary: Hard Disk Sentinel (trial)
    - otherwise e.g. HD Tune free/portable - Health and error scan tabs

    b. If ok run from an admin command or powershell prompt
    chkdsk c: /scan
    - this checks only.

    Report back if it fails.

    c. If ok run similarly
    SFC /SCANNOW
    and report results

    That's just for starters..
    I run right click on drive > properties > tools > Error checking

    I think this chkdsk, it finds errors and I then run fix from the popup window.

    SFC scan finds no errors.

    Disk is formatted in Windows NTFS.

    Any ideas how File Explorer sees different contents on different PCs?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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