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USB flash drives & photo printing kiosks

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by ps56k, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. ps56k

    ps56k Guest

    I have a small USB flash/thumb drive on my keychain
    that I use for a variety of uses... just in case type things.

    Anyway - I have repeatedly had problems
    with using any of my USB flash drives
    with a variety of photo printing kiosks at the local stores....
    the Kodak one, along with the other brand-x types.

    It's not just my single keychain flash,
    it's any of the different brands laying around the house -
    always have a problem reading them in the kiosk.
    In fact, I'm sure that at one point,
    one of my flash drives was trashed by a kiosk,
    and is no longer even recognized by our laptops.

    I usually try to print - have problems reading the drive,
    come home and re-copy the photo files to an extra SD Card
    and go back and use the SD Card, which works just fine.
    It's not even a large 2GB+ drive size issue,
    some are 2GB drives or 1GB, some are more.

    Anyone else had probs with using USB drives & the kiosks ????
    ps56k, Apr 7, 2011
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    Daddy Guest

    If I owned such a kiosk I would do everything to prevent my kiosk from
    being infected by someone's USB drive.

    Daddy, Apr 7, 2011
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    ray Guest

    If you don't insist on MS, it's generally not much of a problem.
    ray, Apr 7, 2011
  4. ps56k

    Better Info Guest

    Which is odd, because many USB flash drives use micro-SD format chips in
    them (or seem to), and SD cards seem to work according to the OP. My
    keychain flash-drive just uses interchangeable Micro-SD/HC cards. The whole
    thing is just the width of a USB plug/port's contacts, not even including a
    USB plug's external width, and about two times as long as the
    contacts'-width. Much smaller than the average key on a keychain. The only
    drawback with it being so small, is that I accidentally left it in a
    notebook I was repairing for a friend's friend, and had to call them when
    they got home to remind them to find it and take it out to return it. They
    didn't even notice it plugged in until I told them to look for it. The same
    way that I didn't even notice I had left it plugged in to begin with.
    Better Info, Apr 7, 2011
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    ~misfit~ Guest

    What's to infect Daddy? A *nix system that boots from a ROM chip? (Hint: ROM
    = Read Only Memory.)

    Some people take paranoia to the next level....

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
    monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
    into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
    ~misfit~, Apr 8, 2011
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Dave Cohen, Apr 10, 2011
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    Allen Guest

    I've used several different brands (sizes ranging from 256 Mb--really
    really old--up to 8 Gb) in the kiosks at CostCo and Wolf Camera (part of
    Ritz Camera) with no problems. The USBs have survived and as far as I
    know, so have the kiosks. If there was any damage to the kiosks it
    probably been brought to my attention.
    Allen, Apr 10, 2011
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    mm Guest

    Have you talked to the people at the kiosk?

    My credit/debit card wouldn't work as a credit card at one chain of
    gas stations and when I asked inside, the manager said that happened
    with Bank of America, and Maryland Federal Credit Union..
    mm, May 9, 2011
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