MrProgrammer wrote:Also, other topics on this forum suggest that it is better to save OOo files first to the hard drive and then copy them to the flash drive. Some people have reported problems when saving directly from OOo to a flash drive. (I don't think it's understood if there is really a defect in OOo or if there have been procedural problems that led to loss of data on the flash drive.)
Just for information on the subject of USB corruption: as Mr Programmer says there are reported problems with OpenOffice working direct to a USB key. As this is an OOo forum, we do not see reports of USB problems from orther programs. It is not known why these arise; in early USB driver implementations the data to the USB was often buffered in the computer and then written in a burst to USB, so if the USB key was just "whipped out" it is possible that the delayed writes were not finished. In later Windows Service Packs this delayed write problem is said to have been fixed, but it is often the case that users are using an older or unpatched version of Windows and have not this fix. So it is _essential_ tto use correct USB discipline and eject the key using the system eject protocol. It is also said that there are many USB keys which have irregular internal structure, arising from keys manufacured for reputable manufacturers which have failed their final tests and been rejected. Such keys, it is said, are sold to anonymous brandsand repackaged with some form of internal software mapping to conceal the defects, which software mapping may not be fully effective.
My own suspicion, and it is no more than that, is that there is a problem with interrupt masking in the output (file writing) section of OOo and that computers using multiple programs, in particular audio or TV programs which can make high demands on the interrupt structure, are particularly liable to such corruption. For myself, I can only say that I run the minimal number of programs at any one time and have never experienced corruption of an OOo file; I am of the generation that knows computers as tools, not as entertainment machines. If I want audio, I use a radio or a CD player, ditto for TV/DVD.