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usb flashdrive

once upon several times, way back to not long ago;
i saved important information on several flashdrives, tried to retrieve files, "format device for first time use?" would come up, o say it ain't so.
not every tax payer funded facility is state of the art;
look at most public library systems: one might luck out with brand new hewlett packards and macs, or one might get an IBM barely hanging on, refurbished, falling apart.
my question's as follows: as of november 2016, MUST one use either the same exact machine or same brand-
is that the only way all sorts of files will remain intact AND retrievable, 'cause saving an MS WORD document on a machine built in, say, 2010, in my experience, means i will have wasted time trying to pull up the files on a 2015 built 'puter system, avec meme MS WORD version? i need someone to help me understand

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The questions on their own then my answers.

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1. "as of november 2016, MUST one use either the same exact machine or same brand"
I'll set this as a question on its own. My answer is no. But as the OS changes and folk might have used some password or compression, sticks might show "format device".

Don't panic yet. Let's get past that next part of the question then I'll share what I do next.

2. "is that the only way all sorts of files will remain intact AND retrievable, 'cause saving an MS WORD document on a machine built in, say, 2010, in my experience, means i will have wasted time trying to pull up the files on a 2015 built 'puter system, avec meme MS WORD version? "

I'm going with I don't have to have the same version. In fact I often open MS Word files with the free to use, free to install, Libre Office from Ninite.com

3. "Bob, what would you do?" (not your question but I'll add it here.)

a. I might try Recuva since it's free and has done wonderfully at retrieving files from a lot of media.
b. I also know to keep Libre Office handy from Ninite.com.

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Possible "reformat source"

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If you remove a USB drive w/o dismounting properly you can cause an issue as in corrupting files or the FAT. Which is the result of not knowing how the drive is allocated, yada, yada.. Thus, do a proper dismount next time when removing. You can also see during this time if it doesn't let go(dismount) notice its still in use which in turn corrupts the drive sooner or later if frequently improper dismounts done.

Next, you shouldn't always need the latest Word(or match) to access older Word documents, it just is best to do so. I have found the freebie, Free Editor WP does all the Word documents and even some unknown ones as well. Check it out if Libre doesn't suit ya.

tada -----Willy Happy

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