I purchased a 16 GB Glide Flash Drive. I am a new laptop owner and my new computer was prompting me to backup the factory installed operating system (Windows 8). I researched how large of a flash drive to purchase (16 was adequate). Upon inserting the usb, I registered it but passed on the junky software installs offered. I then had 3 things to copy on it:
My computer password configuration
My factory installed operating system
My utilities and drivers
Problem: When I transfered my small password configuration document, that went fine but I decided to delete all the other junk files that came with the flash drive. Then, I tried to backup my operating system and I got a prompt stating that the usb flash drive needed to be formatted to transfer the documents and all data on it would be lost. So, I lost the first item I loaded on it. Then, when I tried to transfer the utilities and drivers onto it, I again got a prompt stating that all data on the usb drive would be erased to do the transfer because it needed to be formatted. There is plenty of room for the files. Why is the usb drive deleting everything on it each time I try to transfer something onto it?
Also, I’m now concerned that when I registered the flash drive that it may have put some junk files on my computer and I’d like to remove them but I do not know where to look for them. Any help from forum members would be appreciated.