Hi "ICit2lol", thank you for your response.
Previously this pocket HDD accepted changes but suddenly "access is denied" ?
I suspected the crap-wear but I don't have a lot of experience around systems.
Worst I could do is blow up a thumb-drive ... all for $8??
. . . I wonder if the thought police are reading this?
Occasionally I get problem drives but I think they are mostly older drives (5 yrs+)
. . . New policy is to chuck thumb-drives after two years + toss pocket HDD after 5 years.
What are your thoughts on an external pocket drive as the permanent data drive.
I have just helped a senior-cit to setup her $200 govt subsidized PC for seniors.
At 85GB HDD (yes 85GB !) it is already half full with OS, Av and a few apps. (its an ex govt Dell, they (govt dept) obviously server based.) There are no OS discs nor a re-install partions, so slipping in a new HD is not an option considering the cost of M$ Windows.
. . . most of my time is spent in coaching on how to use the PC etc. web, word-processing, email.
Glad you mentioned "partitioning" -- don't know if I should start another "fred",
... but seeing how you are also in OZ ...? I could do with some help on partitioning.