I encountered a read only file system for my flash drive and I can't see my data (one folder which had all the data is empty).

I did dosfsck -a /dev/sdf1 (as I read here) and now I can write to the us drive.

But I can't see anywhere my data although the drive shows about "3GB used" , "4GB free".

I have lost my data or there is something to do?

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdf

Disk /dev/sdf: 8019 MB, 8019509248 bytes
102 heads, 38 sectors/track, 4041 cylinders, total 15663104 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x04030201

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdf1            2192    15663103     7830456    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

ls -la /media/KINGSTON

drwx------ 4 me      me  4096 Jan   1  1970 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root  root  4096 Aug   3 17:04 ..
drwx------ 0 me     me      0 Aug   3 16:44 cc
drwx------ 5 me      me  4096 May  11  2012 .Trash-1000
  • Could you post sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdf? the output of running mount on a console/terminal, and also run ls -la where your stick is mounted, (i.e. /media/usbstick)
    – Braiam
    Aug 3, 2013 at 13:55
  • @Braiam:Ok , I posted it.
    – George
    Aug 3, 2013 at 14:09
  • Hit Ctrl + H when in nautilus and check the content of .Trash-1000
    – Braiam
    Aug 3, 2013 at 14:18
  • @Braiam:I already checked the contents of trash but they are only 313MB data there
    – George
    Aug 3, 2013 at 14:21

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I'm not an expert but the problem seems to come from the 1/1/1970 date for .

You can resolve it saving file from firefox as indicated here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=141529. The date will be updated and the problem will be gone after remounting the USB stick.

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