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    Jan 26, 2007
    Pen drive will not erase
    I just bought a little 8gb pen drive as I am formatting my computer and need to secure my work . It copied some of the data, but then half way through it started to hang up and it failed the transfer. so i tried to copy them one by one, but each time the transfer would hang up and not work.

    The data I am transferring is audio, WAV

    then i deleted the files that were on the drive, but the data was still some how on the disc, maybe it has kept a ghost copy of the data there, like deleted files that stay on there.

    <s>So i opened up disk utility to format the drive, but this also failed, it said this:

    secure erase free space failed: error: could not create temp file</s>

    actually i just worked out what i did wrong....

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    Member Since
    Jan 26, 2007
    actually i'm having the same problem again, basicaly I'm trying to copy some more data on the pen drive, but i get this message:

    'the operation cannot be completed because you to not have sufficient privileges for some of the items'

    But I am the administrator (there is only one account) and the files are not locked!

    can't figure this out

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    May 18, 2008
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    Can we have a description of "some of the items" that cannot be transferred? Not that we wish to pry, but knowing what they are might provide a solution to the issue.

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    It appears that you have privilege issues. If you right click a file that you are having issues with and click on "Get Info", what does it say under "Sharing and Permissions"?
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