[64 bit] Issues with downloading files

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http://ubuntuforums.org – hi all, i'm a new ubuntu user and am hoping someone can help me with my issue. i have ubuntu v.12.04, 64 bit running on an asus u41sv laptop. it's installed as a dual boot with windows 7 64 bit. as far as i can tell, i have the latest ubuntu updates installed. basically, i get errors in large files (academic files ~5-6 Gb) that i download from a server, or copy from a hard drive. once the files are downloaded, i find that text from other files on my hard drive are introduced into the downloaded/copied files. at first i thought it was a RAM issue, but i don't seem to have this issue when i do (Hardware)