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Computer Does Not Recognize My Usb Flash Drive--xp


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#1 ally1350

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 05:58 PM

The other day i tried to use a USB FLASH DRIVE. The first time i tried it i just dragged a test email to the flash drive and it copied it just fine.
Now i tried it again and when i go to my computer it shows up but if i try to drag something to it it say "please insert disk into drive". I have checked the properties and it shows the device is working properly.

Any help would be appreciated.

Running XP Pro with SP2

Thanks

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:28 PM

What happens when you right click and open the drive?

I would reinstall the drivers before anything.

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:31 PM

The first thing I would want to know is does it work in other USB ports on this computer? In other words, if you have inserted it into the front USB ports, unplug it and put it in the back. Sometimes the front ports do not give as much power as the rear ones do.

The next step would be to try this thumb drive in a different computer. If it doesn't work in the second computer, then the problem is with the drive itself.
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#4 ally1350

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:58 PM

I have tried it on 2 different computers. Neither one worked except it worked on the 1st fcomputer the first time.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:10 AM

Do the flash drives have to be formatted with fat32 or some such file system like the mechanical drives do?

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:36 AM

I do not think it needs to be reformatted with FAT32.....but I am not sure.


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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:50 AM

Have you right clicked on it and selected, "Format?"

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:02 AM

I went to my computer and right clicked on the flash drive (Drive: E) and clicked on "format" and got nothing.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:11 AM

Oh, well, wish I could've helped. Somebody around here will come along with your solution.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:15 AM

Thanks anyway.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:16 AM

This is the 2nd time this is happened....anybody have any ideas why this kind of thing happens. FYI---I do not take the flash drive out without click on the icon and it says it is safwe to remove the device.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:35 AM

That's probably it. The only time I used the "safe to remove hardware" icon, it disabled my external drives. I had to use Administrative tools > services to start the process. I may have used Autoruns too. I never use it after that. I bet that's what happened to yours. I'll try to figure out exactly what I did to fix it. I'll post back with that info if you can't figure it out.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 07:21 AM

The next step would be to try this thumb drive in a different computer. If it doesn't work in the second computer, then the problem is with the drive itself.


I have tried it on 2 different computers. Neither one worked except it worked on the 1st fcomputer the first time.

Well, then that tells us that the issue is not with your computer or with XP, but rather with the drive itself. I would go to the manufacturer's website and see if help can be found. It might not be a bad idea to contact them directly. Drives can be bad right out of the package I suppose.
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 07:01 PM

My flash drive shows up as RAW file system...I am trying to copy data. Could this be my problem and how do I change the RAW to FAT or FAT32?


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Posted 02 March 2008 - 07:41 PM

Attach the drive...right-click on it in My Computer...format it.

If My Computer doesn't see it (unformatted), then use Disk Management to format it.

Then data will be able to be put on it and Windows will read it properly.

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