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Cannot Access U3 Enabled USB Thumb Flash Drive


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#1 Ray Wiens

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:50 PM

I mistakenly deleted all of the files on a USB Thumb Drive from SanDisk. It is called the "4GB CRUZER FLASH DRIVE USB with U3 TECHNOLOGY."

Now, when I insert it into a USB port, the computer does not recognize it.

I use the Vista Ultimate operating system. I also have access to a Windows XP system, but prefer the Vista system.

How can I reset the Flash Drive so that it is recognize again?

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:52 PM

If the files are gone, you could try reformatting the flash drive. All flash drives should work without any additional software.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 01:54 PM

The problem is that the computer does not recognize the flash drive. It does not assign a drive letter to it. Therefore, I cannot tell the formatting software which drive to format.

I do have a second U3 flash drive identical to the one with the problem. If I could only force the computer to recognize the one with the problem, I could copy the U3 files from one to the other.

Edited by Ray Wiens, 31 December 2008 - 01:55 PM.


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Posted 31 December 2008 - 03:52 PM

When connected, the flash drive should still show in Device Manager...where it can be formatted.

Unless, of course, it's dead/malfunctioning or the USB ports are the same.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:41 PM

I used Computer Management to get to Disk Management, but the device is not recognized. Therefore I cannot reformat it. I don't think the unit is damaged because it stopped working after I deleted all of the files.




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