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XP won't recognize any USB Flash device


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#1 mikeewilly

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 02:57 PM

I'm working on a computer for a friend and have found that whenever I plug in a USB storage device, ANY USB storage device (Flash Key, External Hard Drive, etc.) the system recognizes the device and assigns a drive letter as it should but when I try to access the device I get a message box the says "The disk in drive <x> is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" (where <x> is the drive letter assigned to the device).

The USB ports on this computer work normally otherwise and all of the USB storage devices work fine on other computers.

XP is up to date and has Service Pack 3 installed. The USB ports are 1.1. All the devices I tried were 2.0.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Mike

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 04:52 PM

hey Mike,

What this means is that the flash does not have a partition on it such as FAT, FAT32, or NTFS or if it does it is not recognized by windows. Now you said that any USB would not work but have you tried the same USB in another computer what happens?

If it is a matter of partitioning then say yes to formatting it and format it with a FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition. to worn you this will erase any data on the drive.

Good Luck

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 05:05 PM

Well...I'll only say that I would not try to run USB 2.0 devices on USB 1.0 or 1.1, based on my experiences with years ago when USB 2.0 was just becoming viable.

For less than $10, you can invest in a USB 2.0 card that will run all 2.0 devices.

Those other systems you tried...I'm willing to bet that each fully supports USB 2.0 devices.

Louis

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:16 PM

-hey Mike,
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-What this means is that the flash does not have a partition on it such as FAT, FAT32, or NTFS or if it does it is not recognized by -windows. Now you said that any USB would not work but have you tried the same USB in another computer what happens?
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-If it is a matter of partitioning then say yes to formatting it and format it with a FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition. to worn you this -will erase any data on the drive.
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-Good Luck

power2thepeople:

The devices I'm working with have each worked on many other computers (>10) but neither will work with this computer.

-Well...I'll only say that I would not try to run USB 2.0 devices on USB 1.0 or 1.1, based on my experiences with years ago -when USB 2.0 was just becoming viable.
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-For less than $10, you can invest in a USB 2.0 card that will run all 2.0 devices.
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-Those other systems you tried...I'm willing to bet that each fully supports USB 2.0 devices.
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-Louis

Thanks Louis. I'll give that a try.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:01 PM

Just one example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16815106505

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