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Flash Drives not read by machine.

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#1 OldExPat


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Posted 05 October 2011 - 02:18 AM

EQPT:MB ASUS M4N68T-M; CPU AMD Phenom II X2 555; MEM 2X2 2gb DDR3 1333 240pin; HDD; 60gb Plextor SSD, 320gb WD 320gb SATA. Running Dual Boot Ubuntu 10.4 and Windows XP Pro SP3.

Have been trying to solve a problem for more than a week. I have 8 USB outlets, and the ones with keyboard, mouse, printer attached all work fine on any of the 8 outlets. BUT, attach any one of 4 flash drives to any of the 8 outlets, and both Windows and Ubuntu want to format it, although all 4 have data on them, which can be read by other computers.

I have tried many things, including reinstalling both XP and Ubuntu, but nothing works. I have come to the conclusion that whatever it is may be in the Bios, so am considering flashing that; but I'd really not have to do that.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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#2 rosiesdad


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Posted 05 October 2011 - 06:30 AM

Try this


#3 OldExPat

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 11:50 PM

I tried your suggestion, unfortunately it only addresses not being able to physically locate the flash drive, which mine has NO problem doing. The problem is that although it locates and identifies it, it cannot read it so only suggests formatting it. Since there is data on all 4 that I don't want to lose, I don't want to do that.

Thanks for your suggestion!


#4 noknojon


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:14 AM

Hi -
First try to load any of the data on to another computer to make sure they can be read from - Have you done this yet ? ? ?

Next - Insert your USB flash drive into your PC.
Click Start > My Computer, right click your flash drive's icon and select Format > Quick format -
This will wipe the contents of the flash drive, so make sure there is nothing of value on there !

Now try to transfer the data back to your flash drive, and then on to your computer -

There is no way that you should need to be reinstalling both XP and Ubuntu

The flash drives must be 1/ infected or 2/ faulty if you cannot use them. You have fully reinstalled, so it is not BIOS -
Only other problem is a deep infection still in your computer -

Regards -

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