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XP asking to format any USB drive

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#1 ginmasterjedi


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

I'm working on a WIndows XP home edition, and for some reason every time I insert a USB crive into any USB port and go to open in, it asks me to format the drive. But when I go into safe mode, I don't have that issue. I have tried to rollback, uninstall, update all the USB drivers in Device Manager---didn't work. I wnt to Dell.com to see if I can find any USB driver updates---found none.

any suggestions???

thank you

Edited by hamluis, 13 November 2012 - 09:36 AM.
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#2 cee134


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

"USB crive"

Do you mean a USB Drive, like a flash drive? Does this happen with any other flash drive you use?

If you are able to access your data, do so and back it up on your computer. Your flash drive may be getting close to becoming corrupted and you will lose anything on it. After backing up your data in a safe place, then proceed to wipe the flash drive clean by formatting it (Remember formatting a flash drive will result in deletion of the data on it, which is why it's important to make a back up copy).

It is also important to remember that a flash drive shouldn't be used as a working disk, i.e. a disk that you work from, save to. It is a portable storage device, you copy files onto it and take it to another pc and copy files off, they don't have the read/write speed for working off of. Having said that, it is good to format a flash drive often to keep it working at it's best (remembering to have a back up copy of important files). To avoid any corrupt data issue follow these guidelines.

#3 ginmasterjedi

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:58 AM

when i insert a USB flash drive into any USB port on the pc and I go to open it, i get an error message saying " Drive E is not formatted, would you like to format it now?" I click no. when I go into Safe Mode, and I insert a USB flash drive, any USB flash drive( FD) into any USB port, I can open the fd with no problem. I'm at a loss. I tried everything I can think of.

What else can I do?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:36 AM

Your symptoms may be an indication of infection.

I'm moving this to Am I Infected...for a look by the more knowledgeable.


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