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Iv got a 4gig thumb drive. i pluged it into a windows 98 system and since then wen i try to use it it wont open on my xp system. wen i plug it in, it shows up in my computer but wen i open it, it opens for a split second an then tells me there is no drive pluged in

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  • MVABrutale Sep 11, 2008

    ok iv just try`d dat. it didnt work, it opens now but if i click in the window it freezes up and crashes. the filesystem on the usb drive is fat32. it that right? my C drive is ntfs

  • MVABrutale Sep 11, 2008

    also i cant format the drive. it says format could not be completed. then when i try a second time its says no drive pluged it.

  • MVABrutale Sep 12, 2008

    It says "usb flash disk usb device" in device manager. Its an alienware 4gig.
    It says the device is working properly. If i right click it in device manager and go to properties and then volumes, theres nothing there.

  • Beams Mar 09, 2009

    I had a 16g drive. It worked fine, until one day I forgot to use the "Safely remove hardware" feature on someone else's puter- also on XP. Since then it is behaving very much like MVABrutale's.
    My sytem is XP. It shows me the thumbdrive when I plug it in, and asks me whether I want to format. It makes no sound when I plug it in or when I remove it.
    I have not even tried to use the Format function because I have important files there and am still hoping to find a way to recover these files.


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The Windows 98 system may have changed the drive letter of the thumb drive. In windows XP, open control panel - administrative tools. Then go into the removable drives option where you can change the drive letter. Change the thumb drive to a drive letter that does not conflict with another device on your system. Make sure your thumb drive is in the USB slot. Alternately, you can change the drive letter of the conflicting drive...

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  • Steve Froese
    Steve Froese Sep 11, 2008

    What does device manager tell you about it? Does it properly identify the thumb drive by brand?

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