Hi... I got a vaio 8gb usb flash from a friend. My computer seen to recognise it but every time I try to open it I get the mesage "Please insert disk" It had no problems when used by my friend! What should i do to solve this?
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Firstly, what operating system are you using? Have you tried uninstalling your usb drivers in 'device manager' then reinstalling them? If this does not solve the problem, use your Windows recovery CD in order to reinstall your system files.
Most probably you have a drive letter conflict? If so, right click "My computer" choose "Manage" and locate "Disk management" - here, in the middle lower panel, you should be able to find your usb-memory stick, right click it and assign it a drive letter that you're sure is not in use.
If you are using windows - try opening up the device manager (you can find this in the control panel) and then go to disk management and see if the USB Flash drive appears in the list.
If it does show (you will see its name total size and free space) - then try changing the drive letter (right click for this option).
If it does not show then try a different USB port on your computer and choose refresh within the disk management window.
If it still does not show - then test it on another computer (repeat above steps if it does not automatically work).
If it still doesn't work when testing on a different PC - its most likely a physical issue with the flash drive itself - so try taking it back to where u brought it from 4 a replacement. Otherwise its time for an upgrade :)
check if the usb port is enabled under device manager. right click my computer then click manage. go to device manager and make sure that there are no red X or yellow ! on any of the devices. If everything is good, try your flash drive on another usb port or another computer. if other computers cannot detect your flash drive, it's broken.
Sounds like the flash drive or your USB port is having problems. I would try the flash drive on a friend's computer . If it does the same , then it is the flash drive. If it works on your friend's computer, then it's the USB ports on your PC. If it is your PC, let me know. If it's the flash drive, then you need to replace it or depending where and when you bought it., it may be under MFG. warranty. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
For starters, what is the operating system of this computer?
Windows XP will recognise flash drives, 2000 seems to recognise some but if you have 95, 98 or Me you need to install a driver for the drive. The manufacturer of the drive may not even supply one.
Do other computers read the flash drive? If not, faulty drive. If yes, it may be recognized but you have Auto-play disabled. That's actually a good thing. Assuming this is a Windows computer that is at least XP or newer, open Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) BEFORE connecting the USB drive. Then left-click on the My Computer item. The right side of the screen will display all currently recognized drives. Plug in the USB drive and watch the righ side of the screen. I'll bet a new drive will appear within about 45 seconds. If so, just double click on the new drive and you'll see all your "stuff". If not, you may have a faulty USB port.