The board was working fine for 2 years but slowly I was noticing my 4 USB drives were taking more time to start moving files from one USB drive to another or to my IDE drives. Once they started file transfers, it works ok but you have to wait a while. Sometimes I would get a message that Explorer needs to shut down and I had to open up all my drives again. This went on for a while. Now, I can't use any of my USB drives. They are not recognizable. Neither is my thumb drive. All my drives work fine on my other computer. Everything else on the board works ok. There are no yellow exclamation marks in Devive Manager. All the drivers are there. There's not much in Manage to re-start the USB operation in case it got changed by some cause. The settings in Manage under USB are the same settings as in my other computer. I don't see anything else to do but to buy a new board.
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Re: No USB operation
If this were a driver issue you would have the exclamation marks you already checked for in Device Manager. USB connectors supply a voltage out to the usb devices as well as signals in and out so the regulator components may have failed for that voltage. You can buy a PCI usb card if you have a spare PCI slot if you don't want to change the motherboard yet but don't just buy a usb front panel card as it uses the same connector as the existing usb connectors use. 2 years later there are more features that you might find useful and if there are budget considerations you could find another motherboard that accepts the same cpu, RAM and drives. There were issues of substandard capacitors being sold to motherboard manufacturers a few years ago that would cause this gradual deterioration as well as accumulated dust that acts like a thermal blanket on components. ~Steve Medley
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Keep it at Fat 32 as most USB drives come that way. and any Windows operating system will recognize the drive. The reason that it transfers files slowly is because the USB drives are slow compared to internal drives. Also your USB ports may be of the older variety USB 1, rather than USB 2, but this is a function of *********** board chipset. For instance, many USB drives are coming out with the ad on the box saying compatible with USB 3, but if your machine only has USB 1 or 2, then it can not be run at the higher speed. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Serial_Bus
To open the external case and remove the internal hard drive, it is not too difficult, but you will run the risk of both damaging the case and voiding any manufacturer's warranty or extended 3rd-party coverage.
If you do not wish to risk damaging the case or voiding your warranty, do not proceed.
If you wish to continue, you will need the following before beginning:
A. External USB Hard Drive
B. Small Flathead Screwdriver (Precision)
C. Small Phillipshead Screwdriver (Precision)
D. USB External Hard Drive Case (Replacement, if needed)
E. SATA or IDE Cable (To attach to a computer, if needed)
1. Disconnect the drive from the computer and power source.
2. Using the flathead screwdriver, slowly wedge the tip in the overlapping fold between the center plastic piece and the outer cover.
3. Slowly wedge it in about 1/4 of an inch using an up and down rocking motion. This will slowly undo the plastic clips found within the case.
4. Move the slowly in one direction until you reach the very end, loosening the clips along the way.
5. Once complete in one direction, go back to the starting point and complete steps #1-4 again in the opposite direction.
6. Once completed, lift one side of the flap away from the center, while pulling the center piece out away from the flap cover.
7. Apply necessary pressure and it should come out as one piece.
8. Once removed, if there are any screws holding the hard drive in place, use the phillipshead screwdriver to remove the tiny screws, if needed.
9. Pull apart the hard drive from the center case and add to a desktop or replacement USB external hard drive case to retrieve your files.
Western Digital Passports work perfectly on USB ports 2.0 that supplies 5v of electricity with a max of 500mA.
If your computer was manufactured more than 5 years ago, it may be using the USB 1.1 which is slower than the current.
have you tried a system restore incase some system files have become corrupted other the past couple of weeks.
If not try it first, Click on Start>all programs>accessories>system Tools>system restore and restore your system to a date and time when you know that your drive was being read with no problems. Once you choose the date and time, the computer will restore and reboot. The restore program will then reopen to tell you if the restore was succesful or not.
Once the screen has been displayed click okay and then plug your hard drive back in.
Hopefully this will help if not let me know by posting a comment.
Most USB drives are "plug n play" meaning you just plug it in to a USB 2 port and your operating system will recognize it as a drive. If you're using Windows ME/XP/Vista, just plug it into a USB 2 port and once its recognized you'll be able to send files and folders directly to it by right clicking the file or folder and moving your mouse over SEND TO and selecting the drive from the list.
which program are you using to render with and which drive are you asving to if you are saving out to the external drive this will be slow as the usb is about 1.4 mbs - 2 mbs I would sugest that you move all none essential files to external drive and create a floder in the main c drive called my movies or divx avi if you are converting to divx file format and have your capture files in a folder called Capture on c: drive I do large files myself raging to full dvd form and vcd and the converting time is long but I use pinnacle studio I've been using this software for 3 - 4 years now and no problems on time going to main c: drive.
make sure you have at least 5-6 gig spare on c: drive for cache disable any non needed progrems and use a good program to cache your hard drive
for editing program. the g drive is proberley shutting down or your usb drivers need re-installing.
good luck on problem
Hi, in a similar nightmare I was able recover my files from an "unpartitioned harddrive" and copy them to my C drive. I connected the bad hard drive directly to the 2nd IDE of my computer after removing it from its external casing/usb interface. Since it was the only device connected to the 2nd IDE, it was immaterial whether it was set to master or slave. I then booted normally. Using a program called GetDataBack, I was able to recover all my MP3s, years of Thesis work, tons of pictures and home movie clips, back-up installers and others. GetDataBack > http://www.runtime.org/downloads.htm. Issues encountered during the recovery: 1) it recovers everything including deleted files (so sometimes lots of duplicated file names, be careful); 2) the trial version will not allow you to copy the entire drive; 3) the free space of my C was not enough, I was then forced to shutdown buy a bigger harddrive, set the bad and the new as master and slave in IDE 2 and start all over again; 4) patience, recovery of an 80Gb Barracuda took almost overnight; and after everything was recovered 5) the bad 80Gb was repartitioned and formatted and worked again (now my E:). Hope this work out for you. Pls let us know how things turn up. Kind regards.