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Computer does not see flash drive after it is plued-in. Waht shall I do?

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  • zealf00 Nov 18, 2008

    Windows XP and it is a staples 512kbyte flash drive



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First use a different USB device to make sure the drive is working

1. Try plugging the flashdrive in the back of the computer. ( This is because some USB ports in front are not able to give enough power to power on a USB device that does not have its own power)
2. If you plug in the flashdrive and windows does not prompt for a driver nor indicate that it detects something plugged in you should make sure you try option 1 first and if that does not solve it try another computer. If the same problem occurs then the drive is defective.
3.Check if it is detected via Drive managemetn under Computer management under programs then system tools. ( Do this only if the drive is detected at all) then assign a drive letter to the device that is detected.

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try to disable the firewall

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What is your OS, what is the make and model of the drive?

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    Swilin Sampson Nov 18, 2008

    Try the flash drive on another computer or USB port. If it is not detected there as well, then the drive is probably faulty. If however, it gets detected on the other PC, then try the following:

    The first action you should take to resolve a USB problem is to disable the Save Power option in the Device manager for the each of the USB Root Hub entries. Up to five entries called USB Root Hub can appear under Universal Serial Bus controllers. Open the Device Manager by entering devmgmt.msc in the Start => Start Search box. Open each of the USB Root Hub entries and disable the Save Power option under the Power Management tab by removing the check mark that enables it.

    is another possible fix that might work. Plug the memory stick into a USB port, right
    click with the mouse pointer over My Computer, in the window
    that comes up, click Manage and then Disk Management
    in the Computer Management window that come up. Is the memory
    stick recognised in Disk Management? - Because it will often
    show here even if it cannot be recognised in Windows. If it is not there, try
    using another USB port. If it appears there, right click the
    memory stick's drive letter under the Volume heading. Click on
    Change Drive Letter and Paths, click on the Change
    button and change it to, say, Z, or another letter towards the
    end of the alphabet. Click Yes when a warning comes up telling
    you what can happen if you change the drive letter, asking you if you want to
    go ahead with it. Doing that won't do any harm to the files on the memory stick.
    Close the Computer Management window and try to access the memory
    stick through My Computer.


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