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Pen Drive 16GB not working on laptop but working on other PCs...

I got a new Kingston Datatraveler 16GB pendrive. It is workingperfectly on both my desktops at home. However on my laptop its failingto write data. It can read and copy data from the pendrive perfectly,however, when I try to write data on it, it writes a certain amount ona very slow speed (500-900kb/s the normal would be 10mb/s) and thencompletely stops, giving a file not found error (options are Try Again,Skip, Cancel).

Sometimes it manages to transfer at a high speed and suddenly stops at90% and stops transferring at all and hangs there at 0s remaining. After a while the pendrivecompletely disappears from the system toghether with the transfer box, and I have to replug it to appearagain. The file is now on the pendrive but its corrupted as it onlytransferred 90%...

Does anyone know what's going on? Why is my pendrive acting so weirdly?It works perfectly on other computers except on my laptop it fails towrite?
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  • Drklght Dec 28, 2008

    All my computers have USB 2.0 ports. I built both of my desktops
    myself. One is running on a ASUS P5K Deluxe mobo and the other on a
    Gigabyte one. Both of them are running on Vista Ultimate and so is my
    laptop. My laptop is a new TX2510us

    Its specs are

    AMD 2.1ghz Turion X2

    3GB Ram


    3USB 2.0 ports (i tried on all of them but still getting the problem)

    ATI 3200HD IGP graphics

    I just want to point out that it was working for a month on my laptop.
    But recently it just starts giving these write errors... I tried
    reinstalling the OS but its still giving the problem...

    I tried other pendrives on my Laptop and they work fine? So it can't be the notebooks problem either :\?

    Please help

  • Drklght Dec 28, 2008

    Yes, I formatted the disk and reinstalled a clean OS. I didn't even use HP's recovery disk's as they come full of bloatware. I just used my Ultimate disk and did a clean install.
    Also the other drives I tested were of 1 and 2 GB which worked fine. Does it help to point out that the 16GB is formatted as NTFS? I tried changing back to FAT32 but the problem still persists... Please help

  • rumplum Jan 28, 2009

    I got a 16 gb kingston data traveler pen drive,i can copy from the computer to the pen drive works fine,but when i tried to copy from the pen drive to computer all the files or data or anything in the pen drive are corrupted or useless this happens to every computer that i had tried,so can anyone help me?

  • eDad2003 Feb 28, 2009

    Somewhat similar situation here, but with a twist. My pen drive (OCZ Diesel 16GB) does not work with only 1 of the 4 usb ports on my Dell D620. On another Dell D620, it works on all ports. The same port on the laptop reads my SuperTalent 32GB pen drive no problem.

    Interestingly, this same pen drive work intermittently on the USB port on my DVD player. Sometimes it's read, most times not?

    When I say it doesnt work, I mean the LED on the pen drive doesn't even light up 90% of the time you plug it into the port. But, 10% of the time it will flash, but still not mount as a drive. In the port where it works, the LED will flash and it will be mounted 100% of the time.

    I am totally baffled.

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    I got the same problem with 2 16gb from kingston, i am using windows vista, a inpiron 1521, i try to copy some files and It give errors and disconnect.

    No idea, with my 2gb same brand it goes fine

  • Tanay Bhandari May 16, 2009

    I have Kingston 16 GB Pen Drive, after transfering of any data it showing empty folders ,what can I do.........PLEASE HELP ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE....Thanks.



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Dear sir

pls suport to all laptop software pen driver

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  • rajugibsan Mar 17, 2009

    dear sir

    pen drive

    not suport


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It sounds as though the problem is with your notebook, rather than the flash drive. Specifically, with the USB port you are plugging it into. If you have another USB on the notebook, try switching between the two, and see if it behaves any differently. Another thing that can cause a problem is if the USB port on your notebook is not USB 2.0. The older ports (as in, an older computer) didn't have nearly the transfer speeds of the newer standard.

Also, are you trying to run multiple USB devices on your notebook at once? That could cause problems as well.


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    Nick Nicholson Dec 28, 2008

    Hmm. This one is a puzzler, so let's take it apart logically.

    1) Flash drive works fine on other systems.
    2) Flash drive does NOT work fine on one specific notebook.
    3) The drive used to work fine on that notebook, too (but now it doesn't)

    That leaves a couple of things we can figure are true:

    1) The flash drive is fine.
    2) Something on the notebook is NOT fine, particularly in relation to dealing with the flash drive.

    Oh yeah - a third:

    3) Since the notebook used to see and use the flash drive fine for awhile, but now it doesn't, then something changed on the notebook.

    My guess would be one of the MS updates that they're continually hammering us with. On two of my own systems (both running 64-bit versions), I routinely have to back out their updates, as they cause BSOD's. I would first suspect a driver update (and in all fairness, it may have come from your notebook manufacturer, too) to be the culprit. That would have been a chipset update, to have the USB drivers effected. Of course, Vista has it's own higher-level USB drivers as well, and the new version (if there is one) might have problems with the BIOS on your notebook.

    So... the solution(s). Since there is no way to know exactly what changed on your notebook, you may have to hit the corporate website support page, and download the original set of factory drivers. If you can't find them, let me know, and I'll send you the link you need. What I'm primarily interested in is returning the chipset drivers to their orignal state.

    If that doesn't fix the problem, then you can look at the Microsoft updates that were applied to the system. Worst comes to worst, you can do a repair of your installation from the Vista install CD, and that will have the effect of backing out most of those updates.


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    Nick Nicholson Dec 28, 2008

    One more thing. Just because other flash drives worked in the notebook does not mean the notebook is fine. Are all the drives exactly the same? Are all of them that large? The USB drivers handle large media differently than say, a 2gb drive, because originally (when USB was designed) it was never meant to handle that kind of bulk data.

    So, I would still look at the drivers. By the way, we you say you reinstalled the OS, do you mean you wiped the hard drive and reinstalled, or simply told it to reinstall? MS is kinda sneaky, in that if it detects the same OS already there, it cheats and uses the existing files already on the hard drive. Reformat the hard drive, and it can't do that.



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