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USB Storage When I plug the USB "thumb drive" into my USB port, and look for it in Explorer, it's not there. Used to work, but not now. What's up?

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  • ong1234 Dec 02, 2007

    While using pendrive (Imation 512K, 1 year + old) - connected to laptop, suddenly cannot save / read files. Indicator light is also not on. Try many other computers - cannot access.

    Is the data lost? How to retrieve data?


  • shal maha Mar 11, 2008

    i bought a pendrive 4 gb i can not see it on my laptop but i connect to my friends laptop i can see it on explorer. i tried to get its drivers but failed to do so ?

  • colby36 Apr 14, 2008

    My flash drive worked last night, but it no longer works--will I be able to retrieve the items off of it or is it completely lost--if so, how do I get the things off??

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2008

    I plug my converter drive in but cant find it

  • raswy Aug 29, 2008

    I have problem with my removable disk when i connect it,my hardtop ask me to iinsert a device and i used it last night.How could i retrieve it?Help me please

  • R0xxyx3 Sep 15, 2008

    sandisk memorystick pro-duo 1G is no longer recognized by camera, printer, or CVS printer stations. I have all pictures from trip to CA And Australia on there. Was told that if I mixed video on the card along with pictures this may have screwed up the format of the card. Is this true & how can I get ny pictures off this disk now? Is there a place I can send it or go to? Am very disappointed about this situation, please help me!

  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2008

    My flash drive worked last night, but it no longer works--will I be able to retrieve the items off of it or is it completely lost--if so, how do I get the things off??

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    i have maxell 2gb flash drive.when i insert in computer and want to open teh flash drive the massage appear "please insert a disk into the drive d".how could it be solved?

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    i need driver of sandisk

  • ilcoor Jan 03, 2009

    The indicator light flashes twice on my internal digital media slot, but it is not recognized on my computer.  

  • rainayoung22 Feb 06, 2009

    My card used to work but now my computer won't even recognize that i put it in. I've tried hooking my camera to my cumputer like i did last time when it worked and i've put the card directly into to computer and it still doesn't show up. I need my pictures on my computer. Help?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    I have a TDK Trans-It. It appears on the menu for My Computer, but when I click on it, I get a message to "Please insert a disk into drive F:". Once it found it but not all the media, and when that happend it also found it twice but could not open the second one. It allows me to stop it for safe removal...sometimes. I've had to reformat it once already, and I've been using it for about three weeks. I've tried every combination of removing it and putting it in other ports, rebooting, etc.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    I've tried to update my mp3 thumb drive and it says its updated but still won't play music



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Is there an indicator light on the drive? If so, is it on?

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Hello my friend. If the USB is mounted on location 0 and it does not appear in the disk manager even you setting the option show hidden then you got a ROOTKIT problem. Download the Sophos anti-rootkit and remove it, reboot your PC and its done.

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In Windows, open My Computer or Computer (depending on the OS) and you will see it listed under Drives with Removable Storage. You can use the file explorer to navigate through your regular drive and copy files to the thumb drive or the reverse. (I usually open two different windows and drag the files with a right-click then select Copy.) Synch programs can let you keep the thumb drive and hard disc copy at the same version. Alternatively, you can save a file directly from the program that you are usng to edit the material. (File > Save As and chose the destination). You can also open the file from the thumb drive in a similar mode. To avoid lost data, always select the Safely Remove Hardware from the taskbar (or Eject from the File Explorer) before unplugging the drive from the port.

The biggest problem is that the FAT formatting limits the number of files you can put on the disc unless you keep them in folders. (The same number of folders can be in the home directory as files without using folders.)

Bootable thumb drives (as well as those that can run software directly from the USB drive) come with software that lets them do this. Then they act like any optical disc with Autorun and executable programs. Readyboost is dealt with completely by the OS and keeps the drive (or portion of the drive) separate from the area that will store files.

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I received no response from you, so I contacted another organization. They have communicated with me letting me know they are working the problem. I have no inclination to either ask for your assistance or refer you to others in the future.

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There could be several explinations for what you are seeing. Could be you are plugging in a device which is sucking too much power and the laptop is shutting it down. I would test the port with something small like a thumb drive and see if it works. If the thumb drive works but the other device does not a couple of things could be going on. Maybe the device just need power - is there a way to plug in a power supply? Or maybe the device is broken and shorted out. Does the device work on another computer?

If something like a thumb drive does not work then it is a problem with the motherboard. Could be the USB ports are bad. It happens and there usually is no easy fix short or replacing the motherboard ($$$). Occasionally there is a BIOS setting for the USB ports. A bit of a long shot but worth a look.

A possible work around would be to get a power USB hub. A hub plugs into a USB port and provides 4 or 7 USB ports. Good ones come with a power supply. When the hub is plugged into the power supply it does not draw power from the computer. Might solve your problem.

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