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Flash drive does not open when clicked on, but 'explore' works

Double clicking on my usb flash drive does not work. However it does work if the "open folder to view files" is selected in autoplay, and the "explore" option works too. I have problems ejecting the drive as well as it says "generic volume cannot be stopped"

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  • purpleskies4 Jun 20, 2009

    thanks a lot...there were no other programs running though...and it is happening with all drives..

  • purpleskies4 Jun 20, 2009

    I did that..no other files were running and it happens with other flash drives also

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Useualy when it says it cant be stoped its because some program is useing it, if doubble clicking on the drive in "My Computer" doesn't work its because there is a corruped file in the auto play, no real need for panic, cuz it will open if used under "exsplore" try another flash drive and see if it does the same thing to see if its just the drive or your PC. Ill bet it's just the drive. GL Hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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    John Ashton Jun 20, 2009

    Try a differand flash drive to see if it is just that one or a software problem on your pc. If it is your software its most likely a registry error, we can probly fix this also.

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