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I have had this flash drive since last December. Worked perfectly until this morning. Suddenly, Windows Vista lists it as a Removable Drive instead of an USB Drive as usual. I cannot access this drive. The file presently on it have yet to be backed up; therefore, I am in dire straights. What can I do to access this drive?

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  • bks2009tas Nov 15, 2009

    The solution you suggested did not work. There is no Summary Tab. I entered a name under the General tab which was deemed invalid. Other available tabs are Tools, Hardware, Sharing, and Customize.

  • bks2009tas Nov 15, 2009

    This did not work. There is no summary tab. When I right-click and select properties, there is a General tab, followed by Tools, Hardware, Sharing, and Customize. There is no name/label. The type is Removable Disk with an Unknown File System and No indication of Used or Free Space.


    When I type a name in the label. Windows says that it is invalid.

  • bks2009tas Nov 15, 2009

    I have had this flash drive since last December. Worked perfectly until this morning. Suddenly, Windows Vista lists it as a Removable Drive instead of an USB Drive as usual. I cannot access this drive. The file presently on it have yet to be backed up; therefore, I am in dire straights. What can I do to access this drive?
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    Nov 15, 2009 - The solution you suggested did not work. There is no Summary Tab. I entered a name under the General tab which was deemed invalid. Other available tabs are Tools, Hardware, Sharing, and Customize.

    Nov 15, 2009 - This did not work. There is no summary tab. When I right-click and select properties, there is a General tab, followed by Tools, Hardware, Sharing, and Customize. There is no name/label. The type is Removable Disk with an Unknown File System and No indication of Used or Free Space.
    When I type a name in the label. Windows says that it is invalid.

  • bks2009tas Nov 15, 2009

    I will try this; but, no files were deleted. The flash drive is inaccessible via Windows

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Hello and thank you for using Fixya's services.

You may be able to download a free software to help you retrieve your files. Please visit this link and check out the software they offer. It looks promising.

http://www.aplusperfect.com/articles/recover-deleted-files-from-a-flash-drive-for-free

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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    Jennifer DeLaCruz Nov 15, 2009

    This will also "pull" your files from the thumb drive as well.

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    Hello,



    I wanted to check and make sure that I assisted with the problem you were having. Please let me know if you have additional questions.



    Thank you for using Fixya!



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Hi,
There is a simple fix for this.When it shows "Removable Disk" try to right click and hit Properties. Then fill in a Name in the Summary tab (your name). Suddenly you should get a pop up.It will start working again.
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