USB Ports don't recognize typical thumb drive, mass storage devices
Since I purchased the computer in 5/08 the USB ports often don't recognize typical thumb drives. Occasionally it works fine but more often I get an error message that the device is not recognized. I have tried different brands of different size thumb drives, but when the computer is not in a "mood" to recognize them it just doesn't. Any advice? Thank you!
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You should connect the sony micro
device to your computer once its connected to the usb lead it should
automatically in windows 7 or you might have to open it open up manually it
might be listed as a mass storage device click start right click on my computer
you should see your mass storage device if you dont see it click start control panel
administration tools computer management device manager scroll through all of
the devices if you see a yellow question or exclamation mark or a red x you
will need to update the driver right click on the device to update driver if your computer came with
a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it if you can see your usb but
its not working ports(com&lpt)right click update
driver :hope this helps:
The "USB mode" and "Connecting to Mass Storage" message will get displayed when the Camera is connected to the Computer and is recognized by the Computer as a Mass Storage device. This is not an error message and is a normal operation.
You can change the Mass Storage settings in the Camera (depends on the model) The USB Select or USB Connect option in the Camera can be changed to PTP, Mass Storage or PictBridge mode. Set the option in the Camera to PTP and connect it to the Computer and check if the Computer is recognizing the connection. Once the computer is recognized, it appear as a removable Drive.
You can transfer the images from the Camera to the Computer from the Removable Drive by copying and pasting.
A "USB" cannot be formatted. A USB is simply a port, one of several methods of connecting a device to a computer. There is also serial ports, parallel ports, fire wire ports, infrared and blue tooth. There may be other ports, the ones I mention are common.
If you have a device you have connected to your computer through a USB port, Windows newer than 98 should detect the device. If the device requires external power, make sure you are supplying it. (Did it come with a power cord or a transformer and power cord?) Find the device. Click on My Computer and see if it is listed. You have given scant little description of the device so I am slugging forward in the dark. If this is a mass storage device or a memory stick or a thumb drive and is a recent device (new), it should be formatted already and should open when you click on it. If it is an older device (an old Cruizer for example) you can go to the Cruizer web site and get instructions on how to remove that application and use your stick as a normal memory stick. If it is neither, right click on the device, one of the options should be "format" ... select format.
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I have the same issue. I have 4 Simpletech Signature 250GB drives. They all worked fine at first. After about six months two of them started connecting at USB 1 speeds. It occurs on 4 different computers!!! The post about it being the computer assumes is wrong. How can it work fine for six months and then suddenly change. Also it occurs on different computers. I have submitted a tech support request with simpletech and will post the results.
First, I need to ask the dumb questions:
1. Are both computers running XP?
2. When you connect the camera, do you turn the camera on?
3. Do other USB devices work when connected to the same
USB PORTS you are using to connect the camera?
Ok, since the camera is not recognized at all on both computers, we can
pretty much disregard USB PORT failure, but just in case, try different
USB PORTS on both, please.
Most if not all cameras should be recognized as mass storage devices
just by connecting them to USB PORT on computer, and should be visible
as a new drive in MY COMPUTER icon.
Maybe your bundled USB CABLE is not working, or this is one camera that
insists on using the bunbled software package that came with the
Last thing to try is to buy a multi-card reader/writer and put the memory card in there. That has to work!
Make sure the camera is on and STORAGE is selected on the camera screen when connected to the computer. You will need to have STORAGE highlighted and select OK on the camera as this starts the camera and computer to communicate. Once communication established the LCD screen of the camera goes dark and the computer should generate a removable disk drive. Check the System Tray (lower right corner beside the PC time) for Safely Remove Hardware. When you click on it, it should read "Safely Remove USB Mass Storage Device Drive ?:" If you dont see that, then check the Device Manager to see if the camera is recognized as USB Mass Storage Device. The camera uses the driver usbstor.
This just means it is trying to recognize the device. All you need to do is allow it to recogniz the device and find the proper drivers. You can put files in here by going into my computer and double clicking the mass storage device. Files can be draged or copied in here, then taken anywhere you need to go.