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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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  • AmyRoth Jul 31, 2008

    Thank you for the quick response. These thumb drives have never needed drivers before and do not come with drivers for my previous, older computers. I am using ZT 5014ZI-33, with Vista Home.

  • gicha3 Nov 03, 2008

    I've got the same?
    I've got 2 external HD that are not recognized by XP on my desktop but they are on my laptop (XP).
    I tried to change driver, I've formated computer, usb in BIOS ok,....
    Strangly, when I use a usb1 hub, it works!!!!
    So if someone has the answer I would be interested in fast working.


  • macaisme72 Feb 25, 2009

    my usb ports work with mouse and keyboard, printer etc but when i use thumb drive, external drive it freezes the hole computer, which ecover as soon as thumb drive removed, thougt it was drivers, but when done a full reinstall of vista premium with service pack 1, this is still a issue. any help now will be helpfull.

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I'm not completely sure, but this may be a result of faulty drivers.
Try googling the brand name and the word: "Driver"; along with any other details about the device. (Model No. et cetera.)

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

  • Murdock Grewar
    Murdock Grewar Aug 01, 2008

    I'm sorry, I should have been more specific;

    I meant details about your thumbrive/USB device.



    Tell me the details in a comment and I'll be happy to find the drivers for you.

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