Problem with XP and USB Flash drive

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  1. 0wn3d_productivity

    0wn3d_productivity OT Supporter

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    On my work comp running XP Pro, I use a flash drive to hold some things that are too big for a floppy. Until last week it worked fine, but now XP doesn't recognize the drive anymore. I've tried two other drives and none of them work. The strange thing is, when you insert the drive, XP let's you know it's plugged in, but if you go into My Computer and try and paste something into the drive, it's no longer listed. I've tried all the USB ports as well- it's a Dell with like 6 ports. Anyone ever have this happen? Any ideas on how to make the computer recognize the drive?
     
  2. Goonigoogoo

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    Try and do a reboot, sounds simple enough but some people don't reboot their PC unless they lose electricity.

    DL and install all available updates for windows xp.

    Try and use another USB flash drive just to be sure its not the flash drive itself that's fubared.
     
  3. 0wn3d_productivity

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    I did reboot and the machine is up to date on updates. It's strange- one day it works fine, the next it doesn't. :ugh:
     
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    Right click on My Comptuer, go to manage, and click on disk management.

    Make sure you see the drive there when plugged in. It will also tell you what the drive letter is. Maybe there's a conflict somewhere?

    At work, we have a lot of network drives and almost all of them are taken up which gives me a similar problem.
     
  5. Zourn

    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    On my mother's work computer, XP automatically assigns the same drive letter as one of the network drives to the usb keys, and then in my computer the network drive overrides the usb flash drive.
    PITA, to have to change it's drive letter everytime you plug it in.
     
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    go to run and type services.msc and see if you have plug and play enabled
     

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