Laptop Not Detecting Flash Drive

September 18, 2009 at 13:45:15
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 GHz / 3 GB

This is regarding my laptop and not my desktop PC. Laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1545 (Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3400 each @ 2.0 GHz, 3 GB Ram, Windows Vista Home Premium SP2). It fails to detect my Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager USB flash drive. This flash drive works fine on my two desktop PCs and a Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527 laptop. The Dell laptop does detect all my other flash drives. It just doesn't recognize the Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager. When I input the flash drive into any one of the 3 USB drives on the Dell laptop, nothing happens and I don't see a drive letter associated with it. I went into device manager to see if there's a problem under the usb controllers and didn't find anything.

If anyone knows how to resolve this issue, I would really appreciate it, thanks.


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#1
September 18, 2009 at 13:47:39

Maybe is recognized but no drive letter is assigned.
Check this in the disk management console.

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#2
September 18, 2009 at 14:04:26

I checked disk management, its not there. When I put in one of my other flash drives, they all show up but not the Corsair one.

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#3
September 18, 2009 at 14:17:54

Any errors in the event log?

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#4
September 18, 2009 at 14:42:27

I'm not quite familiar with the event viewer. Can you please walk me through as to what I'm looking for?

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#5
September 18, 2009 at 14:59:00

Click Start / Run and type in eventvwr.msc, then click ok.
In the eventviewer on the left hand side, you see:
Application
Security
System

Check the Application and System entries for errors, that are marked with a small red icon infront of it.


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#6
September 18, 2009 at 15:15:26

For the application section, there's one error in the event log for today, September 18, 2009.

For general view, I see this:

Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

The detailed description is:

- System

- Provider

[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-WMI
[ Guid] {1edeee53-0afe-4609-b846-d8c0b2075b1f}
[ EventSourceName] WinMgmt

- EventID 10

[ Qualifiers] 49152

Version 0

Level 2

Task 0

Opcode 0

Keywords 0x80000000000000

- TimeCreated

[ SystemTime] 2009-09-18T18:37:07.000Z

EventRecordID 1833

Correlation

- Execution

[ ProcessID] 0
[ ThreadID] 0

Channel Application

Computer My-PC

Security

- EventData

//./root/CIMV2
SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99
0x80041003

For system, it shows 2 errors for today, the general description for the first one is:

The Intel(R) PRO/1000 NDIS 6 Adapter Driver service failed to start due to the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

The second one says:

The Intel(R) PRO/1000 PCI Express Network Connection Driver service failed to start due to the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

Sources for both system errors are "Service Control Manager Eventlog Provider".


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#7
September 18, 2009 at 15:30:14

This has nothing to do with your problem.
Have you already tried to restart your pc with the USB-Stick already plugged in?

It's windows vista, right?


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#8
September 18, 2009 at 15:42:11

Yes, I've tried doing so but still no luck. And yes, the laptop is Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2. Its the Dell Inspiron 1545 model.

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#9
September 18, 2009 at 15:51:23

USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports, e.g. ports in a hub that's multiple ports connected to only one USB port directly connected to the mboard.

Are you plugging the Corsair 32gb drive directly into the USB ports built into the laptop?
.....

You could try re-loading your USB stack, but you usually don't need to do that for a laptop.
See the latter part of response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#10
September 18, 2009 at 16:15:04

I don't have a USB hub so I am connecting the flash drive directly into the built-in USB ports of the laptop. Could it be that I need to update my drivers?

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#11
September 18, 2009 at 16:24:36

As far as I know, Windows Vista has some problems with USB-Sticks and does not recognize all of them.
This is also stated at the Microsoft support page.

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#12
September 18, 2009 at 16:26:39

Thank you so much for all your help today. I really appreciate it. My other flash drives are working just fine so it's not a big deal for me. Thanks again.

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#13
September 18, 2009 at 17:21:14

Some software cannot read HD drives they have a modified file system,

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