PNY Flash Drive not readable

January 28, 2015 at 06:33:00
Specs: Windows XP
I have tried plugging my flash drive into different computers, all with the same problem: it's not readable. I went to the Device Manager and uninstalled the driver, then reinstalled and still it won't work. My whole life is on the drive and it was working fine yesterday! Please help...

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January 28, 2015 at 08:05:06
Can you go to Disk Managment to view how the drive is configured?

Right click 'My Computer' -> Click on 'Managment' -> Select 'Disk Managment'

That will give you an overview on how the drives are configured on your computer.

If you see the flash drive listed, can you tell us how it is configured

( Drive letter, file system (FAT/FAT32/NTFS), State (Healthy?)

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January 28, 2015 at 10:37:57
It does not show up under Disk Management. However, under Device Management the USB port it's connected to says "Device not available/unable to connect". There is a yellw exclamation point too. I'm thinking it's fried now, to be honest. Also, when I plugged it in, the green light usually does a few quick flashes before stopping and then it's ready to use. Today it was a very slow blink that lasted quite a while and then stopped.

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January 28, 2015 at 11:02:38
"I went to the Device Manager and uninstalled the driver"

There is no driver to uninstall, unless you mean the USB drivers?

"My whole life is on the drive"

USB flash drives are unreliable & should be used for temporary storage only. You should always create at least one backup of important files & if the data is extremely important, there should be at least 2 backups. If the flash drive went bad, there's little chance of retrieving your files.

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January 28, 2015 at 11:08:11
Yeah, thanks. I realized this as my life flashed before my eyes.

And it can be restored, but I'm not about to dish out $500 - $1200 to do so. It's all my pictures and things I've written. I mean, life can go on. I'm just depressed about it.

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January 28, 2015 at 11:45:32
Check that the flash drive connector is clear of stuff.

Fluff/objects can block or short out the connection, possibly causing the issues you are experiancing.

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January 28, 2015 at 15:08:15
I've had a very bad experience with PNY, whether it be RAM, Flash or what have you.

There's quite a good chance (above 99th percentile) that the drive is irrevocably toast. Like posters before me have said (and will continue to say), flash drive are horribly unreliable and should NEVER be used for vital data.

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January 31, 2015 at 09:28:37
Some Questions

Did you expand Disk Management to full screen?

Does the flash drive appear in My Computer?

Do you have any backup/imaging software on this flash drive?

What is the capacity of the drive?

Did you ever partition or format the drive?

Did you use the "Safely remove" function when unplugging the drive?

Are you plugging into a USB port on the computer or into a USB hub?

The link below has some support information.

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