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Remove all trace of USB device history

November 19, 2007 at 10:23:48
Specs: Win XP PRO sp2, n/a

Hi there,
I have recently brought ones of these [URL="http://www.corsair.com/products/padlock.aspx"]http://www.corsair.com/products/padlock.aspx[/URL]

I plugged it in, and it worked for a couple of days and then stopped alowing me to write to the drive.

I tried it on another computer(s) and it worked fine.
I have tried using device manager to try and uninsall and re-install the driver.
I haver also tried using the different ports, and a USB hub on my computer, with no luck

I then sent the thign back, and have just recieved the replacent. I am expercing the same problems.
I can only guess that the computer is somehow rembering the device or something!?

Is there anyway i can comepatly get rid of all traces from the computer, in order to try and get it working like that!??


There was no software or anything on disks to install. I was just simple PnP.


Any help would be much appreciated.
Matt (SR)

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#1
November 19, 2007 at 10:27:18

Ops...sorry about the bit at the top

" [URL="http://www.corsair.com/products/padlock.aspx"]http://www.corsair.com/products/padlock.aspx[/URL] "

Thats what its mean to be
http://www.corsair.com/products/pad...

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#2
November 19, 2007 at 10:35:10

When using WinXP SP2 you shouldn't need to install/ uninstall any drivers to use a USB flash drive. Are you connecting the drive to a hub of some sort? Does the drive show in My Computer or disk management?

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#3
November 19, 2007 at 11:17:14

Oringinally Yes, I was going through a 4-port hub. - Have juggled arround now so it's directly in, and still no luck.
Yes It does show in My computer,
And yes it does show in Disk manager - is there anything I can do in there? Reformat it or something?

Thanks so for OtheHill...But any more sujestions anyone please!?

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#4
November 19, 2007 at 11:42:02

When removing the device have you always used the remove safely icon in the tray to deactivate the device prior to physically removing?

You can reformat the drive by right clicking on the listing is My Computer and choose format. FAT32 allows the most flexibility for use with other computers that may not be using NTFS file system.


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#5
November 19, 2007 at 11:49:50

ermm...no...I never use Remove safely hardware icon!
I did'nt realise it really did anyhting...

You think that y i am experiancing problem?

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#6
November 19, 2007 at 11:55:42

Yes I do think that is why. When you remove the drive prematurely the drive may have still been transferring data. That will corrupt the drive.

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#7
November 19, 2007 at 11:57:35

Humm..and the computer end or something?
Becuase as i mentied above, the one I have now is a brandnew one that is still not working. - Same problem - Just got the drive a few hours ago.

Anything I can do!?

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#8
November 19, 2007 at 12:07:30

How is the drive formatted and what type of files are you copying to it?

I haven't seen that system of locking before. Maybe your issues have something to do with that. Did you read the instructions?

It appears this device locks itself when you remove it from the USB port. Did you know that?


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#9
November 19, 2007 at 12:10:22

Here's the instruction:

http://www.corsair.com/_productmanu...

I think I'm lost. First you said it worked for a couple of days and then it stopped. Then you told us Just got the drive a few hours ago.

Which is what?

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#10
November 19, 2007 at 12:29:11

OtheHill
Yes, I was using it fine, untill i used it the next day and it started givng theser messgaes - Only on this computer mind.


XPuser
Sorry to conuse you!
No, What i mean is, I purchced it - It stopped working - I sent it back - and just got the new one today, and the replacement does not work.

-Guessing it is a problem with this computer

Does that make sense!??
Sorry to confuse you!

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#11
November 19, 2007 at 12:37:36

Speaker

What are the messages you are getting? You haven't really explained how it has quit working?


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#12
November 19, 2007 at 13:35:27

lol..sorry..Ok...here goes

When I try to rename/copy a file to the drive it goes;

Error copying file or folder
Cannot copy *filename*: The disk is write-protected.

Remove the write-protection and try again.

When I careate a folder e.tc i get;

Unable to create the folder "New Folder"
The media is write protected.


It cannot be the lock on it becuase, A. untill unlocked it does not show up in My documents B. I have not put a lock on this new one anyway yet C. It works on other computers.

Anymore questions and i will try my best to give you the information you need.
Any sugestions please?!

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#13
November 19, 2007 at 14:21:46

I believe the drive may have BOTH the pin# AND a copy protection device. Copy protection may be a small slider on the drive. You need to read the documentation.

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#14
November 19, 2007 at 14:24:13

Hummm....Ok...I will go read it again!..brb soon!

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#15
November 19, 2007 at 14:32:54

Ok....I dn;t see any record of that in the manual-unless i have sudenyl gone blind.

Also, If there is one, It cn't be on becuase as i said it works fine on other computers. - Just not this one!

Thanks for all the advise so far!

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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#16
November 19, 2007 at 21:03:04

The fact that it worked on another system should have hinted you to NOT return it for a replacement. But now you know. ;-)

Have you looked into the device manager in safemode?


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#17
November 20, 2007 at 04:32:10

>Yes It does show in My computer,
And yes it does show in Disk manager -<

Try to assign it a different drive letter in Disk Management.

USB devices write quite a bit of info to the registry so you can never un-install it completely, unless you can find every registry reference. Not easy.

Download and run USBDeview at - http://www.nirsoft.net

This will show all USB history info (but not every entry) from the registry and allow you to delete old or bad entries.


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#18
November 20, 2007 at 14:27:53

Sabertooth;
Yes I have looked at it, and tried to uninstall in safe mode.

- Regarding sending it back - I was hoping somehow the device number might be differnet or something - Just enough to make it recigonise it as something different and make it work lol!


Bob.D
Ok..I will try both of those things in a few mins and post back..

Thanks for help again so far all.

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#19
November 21, 2007 at 11:10:19

Ok...chnging the drive letter does not work...

and the software...it was still insatlled in the regerstry like you described...(that a great piece of software btw!)....so I uninstalled....Then pluged it back in, and it gave a message while installing I had forgotten about.

While it was insatalling it did its usall stuff;
then said a pop-up error message said;


Windows Explorer
D:\ refers to a location that is unavaliable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.

Does that really mean anything to anyone for a problem like this!?
Any more sugestions!
Many thanks!

If It's not broken, Don't fix it!


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