USB Drive not in My Computer

April 16, 2009 at 08:46:56
Specs: Windows XP SP3
I plug in my USB drive (SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2Gb) and it lights up, the device manager shows it as plugged in, but it is not in My Compuer?? I may have recently got some sort of Virus or Malware because i also noticed that I now have 2 more DVD Drives showing up - they're listed as DVD scsi drives i think.. Another weird thing - in the 'safely remove hardware' box, the writing and icons are a light blue colour, dunno what the heck is goin on!! Please help :)

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April 16, 2009 at 08:56:09
Windows is kinda stupid when it comes to mapping drive letters for USB drives, sometimes it gives them the same drive letter as a network or CD/DVD drive. You say you now have more DVD drives mapped so I suspect this is the issue.

First, launch Explorer and note the drive letters that are being used. Now right click on "My Computer" and select Manage. Click on Disk Management and look what drive letter is being assigned to the USB stick. If it's the same as a letter already being used, right click on the drive and select "Change Drive Letter And Paths" and assign it a different drive letter that isn't being used.

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April 16, 2009 at 08:59:14
iloveyounambour: Was your USB Drive ever working? If so try to state the time and action that led it to be this way.

Did you install any burning or virtual drive softwares? such as POWER ISO?

I would advice you to download something called AVG Anti virus update it and scan your whole computer.

If you can't find it need a link?


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April 16, 2009 at 09:10:43
Thanks guys...

Disk Management only has one drive showing up: "CD-ROM 0 DVD (D:)

I have installed no new software since the drive stopped showing up - it works fine on my other computer still...

I did get some sort of virus though - I do have AVG installed and there was a whole bunch of trojans n malware put into the virus vault.

As I speak, I've started getting little notification windows pop-up every now and then:

"16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem" is the window title
Error is from "S32EVNT1.DLL - An installable Virtual Device Driver failed DLL initialization. Choose close to terminate this application"

This is looking worse :(

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April 16, 2009 at 09:21:10
my advice would be boot into safe mode and run a full PC scan when all is done remove all trojans/worms/viruses found then boot up your pc insert your flash and when/if read and recognized scan it too.

HINT also scan the other PC viruses tend to spread quicker than blinking.


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June 8, 2009 at 05:44:34
Hey dude,

Any update on your situation? Did all go fine? If yes how?


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