USB drive not showing up in My Computer

February 16, 2010 at 19:47:43
Specs: Windows XP SP2

When Windows boots up and I plug in my flash drive it shows up in my computer and allows me to access all of its contents. However, if I remove the flash drive (by means of Safe Removal) and then reinsert it, I get the connection sound (ding dong), but the drive doesn't show up in My Computer. I can go to Admin Tools and see the drive, but it is unlettered. I have tried changing the letter and there is still the problem. Its frustrating having to restart my computer every time just to explore a flash drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, this is becoming a nuisance.

Thanks in Advance.


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#1
February 16, 2010 at 23:24:52

Alex4, I could be all wet, but sounds to me like you need to install it. Then, your machine won't care if it's there or not, missing will simply return a null to any read whereas it'll show 'ready' when there.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
February 17, 2010 at 07:34:01

I uninstalled the flash drive and reinstalled it and no help. It seems like a lettering problem because when I insert the drive the second time the drive isn't assigned a letter.

This is in Admin Tools
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#3
February 17, 2010 at 14:28:49

USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix, or your power supply may be starting to fail.
See response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.
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The flash drive (or external drive, or memory card reader) must be plugged into a port it will actually work in.

How to tell if the flash drive (or external drive, or memory card reader) is properly recognized as a hardware device, even if you can't access it's data.
Programs you can try to recover your data, if that's okay.

The most frequent reason people can no longer access the data on a USB flash drive, USB External drive, or a memory card on a computer

See Response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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