USB Flash Drive not being Recognized

December 20, 2009 at 13:59:44
Specs: Windows XP

My USB is not being recognized on my laptop and desktop. I used me brother's USB and that works fine. So the ports on my laptop and desktop are fine, its just the USB. When i plug in my USB it says it is not being recognized.Like before the little red light still flashes, i tried using the ports on the back still the same thing, also once i go into Device Manager i see "Other Devices" and "USB Device" both which have a giant yellow question mark beside them. When i click "USB Device" and update it says the wizard could not find the appropriate software.

I am running on Windows XP and SP2.

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December 20, 2009 at 14:13:56

When you say "My USB is not being recognized" are you referring to a USB flashdrive? If you've tried it in a number of systems and none of them will recognize it then it's time to get another one. Did you always use the "Safely remove hardware" routine before disconnecting the USB stick?

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December 20, 2009 at 14:19:52

I second Richard59. Flash chips is what USB flash drive is all about. Flash chips also require extra tender loving care when dislodging it from its mother (Windows). You can imagine the mother's furor if you try to snatch the baby out from her arms without first asking for permission The mother's furor is all it takes to kill flash drive.


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December 20, 2009 at 15:34:26

So the USB is dead? Can i still get my info back that was on it?

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December 20, 2009 at 21:52:11

If you could then it wouldn't be dead. Sorry but dead is dead when it comes to flash media. That's why such drives should not be used as sole backup. In future back up important info to two or more locations including optical media. (CD / DVD)

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February 21, 2010 at 14:44:10

I am trying for the first time to use a USB drive with my Windows 7 system. I've tried 2 so far and neither worked.

It's not the USB drives it's the OS because these sticks still work in another system. I beleive this guy was given bad advice that his sticks was bad. It needs to be tested in another system first.

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