Flash Drive Not Detected

Gateway / E4300
January 23, 2010 at 13:14:41
Specs: Windows XP Professional
Hello, I have a flash drive that was working with
my computer before I did a service pack 3
update, but now is undetected no matter what
port I use. The flash drive light's up, but
remains undetected in My-Computer. Should I
hunt down the specific driver online (even
though I didn't need a driver originally), or
adjust the settings in Device-Manager. Also, in
Device-Manager, there were no error
messages, nor was my flash drive detected.
Any help would be great, thanks.

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January 23, 2010 at 14:23:03
Have you tried the device in another computer?


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January 23, 2010 at 19:06:40
Sorry for the delay, I just got home from work. I will try the drive
on my friends computer tomorrow, but how easy is it to break a
flash drive (one that is 5 years old at that) ? Thanks

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January 23, 2010 at 22:43:22
The flash drive (or external drive, or memory card reader) must be plugged into a port it will actually work in.

The flash drive MAY NOT show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer if it's data is damaged. It sounds like the flash drive is being recognized as a hardware device, but the data on it is not being recognized.

How to tell if the flash drive 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

See Response 2:

Go to Device Manager.
e.g. RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager

If the USB controllers entry is there but it's NOT opened up to reveal what's in it, there's nothing wrong with the USB controllers or the drivers for them.

If the USB controllers entry is there and it IS opened up to reveal what's in it, tell us which entry(ies) has(have) a red X or yellow ! beside it(them).

If the USB controllers entry is NOT there, then either you USB controllers are not enabled in the mboards bios Setup, or they are not working for some other hardware related reason (e.g. your power supply is no longer producing 5v, or, extremely unlikely, the USB controllers are fried).
NOTE that some laptops have no entry that enables/disables USB controllers - in that case they are always enabled.

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