Solved how to get windows to recognize compact flash

January 17, 2020 at 17:15:32
Specs: Windows 10, 4GB
My Windows 10 laptop will not recognize the following Compact Flash:

SunDisk 1.0 GB, plugged into a ZIO! - USB adapter

When I plug the above configuration into a USB port of my laptop, the three-note tone sounds, which leads me to believe the Compact Flash is recognized. But when I look for the CF in Windows File Explorer, it's not there.

Anyone have a similar experience or any suggestions? Thanks.

howagood


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February 5, 2020 at 13:27:07
I'll answer my own question. The problem was not with the Compact Flash,nor the laptop, nor Windows 10. The piece-of-Krap Zio! CF-to-USB adapter I was using was apparently not working despite the fact that it lit up like a pinball machine.
I tried another adapter I happened to have, an unbranded Chinese, pre-Coronavirus. Bingo! It recognized my CF card. Problem solved! Thanks to all who responded.

howagood



#1
January 17, 2020 at 17:35:03
Is the card upside down?

Is it showing in disk management.


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#2
January 17, 2020 at 17:55:21
CF card is plugged into adapter correctly. It has a groove on one edge, which makes it impossible to plug any other way. How do I navigate to elusive disk management?
Thanks

howagood


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#3
January 17, 2020 at 18:00:36
Copy & Paste disk management into search.
Or. Right click on the Start button.

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#4
January 17, 2020 at 20:05:23
How to Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows 10
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...

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#5
January 17, 2020 at 20:50:46
To be sure if the issue is with the SD card, the adapter, or the computer (or USB port) you will need to experiment a little first.
First try a different USB port
Try it in a different computer.
Try it with a different adapter and a different machine or in a machine that has a reader already
If any works then you will know where the issue is. If none work then the card is bad. They do go bad.

If it shows up in Disk Manager as raw or unallocated then it needs formatting. If there is data on it that is not also somewhere else (not a good idea) then you will need to first try to recover the data.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
January 17, 2020 at 23:06:19
If you're using a USB 3 port try instead a USB 2 port. Also it may be a driver problem. Open device manager and see if any problems show there. That Zio! stuff seems to be kinda old and their dazzle.com site is gone.

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#7
January 18, 2020 at 11:35:12
I found Disk Management. But I don't see the Compact Flash drive listed there. At least I don't think I do. There is something listed, called WINRE_DRV, 1000 MB. That would match the capacity of my Compact Flash. However, WINRE_DRV appears in Disk Management whether or not the Compact Flash is plugged in.

howagood


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#8
January 18, 2020 at 16:22:17
"WINRE_DRV"
That is your recovery partition.

Take a screenshot ( SS ) of Disk Management with the Compact Flash plugged in please.
Upload to http://en.directupload.net/
No account needed. Give us the link/links please

message edited by Johnw


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#9
January 18, 2020 at 19:15:10
1000 MB is 1 gig. If that's the capacity of your flash drive, it's pretty small by today's standards and could indicate an older drive.
Flash drives don't last forever and if it is an older one, it's quite possibly given up the ghost.

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#10
January 24, 2020 at 06:14:25
If it isn't even shown in Windows Explorer, booting from it will not work.

The beeps on start may indicate whatever, including errors. Check the manual of your motherboard/laptop


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#11
February 5, 2020 at 13:27:07
✔ Best Answer
I'll answer my own question. The problem was not with the Compact Flash,nor the laptop, nor Windows 10. The piece-of-Krap Zio! CF-to-USB adapter I was using was apparently not working despite the fact that it lit up like a pinball machine.
I tried another adapter I happened to have, an unbranded Chinese, pre-Coronavirus. Bingo! It recognized my CF card. Problem solved! Thanks to all who responded.

howagood


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#12
February 5, 2020 at 16:27:38
Good news howagood, thanks for the feedback.

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#13
February 5, 2020 at 20:48:13
Reply #5: "Try it with a different adapter and....."
Glad you resolved it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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