Solved plugged in flash drive w/ camera memory nothing happens W10

September 2, 2015 at 10:25:21
Specs: Windows 10, 4gb RAM
I've installed Win10 a few weeks ago. Today I plugged in my flash drive with the camera memory to transfer pix to computer but nothing happens. Is it b/c of the new Win10, or just another computer glitch.

Thanks ever so much for any ideas.


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September 3, 2015 at 07:35:01
OK I now see where the confusion was. A "flash drive" is a memory device that plugs into a USB socket (it saves things by flashing its memory). What you are referring to is a "card reader" which plugs into a USB socket - it doesn't flash anything in its own right.

What I have found is those card readers are not too reliable, although I accept it was working previously. I honestly can't think of anything useful to suggest apart from buying another one to see if that does any better. Just the same it would be interesting to try the card reader on another computer to see if it works on there.

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September 2, 2015 at 10:46:23
Is it b/c of the new Win10, or just another computer glitch.

I believe neither. First give us some more info about your "flash drive with the camera memory" especially the brand name & the manufacturer. Most likely you probably will need to install driver designed for Windows 10 to access this unusual flash drive.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#2
September 2, 2015 at 12:40:43
Don't know what you mean by "flash drive with the camera memory" but whatever it is a good start is to see if it appears as a drive when plugged in. If it does it might simply need AutoPlay switched on.

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#3
September 2, 2015 at 16:45:31
Thank you XpUser. The "memory" is from my DIGITAL CAMERA NIKON COOLPIX S3300. The flash drive is "IOGEAR". I have some pix in the camera and wanted to transfer them to my computer doing the same thing I did for all my other (successful) transfers, but this time nothing happens on the screen.

The way I learned to do it is: I remove the memory from my digital camera, insert it into the flash drive, and insert the flash drive into a USB in the computer.

Why do you say this flash drive is unusual?

Is it safe enough to install Win10 drivers without knowing if I need them or not? Thanx again!


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#4
September 2, 2015 at 16:52:36
Hi Derk and thank you. I explained about "flash drive with the camera memory" in my post above. You have a good point, but when I plugged it in it didn't give any signs of appearing as a drive. In case I missed it, how can you tell whether it appears as a drive? Thank you.

P.S. I think my AutoPlay must be on because all other things seem to follow this function....



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#5
September 2, 2015 at 17:39:19
Never mind my thought that the flash drive is unusual. You just clarified it by stating that you use Nikon Coolpix S3300 AND IOGEAR card reader flash drive. My wife also uses Nikon Coolpix too.

Correct me if I am mistaken - you attach the SDHC memory card from the camera into the IOGEAR flash drive and then you connect the IOGEAR flash drive to one of the computer USB ports, right?

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#6
September 2, 2015 at 18:09:47
Yes . . . . :o)

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September 3, 2015 at 07:35:01
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OK I now see where the confusion was. A "flash drive" is a memory device that plugs into a USB socket (it saves things by flashing its memory). What you are referring to is a "card reader" which plugs into a USB socket - it doesn't flash anything in its own right.

What I have found is those card readers are not too reliable, although I accept it was working previously. I honestly can't think of anything useful to suggest apart from buying another one to see if that does any better. Just the same it would be interesting to try the card reader on another computer to see if it works on there.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
September 3, 2015 at 10:21:49
Thanks so much Derek, I'm also ignorant on high tech vocabulary! :-) So if "Card Reader" is the same as the "Flash Drive", since I have 2 more, I'll try one of them to see whether the one I tried is defective. I should've thought of this before... I use it only for transfers rather than as storage.

Trying it on another computer would be best, but I only have one. I will report whether or not another card reader works. Thank you again.


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#9
September 4, 2015 at 20:25:56
Oh I was just going to try using one of my other flash drives to transfer the pix but . . . they don't have a notch to insert the camera memory. You're right then that there's a difference in terminology between the flash drives and the card reader.

Well...I still have the problem, but at least I've learned a new high tech vocabulary. :)


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#10
September 5, 2015 at 07:46:03
Maybe you have a friend who would let you plug your USB Card Reader in their computer - it would be worth trying. If that can't read it then it definitely needs replacing. Unfortunately if another computer can read it, it doesn't categorically prove that it's a computer fault because those USB card readers can be fussy at times.

Presumably your computer has no inbuilt card reader. Let us have the computer make and model number.

Another possibility is the SD card itself rather than the USB Card Reader.

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#11
September 5, 2015 at 17:12:17
Hi, no I don't have a friend locally who even has a computer lol.... The building where I live has a "Compute Room" which I thought of going to, except I don't know how to transfer my files to those computers so I can see that it works beyond just the plugging in and showing on the screen: “Safely remove hardware and eject media”. Because my card reader shows this much.....

You're so right that it could be the SD card or my little card reader. I think I'll go to a large high tech store here and ask them to test both the card reader and the SD card. I bought from them my camera so they may do that for me. :)

Is it possible to leave this thread open for a couple of (business) days so I can post the result? If not, it's okay. You've helped me a lot and I appreciate it so much!


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#12
September 6, 2015 at 06:41:40
These threads stay open for months so that's no problem.

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#13
September 6, 2015 at 17:53:09
Thank you. On another matter (and I'm sorry to add another problem to this thread), Win10 shows a "Critical Error: Start menu and Cortana aren't working. We'll try to fix it the next time you sign in." And of course it never fixes it though I tried and tried.

If you (or others on this thread) happen to have Win10 and encountered this problem, could you/they tell me if there's something I can do from here? This "Critical Error" stopped my entire computer except when I poke, and click and drag at random, I get my email program to work. But nothing else works, including no browser or links can be opened at all. I don't know how I got to this website....but can't open anything else.

It happened once when I just installed it but they probably sent updates to fix it because after a few days it did get fixed.

Thanks for any ideas, but if not, please don't worry as I've already burdened this thread enough. :)

P.S. Oh I know how I got to this site - I went to my server's webmail (which I hate to use) lol!

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#14
September 8, 2015 at 07:18:23
I'm not on Win 10 (waiting for more bugs to get sorted). However, as your question at #13 is a new topic you might be better off to post it as new. That will put it up to the top of the list and make it easer for other helpers to discover.

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#15
September 10, 2015 at 20:06:22
Thank you Derek and I'm sorry i didn't do much since Win10 again shut off my computer completely for another few more days. Then it fixed it again but I never know when it will strike! Now it has shut just part of it. So it's kind of difficult to work this. I do have in mind to follow your good advice and will report back. Thanx again!

P.S. Right below your #14 post there's this ad:

Windows® 10 Driver Update
Download DriverUpdate for Windows® Microsoft® Certified Partner.
www.windows-10.driverupdate.net

Did you mean for me to download the drivers? Can I do this even though MS is working on the windows? I don't know what to do...


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#16
September 11, 2015 at 05:21:44

Re "Driver Update". NO, avoid it. Despite that happening to be an advert on this website it is best not to use any third party driver updates (usually programs). If you need driver updates you go to the manufacturer of your computer.

You might care to glance through this (WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING) as it makes the point admirably.

Repost your new problem.

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#17
September 14, 2015 at 19:57:13
Oh THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'll ask Dell if I should download drivers. And will also browse the ad about the drivers to learn a bit more.

I went to a large camera shop here to test my card reader, but my luck, I forgot it was the Jewish Holidays and they closed for the entire week! lol!

Sorry to answer with delay but, again, due to my having installed Win10 and while MS is working on it, I was left with being able to use the emails but without the links or internet. Right now I'm enjoying both the emails and internet - for how long? - no one knows but hopefully it will settle down soon... Thanks again. I'll report the results.


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#18
September 15, 2015 at 07:35:35
OK thanks for the update.

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#19
September 16, 2015 at 11:23:54
Hello again. This moment I was going to the tech store to ask why the card reader didn't work, but I thought let me try one more time before I go and....low and behold, it worked! So it must've been all along caused by the installation of the new Win10 because also, all the links and the internet have been working properly.

I thank you so much for your patience and showing me new tech things. :o) Adela


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#20
September 16, 2015 at 13:41:31
Maybe there was a Windows update or a driver update for Windows 10 that fixed it.

It seems that some bugs are still flying out of Win 10.

Thanks for the feedback and I hope it stays fixed.

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