Why won't W7 recognize XP USB flash drives

Corsair 16gb flash voyager usb2.0 flash...
November 9, 2010 at 16:17:07
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate, AMD Phenom II X6 1090 8gb Ram
I have a couple of USB flash drives that I use in Win XP machines. Now when I plug them into my new Win 7 machine it says i must format the drives. Well obviously not going to do that. I do have a WD 320 GB external USB HDD that it will recognise, but not the Corsair or Cruzer 16GB & 4GB flash drives. I have just tried my Sprint evo phone as well. On the Win XP machines it can recognise the disk drive and allow me to transfer the files, but the Win 7 machine says I must format it...

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#1
November 9, 2010 at 17:30:03
I can't imagine any MS native format in xp that Windows 7 can't use unless it is some encrypted drive.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
November 9, 2010 at 18:36:46
Jefro

Neither flash drive is encrypted. The Corsair 16 GB is used regularly from computer to computer, just not the win 7.

The San Disk Cruzer 4GB has the U3 stuff on it but it is disabled.

The smartphone is just how it is.

Again all three work fine on my windows XP SP2 machine, but all three are in need of formatting on my Win 7 ultimate 64 bit machine when they are plugged into it. No files are recognized.


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#3
November 9, 2010 at 19:21:34
Then I'd begin to wonder if there is some problem with the usb port on the new computer. Even if the Windows 7 was pro on a domain it still shouldn't say it is raw or need formatting.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
November 9, 2010 at 19:29:41
USB port is fine. recognizes and runs printers, a 320GB WD external HDD. I actually have 3 front USB ports and all three work.

The 2 flash drives and the smartphone do not work, and get the message all 3 need to be formatted.. I believe both flash drives are FAT32, the WD EXT HDD I formatted on an xp machine to be NFTS., BUT Win 7 should recognize FAT32


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#5
November 10, 2010 at 12:40:08
The evidence seems to suggest otherwise.

Try a usb extension cable maybe. Either the computer is bad or the usb devices.


If you want you can boot to a live cd. That may help a lot anyway.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#6
November 10, 2010 at 18:47:51
Why not format to NTFS on either computer?

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#7
November 10, 2010 at 19:18:33
That is an option, but do I need to have a baling wire solution? Win 7 is supposed to recognize the flash drive in the current format, Every flash drive I receive or use needs to be modified?


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