Can't use removable drives anymore

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November 28, 2009 at 09:49:32
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Athlon X2 4000+, 4GB DDR2
Everytime I plug a removable drive into my comp, it says "This drive must be formatted before you can use it."
This happens with drives that do not need formatting and it happens no matter where I plug in: USB port, card reader, thumb drives, SD cards, etc. When I do try to let it format a drive it fails at the end every time. This started after a failed uninstall of F-Secure Internet Security 2010 Beta. I can't ask F-Secure for support because you use betas at your own risk. I'm using Vista 32bit.I already tried removing the card reader and USB ports from device manager then letting Vista reinstall them. I also tried a system restore. I don't know what else to try. Any idea how I can get removable drives working on my comp again?

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#1
November 28, 2009 at 20:57:50
This started after a failed uninstall of F-Secure Internet Security 2010 Beta.
EDIT: Sorry I didn't read that properly...my mistake

remove the trial, obviously it doesn't work for you.

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#2
November 29, 2009 at 02:40:12
I did remove it. That's when the problem started:
"after a failed uninstall"
I'm not running any security software at the moment because I'm not installing anything at all until I fix my problem.

I have a Vista SP1 disk. Would I be able to do a repair install without disrupting my system too much? I can back up all documents, pics, etc, but will I have to reinstall and reconfigure all of my software?


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#3
November 29, 2009 at 08:16:33
try re-installing the prog again and then uninstalling it.

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#4
November 29, 2009 at 09:02:08
make sure the remote storage and usb services are running and not disabled.

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#5
November 29, 2009 at 09:34:01
The removable storage service actually wasn't running and was set to manual but starting it didn't fix the problem.

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