Solved Flash Drive Being detected.

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July 18, 2015 at 20:15:31
Specs: Windows XP, 3.06GHz
I have a San disk 128 GB Flash Drive. My husband loaded 116 GB of photos from his External Hard drive (He is using Windows 7 which is a Fat32. My p.c. is a NTFS. We did the same thing with other photos on the same kind of flash drive except it's a 16 GB drive. Both are USB 2.0. The 16 GB flash drive is detected by my p.c. but not by the 128 GB drive. Could someone tell me why it won't reconize it? TIA

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July 19, 2015 at 16:09:40
So you've got 7 on one computer and XP on the one that won't see the 128 gb flash drive?

I had a similar problem trying to transfer a large download from a windows 7 machine to an XP computer via flash drive. As I recall though, it was the windows 7 computerr that wouldn't see a smaller flash drive that the XP computer had no problem with. I think I eventually got an 8 gig drive at walmart that both were happy with.

Anyway I'm thinking a 128 gig flash drive may be more than XP or its hardware can handle. What is the exact model number of the 128 gig drive?



#1
July 18, 2015 at 23:14:33
I don't get it.

Why didn't you just plug the external hard drive in to whichever PC you want to transfer the pictures too (or whatever you wanted to do with them)?

Why the need to use a pen drive at all for that?

Weird.


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#2
July 19, 2015 at 07:07:28
USB flash drives are very unreliable & should not be depended upon for long term storage. They should be used for short term or data transfer only. Also, the file format (FAT32 vs NTFS) has nothing to do with your issue(s). That being said, is the 128GB pendrive still detected by your husband's computer? Has it been tried in any other computers? And as phil22 asked, why didn't you just plug the external HDD directly into your computer rather than using the flash drive?

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#3
July 19, 2015 at 11:42:57
Rider & Phil22: We didn't want to take the chance of losing all the stuff on the external hard drive. More convenient using the flash drive. Thanks for the replies.

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#4
July 19, 2015 at 11:48:46
Still don't understand why the 16GB drive is detected, but not the 128GB drive. They both work in my husbands p.c.

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July 19, 2015 at 15:40:39
Have you tried the 128GB drive in another USB port?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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July 19, 2015 at 16:09:40
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So you've got 7 on one computer and XP on the one that won't see the 128 gb flash drive?

I had a similar problem trying to transfer a large download from a windows 7 machine to an XP computer via flash drive. As I recall though, it was the windows 7 computerr that wouldn't see a smaller flash drive that the XP computer had no problem with. I think I eventually got an 8 gig drive at walmart that both were happy with.

Anyway I'm thinking a 128 gig flash drive may be more than XP or its hardware can handle. What is the exact model number of the 128 gig drive?


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July 19, 2015 at 19:52:06
Daveincaps: That is what I'm thinking. The model of the drive is: SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 128GB

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#8
July 19, 2015 at 23:29:58
The only requirement for XP seems to be it must be at least SP2:

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/d...

There's also some troubleshooting hints there.

You say the windows 7 computer is fat32. I assume you mean the external drive is fat32. I don't think windows 7 will install on a fat32 drive unless the partition is 32 gig or less. But I don't think that's a problem with external drives.

If all else fails you may just have to get a smaller flash drive and/or one from a different manufacturer (or use the 16 gig flash drive) and copy them over in smaller chunks.

Or since you're worried about losing the files maybe you can copy them to the windows 7 computer--assuming you have enough room--and let that be your backup for them. Then try connecting the external drive to the XP computer.

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#9
July 20, 2015 at 09:38:49
If you are worried about losing the files then I assume the external is the ONLY copy of those photos?

If that is the case, you are flirting with disaster. I suggest you immediately make additional copies.

Buy another external or copy to DVDR disks.


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July 20, 2015 at 13:17:51
DAVEINCAPS:
Thanks so much. We got it working by plugging it, into the back USB port. Had 2 in the front & was using them. Thanks again for putting that link. I'm one happy camper.
Linda

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#11
July 20, 2015 at 20:40:56
You're welcome. We're glad you got it working. It's odd switching to the back ports made the difference. Maybe the front ones were USB 1.1--mainly intended for keyboard and mouse use--instead of 2.0.

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