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Flash Drive/Hard Drive Issues.

Question: Flash Drive/Hard Drive Issues.

I have a Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive, and a Sea Gate external hard drive. Whenever I plug either one into my computer, it makes the sound to notify me that it has been dected and shows up under "Devices and printers" but doesn't show up under my computer. Is there anyway to fix this?

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Preferred Solution: Flash Drive/Hard Drive Issues.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Flash Drive/Hard Drive Issues.

Have you looked in Disk Management after plugging one in? Right-click Computer, click Manage. If the drive shows there it may need a drive letter assigned [right-click menu] before Windows Explorer [File Explorer on Win8] can see it.

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Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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all my files become hidden. I formatted my flash drive but still hides the program. what do I do? thanks for the help

Answer:how to permanently remove kpcgrhynko.vbs file in bot flash drive and hard drive

*both. sorry for the typo

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

Answer:How Do I Get Dell To Boot To Flash Drive With New Hard Drive In Computer?

leave the drive disconnected for the initial boot. I have heard from the guy at MyHardDriveDied this is possible when the system will not boot with the drive connected.
 

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Hello there,

I have couple of excel/word files that I store on my Jump drive, but I would like to synchronize it with my hard drive, I.e. keep a second copy of it on my hard drive. whats the easiest way to do it? and on the bigger note, How to synchronize certain files between laptop/desktop/jumdrive(USB Flash drive) and PDA??

Thanks.

Zalak
 

Answer:How do I synchronize files between My Jumpdrive(USB flash drive) and Hard drive

Welcome to TSG.
The easy way to sync the files is to use the Briefcase for the files and the jump drive. The PDA part, I no can help with.
 

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I have read the related thread from earlier this month (370606 - External USB Hard Drive Not Recognized) and wonder if anyone can help with my issue.

I am also curious what everyone thinks of the end of that thread regarding a better cable - Maxtor tech. support did not confirm that story for me? Is that in fact a better cable than what Maxtor ships with their drives?

I have a 1 month old Dell, 4 month old external hard drive, and 8 month old flash memory. All work separately. However, when I have the external hard drive plugged in and working, and then plug in the flash memory it will not be recognized. If I have the flash memory plugged in and working, and then plug in the external hard drive it will not be recognized. The only difference is that in the first case the external hard drive will continue to be readable by XP, while in the second case XP doesn't lose touch with the flash memory but it will show it (incorrectly) as empty.

Both externals and all ports are USB 2.0.

The flash drive is assigned to E. The external had been assigned to E as well, but I have now changed it to P. I am on a network so F through O are taken.

The PC is a standard university issue (Pentium 4, quite a bit of memory and capabilities, but nothing excessive).

The external drive is a Maxtor Personal Series 3100 80Gb USB 1.1/2.0.

The flash memory is a 64 Mb. Dell Memory Key.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Recognition Problem

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

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I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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Hi,

First of all:
I have done a Windows 7 repair install which has solved some problems with my windows, however, the repair install didn't slove these problems(Autoplay for USB Flash Drives) and listing one USB Flash Drive as a HDD.

But, USB Flash Drive is still identified as a Hard Disk Drive, although it is a USB Flash Drive.

I have three USB 2 Flash Drives with the same brand 'SanDisk'. Two of which are 7GB. One of which is 2GB.


However, one of them is dealt/identified as a HDD, however, the other two are dealt as a Removable Storage. (USB Drive).

Once one of them dealt as a HDD is plugged to the PC, then it is listed under the Hard Disk Drives on my computer(Screen shot below). The Flash Drive whose assigned letter is 'I' is dealt as a HDD and even its icon in the disk management is similar to a HDD. However, the assigned letter 'L' is for a USB HDD.



Also, when opening the disk management, and clicking 'right click' on it, then I see the all the options(such as 'delete option', and 'mark partition as active' ) specific for a hard disk partition are active(not grayed out).(screen shot below).


Also, via disk management, I could 'delete' a USB Flash Drive and recreated it as the way of dealing with Hard disk partition(Screen shots below).





Besides, When clicking 'right click' on the USB Flash Drive listed under Hard disk drivers, I don't see an 'eject option' as what happens for any Hard disk partition.


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Answer:USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive

Transfer your data to your computer.
Open command prompt with administrator privileges by going to Start,All Programs,Accessories,Command Prompt.Right click it and select "Run as administrator".
Type diskpart.Then type list disk.Find your USB drives and type select disk 3 if it is one of them.You can know by their size.DON'T select disk 0.It's your Windows drive.Then type clean.

Don't type it if you don't have backed up your files on the drive.This will delete the drive.
Then do the same for your other drive.If it is disk 4,type select disk 4 and then clean.

If I helped you,say it.

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My question is in refrence to external hard drives. Is there an external hard drive out there that has similar properties to that of a flash drive. What I mean by this is can I get an external hard drive that I can drag items to it to save and just as easily access the file by opening the drive. So far I have two external hard drives and they are both similar in the fact that I can back up my files on them but I can't access them on the hard drive itself, I would actually have to recover files on my computer. Can anyone enlighten me on this issue.
 

Answer:External hard drive similar to flash drive?

Yes there are lots of external USB hard drives out there but I find even on Newegg that alot of them get crappy reviews for having bad software or not syncing correctly. They can get into very large sizes however like up to 2terabytes or more depending on what your budget is
That is a 640gb external hard drive pretty simple to use just plug it in and store your stuff. including data files for when you backing up your pc. Personally I shop at Frys Electronics they always have good deals but newegg has a big selection and sells things cheaper than Frys alot of the time

Apparently I need 5 posts to start doing links so below this post is the link to the external drive
 

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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When I use DVD Flick Burning files mpg files or Nero burning audio cd from mp3s.
Does it matter whether I burn from source hard drive or flash drive ?

Is it better to copy files to hard drive first before burning ?
Is it less chance of getting errors ? Or doesn't make any difference ?

Since flash drive doesn't have any parts to wear out.
Is it better to use flash drive as source or it doesn't make any difference to wearing of the hard drive ? I think it still wears out hard drive in any case regardless what source you from, but does it make any difference ?

Thanks.

Answer:Burning files from hard drive or flash drive ?

It makes no difference. You can use either method. Flash drives can transfer the data to the cache and DVD drive fast enough to avoid any buffer underrun errors.

If you're worried about getting errors, just drop the burning speed down a notch from maximum.

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Hi All,
I'm new to the whole back-up idea of entire system and data, and am trying to determine whether I should backup the entire system or just data. I am very 'green' to this so please bear with me and my questions. I have Windows XP Home Edition, loaded on a Toshiba Laptop, but use extensively MS Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat Pro and a website development program (for people who don't know how to develop websites). I also have Zone Alarm, Norton AV, and photo and clickart type programs etc. When I look at my system capacity it says Used Space 7.68 GB and Free Space 20.2 GB. I have most of the CDs for my software except the O/S (came loaded) so I don't think I would have a problem reloading the software. Would it make sense to just back-up data???? What about to USB Flash Drive or Card???? I'd rather not clutter up my work area with more hardware then I have to i.e. external hard drive. What kind of software would I need to just perform a data back-up? Would it be different from entire system backup? I've been reading reviews here and everywhere on different back-up software, and get a little confused with what would be simple for someone with my inexperience or something that may be overkill.

Is there anything else I need to ask myself to help with this decision on full system or data back-up. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Jinny
 

Answer:External Hard Drive, USB Flash Drive????

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I'm contemplating purchasing a new computer within the next couple of years. I have an old Gateway 500, with 19 GB, purchased in 1998 and am running Windows 98SE. I have 384mb of RAM. I have several problems with it, one of them being the sporadic refusal to shut down.
However, while I'm getting the nerve up to make a purchase, I was thinking of getting an external hard drive or USB flash drive in which to store my many pictures, along with the many recipes that I've saved in an e-mail folder.
First I'd like some guidance as the advisability of purchasing one of these methods of storage and second, which is preferable and easier. My current computer only has 2 USB ports, both of which are currently in use.
I have hundreds of pictures and hundreds of recipes that I do not wish to lose. I only have basic knowledge of computer usage.
Any words of wisdom?
Thanks in advance,
Sharon K.
 

Answer:?? external hard drive, USB flash drive

First off, you'll want to make sure whatever device you purchase has W98SE drivers, not all of them do. Personally, I'd buy the USB external hard disk, because with the new system, it'll be very useful for a backup device.

Speaking of backup, you do realize that if something were to erase that disk, or the disk were to fail, you'd lose everything there. See my signature line.
 

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I seen a thread in here that told people how to boot windows whatever from a usb hard drive. I was wondering if there was a way to boot linux from a usb hardd drive or a usb flashdrive.
 

Answer:Linux on usb hard drive or flash drive

how about a CD? see Knoppix
 

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My HP Notebook has been nagging me to "create recovery media". I decided to try it today.  How much of a problem have I created by trying to use an external hard drive instead of a usb flashdrive? It has been working at it for over an hour and now that I have read more believe this is going to fail.

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A buddy of mine and I were talking about performance and the future of storage device, when we started wondering why Flash drives aren't used as hard drives?
NV-RAM is dependable, why isn't it finding its way into every PC to replace the magnetic platter approach?

We aren't electronic engineers of course, but we can only imagine it comes from the cost of putting a 500gig flash drive into a PC, but if the device can take up the space of a 3.5" HD, would cost still be such a problem? Our other thought was heat, but if a 10,000 RPM drive doesn't overheat, why would a flash drive?

Any input is of course appreciated, hope noone loses sleep on this! Or maybe someone knows the answer already.

PS, I do remember hearing Samsung is going to start production of a very lare thumb drive, 16gig I think, so this just adds to the problem, if the little keychain can hold 16+ gigs, why isn't there a flash hard drive?
 

Answer:Flash drive hard drive question...

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My HP Notebook has been nagging me to "create recovery media". I decided to try it today.  How much of a problem have I created by trying to use an external hard drive instead of a usb flashdrive? It has been working at it for over an hour and now that I have read more believe this is going to fail.

Answer:Tried to use external hard drive instead of usb flash drive ...

Well the Recovery Manager is not going to like the external drive because the Recovery media needs to be in a form the PC can boot to.  Either DVD or USB flash drives are supported.  If it does support an external drive, I am not aware of that working.

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My Thinkcentre A58 does not recognize a USB connected flash drive or a USB connected Western Digital Passport Hard Drive.I am using XP SP 3. My system has all current updates.The Lenovo Tool Kit diagnostics say that the devices are working properly.The Lenovo toolkit diagnostics  say that the USB ports are working properlyPrinters and a mouse connected via USB are working properly.Windows explorer does not see either device.I would appreciate suggestions for a fix.

Answer:Flash Drive and Hard Drive not recognized

Hi RWB7522, So does it work when you plug in other USB device like mouse or keyboard? Please check in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management to see your drives appear or not. And assign drive letter if exist. Fred





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Hi,
I've got a Win RT 7 Install running and my only problem is that it doesn't see flash drives as drives to install the OS on to. I can see the USB drives for loading a driver so the installer already sees the USB drive but it won't list it for selecting a destination for the OS. So, I'm not sure I even need a driver and some RT setting needs to be set for it to see flash drives for Win 7 OS installs.
The install only sees IDE or SATA Drives and will let you load a driver from a flash drive but not let you install the OS onto it?
Also, I'm already installing from another 16GB USB drive.
The SSD drive went south on this Dell Netbook and I'm gonna try and run Win 7 off a USB drive.
I've got a 16GB USB drive with a bootable RT 7 WIn 7 32Bit image and I'm only as far as the select drive to install and it doesn't list the USB drive, I can browse to select a driver and the 8GB USB Drive is there.

Bill

Answer:USB Flash Drive as Hard drive to install to.

To run a Win7 from a flash drive, you need a Win7 Enterprise edition (because of the product key activation problems).

You can, however, install Win8 on a flash drive because there are currently no activation problems. Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

You should know though that a really fast USB3 flash drive is required to make that a pleasant experience. On a USB2 drive it will work like molasses and you will soon be fed up (I have tried it).

Consider that for the price of a fast 32GB USB3 flash drive you can buy a 60GB SSD which you can also attach via USB3 or eSata and that might be a better deal.

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I need extra storage space as my laptop has nearly run out of space on the back-up recovery drive.

I have masses of digitial photos on my laptop (all saved as highest quality) so the files are big. As I want to keep them all and keep adding to them, I need somewhere to store them all. Would it best to get a USB flash drive or an external hard drive for this purpose?

I won't need to carry anything around, I purely need something for storage.

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive?

External hard drives are more reliable and generally have greater capacity than flash drives. If portability is not an issue, external drives are the best bet.
 

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I need a bigger external drive for my backups. The 8 gig isn't cutting it any more. Can someone tell me which is faster, a external hard drive or a bigger flash drive?
Am I right also in assuming the HD would be USB also?
Thanks for the advice.
Floyd
 

Answer:Solved: Flash drive or hard drive

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I have been plagued with a nearly full hard drive forever on my notebook. I just bought a 16 Gig flash drive ($25 at Meiers!) and am looking for ideas on how this can help.

My biggest hogs are 2 Call of Duty (3-4 Gb, total) games on my C drive which I suppose I could delete and reinstall on the new flash drive.

Any other ideas on how I can use this newly available space?

Thanks.
 

Answer:30 Gb hard drive 91% full. Can a 16 Gb flash drive help?

Do a little bit of spring cleaning for your hard drive. Try Ccleaner. You might clean 3-5gb of space if its been a long time you last do your computer maintenance.

Also, I wont advice putting long-time running programs on a flash drive. I'd recommend files such as documents, installers, back-ups be put on the flash drive to save disk space.
 

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Which is better, a usb flash drive or external hard drive for pics?
 

Answer:usb flash drive or external hard drive

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

Answer:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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Hi I have a 32gb Flash Drive which I use in various music equipment to transfer files. It uses Fat32 as its file system as none of my other devices recognise NTFS. I recently bought an external hard drive 160GB and formatted it to FAT32 but none of the devices recognise it. Is there any way to get this harddrive to emulate a flash drive?

Thanks

Stew
 

Answer:USB hard drive to Flash Drive

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I am attempting to hook an external USB HDD up to my car receiver head unit via its USB input. The HU reads mp3s from flash drives fine but not my Western Digital 40gb Passport. The manual that came with the receiver says to use flash drives only. Is there a fundamental difference between ext. HDD and Flash drives that would prevent me from using ext. HDD with my HU? Could the problem be not enough power to the HDD? The LED comes on. Thanks.
 

Answer:USB hard drive vs. USB flash drive

Ahhh, I remember back in the days when car mp3 players were unix based.

Anyway, unless some site has a firmware hack for you car player, I think you are outta luck.

What model/brand of car receiver do you have? I'm looking to upgrade my 2 year old car mp3 receiver (as long as it has xm capabilities.....)
 

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My laptop is Gateway M460. It couldn't recognize the hard drive sometime.

I think the connection is loose. But it doesn't. I do need lots of help here

Thank you
 

Answer:Drive issues:Cannot recognize hard drive

Some Gateways have issues with their own free security, antivirus, and spyware. These issues go away when you switch to non-gateway products.
Otherwise, the most common problem with the hard drive is a defect. You can remove the drive with two screws, or read the BIOS, to determine the brand and date of manufacturer... then go to the website of the manufacturer to download the drive fitness test software for your brand of hard drive. You usually load it to a floppy disc or an ISO CD, then boot to run it... You will get a good review of drive performance, including the SMART status, and will let you know if the drive is a problem, or the difficulty is elsewhere.
 

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I need advice here.
One of my Internal Hard Drives was playing up and running real slow I think it was the same issue in the I've placed into my thread Here:
click here formatted this drive as I knew I had backed up the image of this drive using EausTodoBackup Free Edition the day before and it told that the image backed up successfuly onto my external drive.
I had then brought another hard drive to replace the current one but that was faulty so had to rma it back to ebuyer for a replacement.
So I the ran a recovery program EasuUS Data Recovery to recover my files which saw all my files and I recoverd them over to the external drive. Took a while, but when It was done I needed to look through what it found. Then the Drive wasn't recognised!!!
When I went into event viewer click here that's what's telling me, and I've tried a chkdsk on it to repair the "Bad Sector" and it's on going and I gave up so unless there is another way of going about this?
At the moment I've ran another recovery on the internal drive and I'm currently saving the recovered files on another external drive. Again this taking a bit of time.
So my question is this, is my external drive the one showing this error on its way out? I've had this drive for 3 Years it was replaced by Novatech.
And would there be any ways to try and get to the data on that drive?
I am currently thinking on running HDD Regenerator from Hirens Boot CD to see if that would fix it, or I could format the drive and try and run a recover... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Issues - External Drive

Getting all the data now but running into another snag some of my picture files have become corrupt is there a tool that I can use to repair them?

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In my PC (Windows 7 Professional - 32 Bit Operatins System - Service Pack 1 installed) whenever I plug in Flash Drive, the system creates short cut for all the folders in the Flash Drive. The folders and its contents are safe.

But I am unable to Safely Dismount the Flash Drive and the system on choosing Eject the Drive will display "This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again." message.

If I go through My Computer - Right Click on Flash Drive and then Eject the system shows the following message

"F: is Currently in Use. Save any Open Files on this disc, and then close the files or programs
using the files before trying again. If you choose to continue, the files will be closed, which might cause data to be lost.

Cancel Try Again Continue"

If we choose Continue, system displays "Safe to Remove Hardware".

WHY THIS IS HAPPENING ??

I am having a laptop with same OS and there when I plug in the flash drive it does not create any short cut and no such problems.

Both the systems are having Symantec Endpoint Protection version 12.1.671.4971 and are upto date on Virus Siglature update.
 

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Hi folks,

So i bought a micro-USB storage drive in China a few weeks ago, albeit at a little market well know for its knock-offs.

I've tried to copy pictures (about 30GB) on a few times and the copying completes no problem with the properties box showing the space being used up; however, when I go to open the folder containing the copied files on the pen drive it shows as "empty folder".

This has happened a few times and I have had to format the card each time - the format defaults to ExFat and doesn't allow me to complete it as NTFS. I'm not sure if this has something to do with the problem?

Also, when I copy individual items or just small-scale things such as movies, word docs etc... the drive seems to work fine. It just messes up when trying to perform the specific task I bought it for.

Anybody have any ideas what may be going on?

Cheers

Neil

Answer:USB Flash Drive Issues

Don't buy usb drives from questionable retailers in China?

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I want to save all my video before I do some work to my computer. I have 2 different 256 GB flash drives but I'm having an issue with both of them. I upload the files to the drive and they are there but later after I upload more files some of the first folders I uploaded say they are empty and are no longer showing any files in them however the flash drive shows that it has the space from those files still taken up. I have tried re formatting and starting over but the same thing happens. So what am I doing wrong? How do I fix it? And is there a way to get to those files on that drive with out having to re upload them?
 

Answer:Flash drive issues.

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Hey [H],

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and on an ASUS Laptop K50 series. It is now refusing to recognize any of my usb HD's or usb flash drives. I have no idea why, it worked a few days ago....not aware of any system changes.

Ideas? :-\

Just a small note, all 3 of the devices I have tried are recognized in my Macbook Pro, so I know they're not messed up etc. :-]
 

Answer:Win 7 - Flash Drive Issues

You could try reinstalling your chipset drivers.
 

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After I insert my Kingston 2GB in my computer running windows xp, and I try to double click to open the fold in My Computer, I receive the message "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel." I know there are other ways to open the flash drive and access the folders on it, but when my roommate tried to use it the same thing occurred and now the same message pops up on his computer when he inserts flash drives. How do I fix my (and his) computer?

I am fairly computer savvy so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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Which flash drive is the fastest to use with Vista's page file on flash drive capability?
 

Answer:What flash drive is the fastest to use w/ vista's flash drive page file caching?

No no no, wrong wrong wrong. Whoa there, sonny, let's back up a bit.

Before you go preaching it's like having your pagefile on a USB drive, you need to learn more about ReadyBoost, which is the correct name for the specific technology. It's not putting your pagefile on the USB Flash device, it's just using the Flash RAM device to augment (read: add to the performance) some aspects of Vista's SuperFetch and virtual memory subsystems.

There are several threads about this feature here already; search for "readyboost" and you can learn more about it, which I STRONGLY recommend since you're getting off on the wrong foot already.

No problem with you being enthusiastic since ReadyBoost is a great feature and a nice way to improve system performance, but you need to present your posts in an accurate and meaningful way with facts and not just a bunch of statements that sound like "OMG it's the greatest thing evarrrrr..."

You're close, but do some more research here and other places to get the real scoop about ReadyBoost.

Most any USB 2.0 Flash-RAM based device should work just fine, but the cheap ones - those $10 specials at stores - might not be up to snuff for transfer speeds. If you stick one in and Vista offers to let it be used for ReadyBoost, that means Vista tested it and concluded it's up to the task.
 

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Hey everyone!

I've been having some odd issues with my USB ports lately, as well as flash drives. So you know it's on an HP Pavilion g6t, running Windows 7 x64.

It started about a week ago, when I kept getting messages popping up from my Blackberry Device Manager. They would come up every 15-20 seconds or so, saying that the Blackberry Device was mounted to the system, and then there was an error mounting it, then it's been detached. I ignored it, since the Blackberry wasn't even connected to the computer.

Yesterday the issues got weirder. I have a flash drive with a bunch of pictures on it that refuses to work properly on my laptop. I plug it in (tried each port, all same results), it makes the little noise, but theres no Autoplay popup, and it doesn't show up in My Computer. It DOES show up in Devices and Printers, but when I right click to Browse it, the option to browse the drive is greyed out.

I tried testing some other flash drives (sandisk cruzers), and they show up just fine whether theyre empty or full. Works fine on all ports. The weird thing is that they don't have their regular icon though, it's the "unknown" icon instead. http://attachments.techguy.org/attachments/152851d1246640371/icon.jpg

My wife tried the USB drive with the pictures and they worked fine on her computer. I tried it on mine again after deleting and reinstalling all of my USB drivers, reassigning drive letter, going into the registry... Read more

Answer:Weird USB Flash Drive Issues

Update: tried doing the "delete infcache.1 and use a working USB drive to reinstall it" method a few times as well, no avail.
 

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Not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but......meh

So, my sister bought me an 8GB flash drive that has a Shrek-like design on it.....awkward

Anyways, when I store files in it, for example:

And I safely removed it and plugged it again, the file, or in this situation, the files are now corrupted!

And so, I checked the properties of the flash drive:



The system is FAT32, all of the hardwares in the flash drive 'is working properly', but on the ReadyBoost tab, it says it 'requires USB 2.0 or above', so I'm guessing that this flash drive supports on a lower version of USB. Maybe 1.1 or something?

What does this mean? Do I have to update or install drivers? Do I have to convert it or something?

Answer:Flash Drive Compatibility Issues (I think)

Are you worried because you can't play those 3 files?

Or are you worried about Readyboost?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReadyBoost

It's a caching tool. I'm guessing you did NOT buy the flash drive to use it as a cache, but rather to use it for normal purposes.

Is WMP the default player for those file types---can you play those files with WMP if those files are sitting on your hard drive, rather than on the flash drive?

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Hello all,

I am trying to move files from a Win98 machine to a WinXP machine. Just got a USB flash drive for transferring the data, because the old machine has no CD writing capabilities, and floppies just don't hold enough for most files.

I don't think the older machine is compatible with the drive, because the drive is USB 2.0, and I think the old machine is USB 1.1. The packaging says the drive is compatible with Win2000 and WinXP. I know that there are sometimes drivers to make such drives compatible with older systems, but the manufacturer's site (SanDisk) only lists such a driver for Win98SE.

Anyway... my questions are:

Is there any way to tell what version of USB the old machine has... any other way to get such a driver... or, since I now have a Win98SE OS disc, can I install 98SE without damaging my data on the old system?

I have a mountain of data to move, and no idea how to do so, short of connecting both PCs to the internet, and transferring them via IM.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Solved: USB flash drive issues...

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I upgraded my PC to Windows XP SP2. I have two flash drives (memorex & simpletech) - both 256 MB. And none of them appear in Explorer. In fact I get an error saying that there is a USB Power Surge on the Port, etc.

I dont even see any of the devices in Device Manager.

Surprisingly, I have other USB devices like Web Cam and Camera and they work perfectly. Even they give an error about USB Power Surge on the Port but they still work. So thats all the more confusing.

I have tried all kinds of stuff like:
1) Uninstalled all USB Ports and installed drivers again
2) Installed the latest Chipset drivers from Intel
3) Rebooted the PC with the Drives inside, etc.

I have applied all Windows Updates too.

Please let me know of any other things to try. Appreciate any response.
 

Answer:USB 2.0 Flash Drive issues in Windows XP SP2

Romin said:



I upgraded my PC to Windows XP SP2. I have two flash drives (memorex & simpletech) - both 256 MB. And none of them appear in Explorer. In fact I get an error saying that there is a USB Power Surge on the Port, etc.

I dont even see any of the devices in Device Manager.

Surprisingly, I have other USB devices like Web Cam and Camera and they work perfectly. Even they give an error about USB Power Surge on the Port but they still work. So thats all the more confusing.

I have tried all kinds of stuff like:
1) Uninstalled all USB Ports and installed drivers again
2) Installed the latest Chipset drivers from Intel
3) Rebooted the PC with the Drives inside, etc.

I have applied all Windows Updates too.

Please let me know of any other things to try. Appreciate any response.Click to expand...

On the page where you see all your drives C: D/E etc ,I need you to right click and go to properties,The system properties box open go to universal serial bus controllers and click on this,look for usb root hubs and open each one by clicking twice,Go to power in this new box opening,The new box will be usb hub properties,now click on power properties,When you have your flash drives inserted check in properties and look at device description see if your removable drives are mentioned,If not either your usb ports are defective or your flash drives them selfs,Try an other computer with thoses flash drives to see if they can be read.
 

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Hi

My internet is connected through a flash drive. It been going on for a while and I thought it was the flash drive that was the problem, but now I have a new one I know that it isn't the problem.

When I plug it in to get the internet,it says, 'installing driver software' and basically just takes for ever and freezes. The CPU usage goes up to 100% and I can't do anything. It basically freezes at, 'preconfigured driver folders interface (com6) Huawei moblie searching' and thats it. It's driving me crazy, as I can't get the internet! Please any ideas?

Thanks!

Answer:Internet flash drive issues

Hallo Kittycain, is there an option in CONTROL PANEL / Programs & Features to uninstall the driver? if so uninstall it then restart your computer.

Then temporarily disable your Anti virus while you reinstall the driver, once installed restart your computer & re enable your anti virus.

I hope this is of some help

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If anyone could help, it'd be great,
My girlfriend's flash drive is showing her most recent files when she's at the computer she uses at school, but when she plugs the flash drive into her work, it's showing files only from last semester. Any ideas?

Answer:Girlfriend's Having Flash Drive Issues

Moved to Removable Media Forum for better results.

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My Kingston USB flash drive DataTraveler SE9 G2 3.0 (32GB) <FAT 32> works well in every single device that I have, except in my Acer Chromebook. This seens to be a common problem with this brand, as you can see in: https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/5vjqh3/chromebook_not_recognizing_my_flash_drive/All other flash drivers, including 3.0, work seamlessly in my chromebook.Please help me fix it.

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sorry this will be long. i have wound up where no analyst wants to be: too many variables so i need help.

i have a dell latitude cpxh, 500mhz. i purchased it in 2000 used from a corp. it came with a 12gb hdd. because of issues i was having, sunday i installed a 60gb hdd (new hard drive, more space).

everything went smoothly. fresh install of w2k pro, then installed backup to get office and other applications using norton ghost 9.0. (all non-program files are kept on an extra hard drive module.)

now even though i show that i have @48gb free space on the c: if i try to copy a 4.3gb from the g: to the c: i get an error that i don't have enough disk space. from what i have read, that is because the c: is fat32 and that doesn't support files larger than 4gb. if this is true, the solution i saw posted was:

To convert:

Start * Run * cmd
Press enter.
convert c: /fs:ntfs
Press enter.
Answer yes. Answer yes. Reboot. Get a cup of coffee. Make that two.

You'll have NTFS now.

if i do this, will i then need to reformat the drive and reinstall windows? will i need to do anything else?

second part of the problem. when i try to move the 4.3gb backup file to a dvd (dvd+rw nec nd6650a) i get an error after @5 mins that the disk in the drive is protected and i need to unprotect it or use a different disk. now my new coaster shows free space of 7tb. no that is not a misprint, it is TB. what the heck is a "tb"? technical byte?

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Answer:hard drive and dvd+rw drive issues - need help

First off, I have only ever formatted a hard drive to ntfs never converted but I needed to back up the data and reinstall windows. After it was formatted I reinstalled Windows and then started to add all the programs and drivers (if you do convert/format make sure you have all relevant drivers etc) back on the drive. Have you a spare hard drive to back up your data etc, becasue personally I wouldn't trust converting a drive and banking on your data still being there. The issue with roxio/dvd rw drive I don't really know other than swap to another program such as Nero (which I use and I love it). They do a free trial version which you could download and if it works, back up your data and then convert your hard drive here's the link - http://www.nero.com/nero7/eng/nero7-demo.php
hope this helps btw to foramt the drive instead of converting just change convert to format.

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This is my first post on this forum, and hopefully it is in the correct area.

I did a clean install of Windows XP Pro on a secondary computer. After doing this I started having issues booting properly. When attempting to boot with both my HD and DVD drives plugged in. They work fine separately.

I have them connected with separate IDE cables. They are both in the first IDE slot on the cable. The HD's jumpers are set to Master and the DVD is set to cable select.

Another interesting thing I just noticed is that when I go to the boot sequence in my BIOS it states in this order:
1. Hard-Disk Drive C:
2. Floppy device (not installed)
3. CD-ROM device (not installed)

I have already tried changing the jumper settings to everything I can think of but this hasn't helped. I have tried clearing the CMOS, and rebooting the BIOS with the alt-e-f-b keyboard command(its a dell motherboard).

I am now completely stumped and could use all the help that I can get.

EDIT: I am receiving an error message that states, "diskette drive 0 seek failure." It then prompts to press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup. If I press F1 it does boot to Windows but I can't go anywhere because the Windows installation can not continue without the Windows XP Pro disk. :EDIT

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Answer:Hard drive and DVD drive issues

You have a DELL MOBO...
Replace the Battery on the MOBO
Unplug all devices
Clear the CMOS
Go into the BIOS and disable the FDD
Plug-in HDD as your Master Primary and CD-ROM as your Secondary Master.
Save and Reboot the system
Press F12 to force the boot to HDD if you already have the OS installed correctly.

If not then place your CD with XP Pro and then press F12 and boot the CD to start first.

If you can't get this far, then go and buy and new MOBO combo with the CPU of your choice. Again this move will depend on you if you want to go that way...
 

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I recently purchased a 32 GB San Disk Flash Drive. The security files pre-installed on the drive were junk, and I could not delete them so I formatted the drive to remove them. This cleaned the disk, and it holds data, but I'm not sure if this is part of my problem. I am trying to load my copy of windows 7 onto this disk, and using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, I can select my ISO file, but when I go to select my USB drive, my computer does not recognize the flash drive as a flash drive. Is there a way to change the Flash Drive so Windows will recognize my Flash Drive as removable media? Smaller USB drives still work on my computer, so its not the computer. Anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive

Hello masonta. Welcome to the forum.

Let's start with this: can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window, expanded so we can read everything, with the USB stick installed?

You also might check in Device Manager to see if the stick shows up as a USB device, or a hard disk.

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I recently encountered a problem with my OS, leading me to attempt a fresh install of Windows. My previous windows versionn was 7 Ultimate, I am now attempting to boot a copy of a Windows 10 ISO on a USB Flash Drive.
The problem is that despite selecting the flash drive as 1st in boot priority through bios, the system is still booting from the HDD. I have already tried removing the HDD from the boot queue altogether, leading me to a screen which reads: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in slected boot device and press a key". Upon pressing a key the same prompt is issued.
Rig is as follows:
MSI Z77A-G43
Intel i3 Processor (Sandybridge)
Nvidia 570 GPU
Hyperx 2 x 4gb sticks.

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To keep your hard drives up to date or to rule out a suspected problem, can you flash the firmware on a hard drive?

Answer:how to flash a hard drive

- Have never heard of it.What you buy is what you get.How you use it and keep the file structure organised makes a difference in accessbility and ease of access.Depending on how much data is changed and whether the system is running smoothly or not - you can occasionally run Scandisk and even more rarely Defrag. There's usually no need to 'bully' your hardware like this if the system has been working well and not left temporary files all over the place

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Hi I am going to upgrade my existing 160 gig mechanical hard drive to a flash version, maybe to like 400 gig. They are very expensive but since I am on my laptop 85% of the day (literally) I figure I may as well. Any ideas where a good place to buy it is? I live in Japan so I guess here would be a good bet!!! Also - you reckon I am entering a world of pain swapping the hard drives - not referring to the data of course cause that will be backed up - I mean more with my system being able to support a flash drive? Will the processor be ok with a new hard drive and any other hard ware? Thanks!

Answer:Where to buy a flash hard drive anyone

Welcome to the Seven Forums! lister

I don't think you will find too many here that can point you to vendor in Japan right away due to location. As far as Solid State Drives or commonly called SSDs they are very high priced at the present time and are also quite a bit limited in capacities as well.

The largest presently is about 1tb. The prices however seen for one that size are typically several times what you may have paid for your laptop when first bought new. For a 400gb size drive one OCZ model is seen for $2,250-US at Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex 2 Pro OCZSSD2-2VTXP400G 2.5" 400GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

That's a popularsite and one of the better places pricewise while they wouldn't be able to ship anything to you there. The option for you would to convet that amount into your own local currency and do some price shopping around where you are able to buy from.

The term "Flash Drive" on the other hand refers to a small drive you plug into a usb port also known as pen or thumb drives. If you had mentioned SSD in the title you would have already seen plenty of replies most likely.

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Hey, wouldn't it be a lot faster if they could sell a 2-4GB flash Hard drive, so that windows could boot from that... I mean, you could boot Win XP in like 3 seconds... that would be sweet

so if any1 knows a place where they sell anything like that, link plz! thanx

Answer:Flash hard drive....

Seagate used to make a hard drive based on DRAM modules that was available in like 12 and 18gb. This was back in the late 90s so it was VERY pricey.

The problem with using flash is that it isn't really all *that* fast, plus it wears out after a certain number of uses.

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Hello and thank you for looking at my thread.I have tried to copy flash video to my hard drive and several options are available to do it apparently.I am using Firefox mainly and the computer has Windows XP Pro SP3 with plenty of drive space available and 1.5 gig ram.I tried using "Tools" "Page Info" "Media" Select the required file (swf) and then "Save as" in the bottom right hand corner.Sometimes this has worked. Mostly though it has not.  I am a member of a website that has video tutorials that I want to save to my computer so I can view them at my leisure and have tried this method but they dont save any video or audio?I get the complete screen, title and the time displayed of how long the video is... but no video or audio.Can some one please tell me what it is I am doing wrong, or tell me an alternative way of saving these tutorials?Thank you. ImnoGuru.

Answer:Copying Flash to Hard Drive

See if this will help you= http://www.nirsoft.net/articles/copy_flash_flv_temp_file.htmltruenorth

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im using win to flash to install windows xp home on my netbook. it boots up to my thumb drive and goes though the beginning of the windows installation. when it gets to formatting my hard drive it says "setup has recognized the following mass storage devices in your computer: <none>." my hard drive is a ata wd25000bevt-2. i tried hitting specify additional device but theres not even any western digital devices listed. i tried going to there website to get the driver and there wasn't any. i also tried cipset drivers because of what win to flash's forum said and that also didnt work. i dont know what else to try.

i also know the drive is not bad, it was just running ubuntu 10.04 without any issues.

Answer:win to flash cant find my hard drive

FWIW: Resources, Win To FlashWorst case, try it again, using the tutorial on youtube.Louis

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OK i have an old lyra rd2206 MP3 player, and im to cheap to go and buy a new compact flash card. i was wondering. since compact flach cards can run in IDE mode, would it be possible for me to hook up an IDE hard disk drive up to the compact flash socket on the player?

Answer:hard drive to compact flash?

I know ther is ways, but it is supremely difficult. I imagine you would have to be pretty good with asembly and the such.

Your sig, blasting windows, perhaps the most hilarious blast I have ever seen.

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With reports from Computex 2007, several prototype products were coming out. One was PQI's "Flash Hard Drive 256 GB". I suppose this is similar to SSD. Anyway, if you use Flash HDD or SSD, do we have need for traditional Memory in their conventional slot then?
 

Answer:FLASH HARD DRIVE to do away with memory?

Considering that a flash drive has a latency of ~100000 ns versus ~50ns of DDR2 RAM and you have ~100MB/s throughput versus ~6000MB/s of DDR2..
 

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Hello all.

I've been having an ongoing hardware issue and it has recently reached the point where it is rendering my pc all but useless.

I have built a system using an msi p67a-c43 (b3) motherboard and a Hitachi Deskstar 7k3000 hard drive.

At first, I would occasionally have issues when the pc was coming out of sleep mode. The system would become sluggish, programs wouldn't open, or the desktop would simply freeze.

I found that if I powered off the pc, opened the case and reset the sata cable the issue would resolve itself. I figured it was just a case of a loose sata cable connection and that there wasn't much I could do about it. Because it wasn't a major issue and it only happened once in a while I decided to grin and bear it... but the plot thickens.

I began having issues getting the computer back up and running after one of these episodes. Soon, windows would not start up. I would have to reboot several times before having no choice but to allow windows to run chkdsk. Each time, it found no errors. The pc would boot and I'd be solid gold again until the issue decided to occur again.

More recently, windows actually began finding filesystem errors and bad sectors - so I was worried that I actually had a bad hard drive! Worried that I would have to replace the HDD, I did some quick research and discovered that a loose cable could cause these problems. I bought a locking sata cable and switched the cables. The pc operated fine all weekend, but then... Read more

Answer:Hard drive problems - boot issues, waking issues

It could be many a things.

It could, first, be the PSU. What make/model/wattage do you have?

Does the system start up (POST) fine, without the HDD connected? It'll just say there is no boot disk. I would, at first, back up everything, just in case your HDD is indeed failing. Get diagnostics for your disc. Get this: WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Green / GP

Might also want to post a screnshot of HWMonitor. So we can see your temperatures and PSU voltages.

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oK, so this looks like a new one by reading the older threads. i have had a 256 MB Apacer flash drive for 2 years now. it worked beautifully "as is" out of the box with no drivers or special formatting required. i had never had a problem on any computer i used it with. then about 2 months ago i booted up my PC and it didn't recognize it was there. i farted around for awhile and i got it to find the drive but then it required formatting. i formatted it as FAT32 and it worked again, so i transferred all of my files to it and could access them just fine. i unplugged it and put it back in a week later and it said the drive wasn't formatted. pissed off as i was, it wasn't critical as i had all of the data on my computer and was just going to back things up. i tried to format as FAT32 and it looked 100% complete but said it couldn't format the drive when it was done. the same things happened when i tried again with regular FAT format. i read exhaustively about problems people were having and tried the advice of the HP utility for formatting flash drives. again, FAT and FAT32 reformatting failed, but NTFS took hold. again, i transferred files and all seemed well. but, alas, unplugging the drive or even upon a shutdown of my PC then unplugging always resulting in the drive being recognized as unformatted when i tried to access the data again. i gave it to a friend who tried it on his PC's and he, too, had to format it the first time ... Read more

Answer:Apacer USB Flash Drive Issues--Constant Reformatting Required

Is there a model number/ name on this thing besides just Apacer?
 

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I am using Windows XP mat the moment.Recently I have noticed my hard drive activity light flashes about once a second. I r, I was not able to see what program is doing it.At the moment I am not using wireless, so wireless activity should not be the issue.Here is a article I found, but it is not very clear what to do.https://www.raymond.cc/blog/find-out-what-program-is-secretly-accessing-your-hard-disk-drive/I tried two of the programs they name and could not understand anything. 

Answer:What makes my Hard Drive Light Flash?

I have seen the Indexing Service do this on XP. If you shut off indexing you might see it go away. However the drawback to this is that when using the file management system it has to rediscover all the time vs having an index cached of where everything is. I have disabled indexing before but saw no real benefit to doing so, so I leave it running.https://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/snap_idx_srv_mgmt.mspx?mfr=truehttp://lifehacker.com/031440/turn-off-indexing-and-speed-up-windows-xpOther possible cause is if your running XP with a small amount of RAM and its frequently paging. How much RAM does this system have?Additionally any antivirus with a background checker could be lightly hitting the drive walking around on it testing for problems... which Antivirus are you running and what are the preferences set to?

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I have read that a compact flash card, as used in digital cameras, can be used as a hard drive via a USB card reader.Does this mean that the card reader can also write from a PC to the compact flash card?

Answer:Using Compact Flash Card as Hard Drive

but without the specific software it can only load the contents of the card to the pc or delete the cards contents.

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i am looking at mp3 players being pc user i have a natural hate for apple ipod but am still tempted . then i see iriver creative archos and moreso bad things about ipod.1. battery life 8 hrs but looking at price i would go for the 20gb rather than mini ipod which says 12hrs 2 battery 500 recharges before it fails and expensive to replace. if i recharge it twice a week that is still 5 years use by then i would just replace it with upto date model3 it does not use WMA files no problem most of my music is on cd so i will have to download onto computer anywaysee my problem i am being pulled to the ipod your opinions all esp ipod owners

Answer:mp3 player flash memory or hard drive

i am an owner of an apple ipod mini and i think its fine. all the ipod are good although the batteries will drain quickly when you play the games on it put thats to be expected.i would rather go for an ipod but bear that in mind you might need to buy another earphones as the chances of getting it stolen is higher.

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My recovery feature does not work ( i tried a lot using F11 ) so,  i still want to change my OS with  Windows XP in English, i have a CD with license, and i want to know how to install it from a Flash USB,  in that case , i suppose, there is a possibility to repartition my hard drive ,I will be grateful if you can help.

Answer:Install XP from Flash USB and repartiton Hard Drive

This might be of interest to you. [Courtesy of EEEGuides.com]





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I have Mobile Docks installed in the top, two bays of my tower computer that runs Windows XP.  The top drive is typically my master C: drive, and the second drive is typically my slave F: drive.  My setup allows my hard drives to be easily inserted and removed.  For backup, I use Acronis and my slave drive to make a clone of my C: drive.  Sometimes, I make my slave drive a master and use it to test new software or an idea.  Now, I'm consering using a USB hard drive or maybe someday a large flash drive instead of the hard drive in my second bay to make clones.  My questions are these:Will Windows run from a USB or flash drive with my drives in my Mobile Docks removed?Assuming Windows will run from a USB hard or flash drive, will Windows run from my hard drive in the top bay when the USB hard or flash drive is removed?Is it necessary or even possible to designate a USB hard or flash drive a master?

Answer:Running Windows from USB Hard or Flash Drive

It's a ton of work and next to very difficult to get any flavor of Windows since XP to run from a USB device...This is by design...

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Allready scanned for some kind of worm with a couple of antiviruses.Also used "Flash disinfector" but my external disk keeps being recognized as a 2gb flash drive in "My computer" and i cannot access any of my files.I also tried it on a second PC and it did the same thing.
I use windows xp pro,i can see its true capacity in the System tools and i also changed the letter of the disk but no luck.Been trying to solve this for many hours but the only thing that i managed to do is for the disk icon to be shown now as disk and not as a removable flash disk but still in "My computer" it is shown as a 2gb thing instead of 600gb and with no access to my files.

Answer:External hard drive mis-detected with my flash usb

Not certain we have a malware issue here but we'll look.i cannot access any of my files Do they appear to be hidden or do you get an error?Can you run these?>>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.
Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)
A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.
If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next replyDo not reboot your computer after running rkill as the malware programs will start again. Or if rebooting is required run it again.If you continue having problems running rkill.com, you can download iExplore.exe or eXplorer.exe, which are renamed copies of rkill.com, and try them instead.Now run MBAM (MalwareBytes):Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes t... Read more

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Hello guys! I have a power on password as well as a HDD password set up on my T420. I then upgraded the firmware on the drive which was an OCZ SSD. Now when I get to the HDD password prompt, my original password isn't working. I suspect the password was stored on the HDD firmware and is now corrupted.  I plugged the SSD to a USB dock and can read files off it so the password isn't working properly, but my laptop won't boot with it still. I then backed up the drive and formatted it via Windows 7 and plugged it back into the T420 and was still getting the HDD password prompt. Thanks for the help in advance  













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Answer:Hard drive password after firmware flash

The password is not stored with the firmware and cannot be corrupted in this way.

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hi,ive tried my attempts at trying to save a swf from the internet onto my hard drive, the swf file is located at click hereive tried using the so called flash movie savers, but it only saves the white frame and no animation or user interface (ie buttons etc) can anyone save this to their hard drive? if you can i will be the happiest man alive!!please, please help me do this if you are able toThanks

Answer:Save flash swf movie to hard drive

well i found a new released tool for that it`s called FlashFethcherfor more info see here click herei paid 30$ for it otherwise you will have to wait ~1 minute before the tool saves it. its very annoying, bur i regestered the tool and it works great!! i`m glad

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I am using Windows XP mat the moment.Recently I have noticed my hard drive activity light flashes about once a second. I r, I was not able to see what program is doing it.At the moment I am not using wireless, so wireless activity should not be the issue.Here is a article I found, but it is not very clear what to do.https://www.raymond.cc/blog/find-out-what-program-is-secretly-accessing-your-hard-disk-drive/I tried two of the programs they name and could not understand anything. 

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Im looking for some way to protect my external HDD from infections, and my PC from viruses on other peoples flash drives, is there any good software that can monitor and block USB or not allow stuff to copy itself on its own, or something liek that?

Thanks!
 

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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About a month ago my hard drive froze up and I replaced it with a Western Digital Caviar Black 500 gb Sata drive. I used an external USB hard drive enclosure to remove files etc, the old hard drive still worked, just wouldn't boot the OS. Well since then I had problems with boot up. At first it was just that restart wouldn't work out of Windows XP. The motherboard would beep, display it's identity and stop. Sometimes it would stop after detecting the CPU and the memory but not continue on to even look for the Hard drive or anyother bootable device. Now it takes two, three, sometimes four tries to get it to proceed to detect the hard drives and occasionally freezes on the Welcome screen to XP. When I check the event viewer it seems to get into loops of security checks, running the same one over and over. The last time I checked the System events, it showed none prior to the current boot up. I am also getting hard drive errors. No bad sectors, just corrupted files and messed up index entries.

System:

Amd Athlon 64, 200 MHz 3200+ about 3 years old
Winfast NF4SK8AA Motherboard
3 GB Ram, 2 x 512 Kingston, 2 x 1024 Lifetime
Asus branded - Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS
Windows XP Home, SP3

I am also having no problems once the computer actually boots, no BSOD's, nothing untoward. Also after it's going awhile, seems to start and stop no problem. It's feeling like an old car right now.

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Answer:Boot issues, Hard drive error issues

First, I would certainly change out your power supply because generic ones are often garbage. There are tremendous deals in the 450-550 range reputable psu's.

Second, check out this superb tutorial on USB by LookinAround: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic122125.html

Third, run ChkDsk.

Fourth, I think it would be good for you to run a harddrive diagnostics. Your manufacturer will provide a free utility to do so.

* By the way, I have the same cpu on my second rig and it is a solid one. Steady as she goes...
 

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On my laptop which is now about 6 years old I have been experiencing a few issues. First as the laptop is so old it has seen its fair amount of system restores but one thing I have been noticing is that my hard drive space is disappearing. The laptop started with 160gb (shows how old it is) split 80gb between the different partitions but now it only has 69.5gb per partition, so does anyone have any clue how to restore the space?

The second problem I am having is with installing my printers, I have successfully installed two wireless printers on my desktop pc but when it comes to connecting to the printer I must first setup a temporary link with a usb to one of the printers but when I connect them together it does not pick it up. But if I plug other devices in then run fine, anyone got any ideas?

The last issue I am having seems to be some sort of autorun problem, for example when I insert a install disc the autorun box pops up but does not display the install and I only have the option the view all of the files so I have to find the setup application within the disc myself. Any ideas?

I know I am asking about a lot of issues but any help is appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] USB, hard drive issues and auto run issues

Hi try this for auto run Fix Windows 7 AutoPlay Dialog Box Missing or Not Appear, Display and Pop Up ? My Digital Life
for question one are you saying you have 69.5 gb free on each drive partition
on question 3 did you install the driver for the printer which is the default

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Hello everyone!
I am making backup from my videos and pdf's etc and now when i was trying to again access on folder it claims that it is not accessible. Any help on why and how this has happened and how i will fix it?

I had previously converted external hard drive to ntfs form from fat32 so i think i might have problem on rights. Folder information does not show any files or subfolders

Answer:external flash hard drive: I:\folder is not accessible

Put the flash back into the system where you made the backup and make sure it is still viable. You may have to re-format the stick, then copy the videos over again.

there is a reason why those flash sticks some formatted fat32, sometimes they cant hack NTFS. Best thing to do is format the stick on the system where you are going to be putting the copies, then go back and make the backup on the original puter.

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I'm very intersted in the aree of Portable Apps. I do not have Broadband and without moving have a long wait, so I like to use the local library for large downloads, etc.So I can buy a Lacie External HDD 30Gb for ?100, which would also be handy for some backup work,and most 1Gb Flash USB's are very close to this in price.So CAN I (or anbody else for that matter) run a portable application from an external USB HDD.Have YOU done this? Is the response time faster or slower. P.S. Are all USB 2.0s equally fast. They talk of read times, but then there are appears to be three 3 types of READ and it's all a bit too much and also very few , well just Corsair, give all read times, ie sequential, buffered, forget the other one. So does it matter which brand Again if somebody has personal experience of using the same portable app. on different brand USB and found significant difference in response times I'd like to hear. At present I use a Swissbit 128 Mg and there is 1/2 second lag between click and response,thanks

Answer:External Hard Drive versus Flash USB.(to run port.

what are "Portable Apps" and what is Swissbit 128 Mg please. This is something I have not heard of.

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I am running Windows XP Home on my computer and have attempted to install a MicroAdvantage QuickiDrive (128MB). It seems to be properly installed, with one major problem - after (safely) removing it, then putting it back in the USB port, my computer instantly reboots and issues an error report. I have 1.1 USB capability and this is a 2.0 which is compatible with 1.1. Anyone have any ideas what I need to do to use this flash drive?
 

Answer:Solved: Portable USB Flash Hard Drive Question

First , make sure you have upgraded to SP1 for XP, since it fixes a bunch of USB issues. Second, try this.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.
 

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Hi I'm having a helluva time with getting my Lenovo Y510P to recognize any USB flash drives or external HD. Laptop is virtually new. Came with Win 8 but I installed Windows 7 Pro 64 Service Pack 1. Immediately downloaded and installed all Windows updates. From Lenovo I installed all of the latest drivers and updates, including BIOS, Genesys USB mass storage device, Intel chipset driver and Intel rapid storage technology.
Laptop works great except for this issue.
I can see the flash drive in device manager but nothing in Computer folder. Same goes for Disk Management... no flash drive appears. I have no virtual drives installed so currently no Daemon Tools or similar.
When I plug the drive into any of the 3 USB ports (2 are 3.0, 1 is 2.0) the laptop makes the typical sound that you've connected something. These flash drives and external HD work fine in my other 3 computers here at home (2 laptops and 1 desktop). Some run Win 7... the other Win 8.1.
I tried going to Device Manager and uninstalling all USB controllers and hubs (including drivers), then restarting. My OS reinstalled everything (as soon as I plugged in my mouse and/or flash drive, if I recall correctly), but same issue persists.
I also ran DriveCleanup (claims to be "command app that helps to remove orphaned entries of various drives from the device tree of your system"). Same issue persists.
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Answer:can't access flash drives or external hard drive

FYI here are pix of BIOS main page and configuration info (USB legacy is enabled).

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Is it possable to save flash games to my hard drive? I'm talking about the games you play right on your browser. But since I'm on 56k modem I find would find it easyer to just download them to my hard drive and play them off line.

Is this possable? If it requires a program I would perfer for it to be free.

Thanks,

bigk
 

Answer:Is it possable save flash games to my Hard drive?

Yes, there are programs that will do this for you but you can also pull it out of your Temporary Internet files.
 

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Hello, I'm about to format and do a clean install, I also want to install new flash bios drivers, but I don't have a clue about bios or the correct procedure necessary, Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Answer:Formatting Hard drive/reinstalling Flash Bios

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I apologize if this is not in the right forum, but I am having a problem with using flash drives and my external hard drive. While saving files (like doing a back up) my computer which is an HP Notebook, the system will just drop the drive and then will find it again, and drop it again, and find it again - over and over. I am not able to finish my back ups. Can anyone help?

Answer:Problem with Flash Drives and My External Hard Drive

Anything else on usb ports could be a power problem?

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System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

In a bat file I want to detect if a drive is connected to a USB port AND if the drive is a flash drive or hard drive. I cannot use 'fsutil' since this requires the account to be in the Administrator group which cannot be done in Windows 7 Home Premium. Any other ideas?
 

Answer:Windows 7 - Detect flash or hard drive from bat file

If you google around there's a vbs (visual basic scripts) that people have wrote that do this. I was looking for the ones I was trying out and can't find them this minute.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=script+to+detect+removable+drives
 

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Hi to everybody.

I have a SATELLITE A200 1AE and I have a small problem.....
My laptop, cannot find my flash hard drive.I contact the toshiba service here in Greece, and they told me that they don't know what to do!!!!!

Can you please help me????

THANK YOU ANYWAYYYY

Answer:Satellite A200-1AE cannot find my flash hard drive

Hi

Can you please write a little bit more abut your problem? Since when you have noticed this issue? What have you done last time? Maybe WXP installed and now the HDD is not visible for the BIOS or not listed when you use F12 at bootup?

Please write a little bit more. I do not believe the service can not do anything.

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Hey there, I just bought  WD external hard drive (link is below)http://support.wdc.com/product/kb.asp?modelno=WD3200H1U-00&x=13&y=14aanndd, I'm runnin Vista 64 bit.I'm having trouble installing the hard drive. when I double click setup.exe, a window pops up and says,"To run this program, version 8 or greater of Flash ActiveX Control is needed. You can download it at etc. etc. etc..."Well, I have version 9 or 10 or whichever new version there is. Also, while this window is up, another window is up in the top left corner, and it is green?I hit cancel, because I DO have flash and then it says this:When I went to "Solutions Online" it just told me the problem was caused by Flash and I'd have to install it. Well I uninstalled it, reinstalled it and I still have the same problem. Has anyone else encountered this?? It's really weird.

Answer:WD External Hard drive doesn't recognize Flash?

See if can find version 8  of Flash.  The WD software might be quite old.After WD is working reinstall the latest verion of Flash.Adobe should have version 8 of FlashGood luck

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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I just replaced the hard drive on my 2668-92U with a Seagate that was on the "approved" list of the Lenovo drive flash utility (fwhd50.iso).  I flashed this hard drive with this utility (it said successfully).  I'm still getting error 2010 on boot.  I've set bios to auto continue booting but the beeps are annoying.  Any suggestions?
 
Modderator Note: Please don't duplicate posts. Duplicate moved.Message Edited by andyP on 03-24-2008 09:30 PM

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I have a Pavilion 11-k120nr x360 and when prompted to create my HP restore disk I chose to use a USB external hard drive because that's all I had that was large enough at the time. I've since purchased a 32GB USB flash drive, and since HP only let's me create the restore disk one time, I'd like to transfer the restore image from the USB hard drive to the USB flash drive. How can I do that? I tired using Macrium disk cloning software but I think that only works with hard drives because it doesn't see my USB flash drive. Thanks.

Answer:Transfer restore image from USB hard drive to USB flash driv...

Hi there @dwtxbox,  Welcome to the HP Support Community! I read your post and wanted to reach out to help you! I understand that you are looking to move the Recovery Image from your USB External Hard Drive to a USB Flash drive.  When it comes to recovery media, you are correct in that you can only make one copy of the recovery media. After that it cannot be created again. You cannot transfer the data from the USB Hard drive to a USB flash drive either.  If you require recovery media at this point, you would have to order it:  USB - Windows 10 64b Recovery KitSystem Recovery Kit for Consumer NotebookOrder Media Did this reply resolve your issue or answer your question? If yes, then please share the good news! Let others know this reply was helpful by clicking the Accept as Solution button. You can also show your appreciation by clicking the Thumbs Up. I hope that this response clarifies things for you! Have a great day! 

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When I plug in my USB flash drive or portable hard drive I don't get a window that pops up. Both drives will make a sound and show up in ThisPC so I have to go there to use them. Is there any way to fix this?

Answer:No window pops up when I plug in my USB portable hard or flash drive.

TrustMe said:

When I plug in my USB flash drive or portable hard drive I don't get a window that pops up. Both drives will make a sound and show up in ThisPC so I have to go there to use them. Is there any way to fix this?



I've seen that happen once in awhile when I plug a drive into the same port it was in before and it gets the same drive letter. I haven't had a problem with it as I nearly always have File Explorer open anyway intending to work with it. But I don't know of any fix for it, actually just haven't come across for a fix in my 'net travels.

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When I plug in my USB flash drive or portable hard drive I don't get a window that pops up. Both drives will make a sound and show up in ThisPC so I have to go there to use them. Is there any way to fix this?

Answer:No window pops up when I plug in my USB portable hard or flash drive.

Originally Posted by TrustMe


When I plug in my USB flash drive or portable hard drive I don't get a window that pops up. Both drives will make a sound and show up in ThisPC so I have to go there to use them. Is there any way to fix this?



I've seen that happen once in awhile when I plug a drive into the same port it was in before and it gets the same drive letter. I haven't had a problem with it as I nearly always have File Explorer open anyway intending to work with it. But I don't know of any fix for it, actually just haven't come across for a fix in my 'net travels.

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I have a problem, because my satellite A200-1AE with Microsoft Vista doesn't recognize the USB 2.0 flash hard drive. It asks me for a programme/software!
The same USB works without a problem in other computers with vista!

Anyone knows what should I do?

Answer:Satellite A200-1AE doesn't recognize the USB 2.0 flash hard drive

Hi

First of all you should disconnect all USB devices and should remove the USB ports and controllers from the device manager.
After this procedure you should reboot the notebook. After new restart the Vista OS should recognize the USB ports and should reinstall the USB drivers again.

Then you should update the Vista to the latest state! All patches and fixes should be installed. Please note that you will have to visit the MS update site to get all patches?

Note; MS has released an Vista SP1 beta version. I have installed it on my notebook and it has solved several issues?.

Best regards

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All,

I have read that you can get an adapter to connect a Compact Flast card to your IDE interface and use it as a hard drive (say your C: drive).

Now its mu understanding that CF is much faster than a regular hard drive, not to mention the size and noise advantages.

Cost aside, what are the pros and cons in using a CF as the promary hard drive?

Thanks
Steve
 

Answer:Compact Flash as Main Hard Drive (Pros and Cons)

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