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BSOD whenever a usb device gets plugged -flash drives, external drives

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BSOD whenever a usb device gets plugged -flash drives, external drives

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Answer: BSOD whenever a usb device gets plugged -flash drives, external drives

Code:
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 1000007E, {ffffffffc0000005, fffff8000348bda9, fffff880039bcd58, fffff880039bc5b0}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for snapman.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for snapman.sys
Probably caused by : disk.sys ( disk! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+70f )

Followup: MachineOwner
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2: kd> lmvm snapman
start end module name
fffff880`01e00000 fffff880`01e46000 snapman T (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: snapman.sys
Image path: snapman.sys
Image name: snapman.sys
Timestamp: Wed Mar 09 23:52:38 2011 (4D777F1E)
CheckSum: 0004F614
ImageSize: 00046000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
Ensure Windows is updated, then reboot and update your Acronis installation:
Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
 
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
 
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Answer:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.

Cheers!

Answer:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x
Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

If I go into the properties to the ?security? tab, it says ?you do not have permission to view or edit this object?s permission settings?

If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

Answer:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

Answer:Flash drives recognized but external hard drives are not

In Disk Management do the External USB drives have a drive letter assigned? If not they probably won't show in File Explorer. I keep 3 such drives connected always and they have drive letters, the USB Thumb drives I plug in automatically get a drive letter assigned and then can be seen in File Explorer.

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

Answer:External Hard drives and flash drives security

zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..


Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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Operating on my HP Laptop running Windows 8.1, what can I do about retrieving the data on several drives I've just found in my desk drawer.  Where are the different drives I am used to that would allow me to read these drives?

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

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Hey guys. I've been a fan of your forum for a while, and didn't create an account til now. I'm at my wits end.. and I'm desperate for help. My posts on other forums have been ignored, so I'll try here.

It all started when I bought the Dingoo A320 game system. In order for it to work with Windows 7, I had to replace the USBSTOR.sys file with another. Everything seemed fine.. except the file transfer to my Dingoo was exceptionally slow. Eventually, I followed instructions months ago, and somehow got my Dingoo to not use it's preinstalled China Chip Drivers, but Windows's mass storage driver.

Everything seemed fine for months.. until I bought a portable hard drive (Seagate Freeagent Go Flex). After spending hours trying to figure out why it wouldn't install, I returned it.. about a week later, I picked out a Patriot 64GB Flash Drive as a replacement to the Freeagent Go. Surprise surprise.. drivers won't install. Old flash drives still work (they were installed before the Dingoo incident).

I've tried:

-Uninstalling and reinstalling device plenty of times
-Pointed Windows 7 towards "/system32/drivers" and didn't help
-Replaced USBSTOR.sys with Windows XP version
-Replaced USBSTOR.sys with Windows Vista version
-Checked for corrupted system files
-Tried Driver Genius

I'm at my wits end.. I have so many important files on this OS.. and I don't want to restore the OS. I've backed up some of my files thanks to Ubuntu (where the flash drive works without a... Read more

Answer:Flash drives & external drives won't install

Never mind. After getting no help on multiple forums, I've had enough of Windows 7.

Installing Windows XP Pro SP3.

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I already found out the hard way that flash drives don't have a registry in which I can install a program to it, and run it on other computers, unless the program is a lite program. Is there a way to make it more flexible in the sense of creating a registry for it?

Next question; Do external hard drives have a registry? Could I install games and or programs to an external and run them directly from it? Is there a way to create a registry for it if it does not have one?
Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
 

Answer:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself
 

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I have windows 7 pro and recently I have not been able to open up a new folder on any external hard drive or flash drive that I use with my computer. When I use these same flash and external hard drives in another computer it works fine, my initial thought is, there is something disabled in my system or some program is blocking me when I try to create a new folder in my drives. need advice and help.

Answer:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt

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I love my thumb-drives.

I recently added a high-speed 8GB SanDisk USB Blade to my setup. I already have a slow old 64GB drive that I use just to backup my file archives, a 32GB OCZ Rally2 (that I've hidden from Windows because I have a full install of Linux on it that I can boot into), and another old 1GB that I've had for years.

When I plugged the new Blade into my PC, my 120GB SSD boot drive "vanished" from my BIOS. When I unplugged the Blade, my SSD returned, I was sure that meant my new thumb-drive was bad. (I can plug all 5 drives in AFTER booting and the SSD is detected just fine, I just can't have them all plugged in BEFORE booting.)

So I tried an experiment:

I unplugged ALL of my thumb drives and plugged them back in one at a time, starting with the Blade. The SSD didn't "disappear" until after I plugged in my 5th thumb-drive. Tried different drives in different ports. It didn't matter. My SSD disappears from my BIOS with all 5 drives plugged in.

I have two USB expansion ports on the front of my case, 4 more USB ports in a hub in a 3.5" bay, 6 USB devices plugged into the back of my PC including a 7-port hub with just one device plugged into it.

I've never heard of something like this happening before. And USB-2.0 is "technically" capable of supporting 64 devices. So why is my PC barfing on one drive too many?

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Answer:Is it possible to have too many flash drives plugged in?

Try changing the drive letter under disk management. 2 drives are probably assigned the same drive letter resulting in neither showing up.
 

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It's not really annoying, just has bugged me forever. Every single computer I've ever used weather it be Windows 98 through 7, OS X, Ubuntu, laptop or desktop. If you plug a flash drive in the CD drive(s) will spin up to see if their is a CD in them. Why? Lol I can't find anything online saying the reason.

Answer:Why do CD drives spin up when a flash drive is plugged in?

Hi there .. I cannot say i have ever noticed that .. So just tried it on two Laptops no spin at all .. Though that was a DVD/CD drive which i assume you meant

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I am new to this forum and to posting tech questions online in general so hopefully I can describe what's going on accurately.

My computer has had no problems to speak of lately. I had not synced my iPod nano in some time, maybe a month or two, so I plugged it in yesterday to sync it. I received the following message: "iTunes has detected an iPod that appears to be corrupted. You may need to restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes." I have since discovered the problem has nothing to do with the iPod itself. The iPod plays all the music and podcasts that are currently on it just fine. When I plug it into my girlfriend's computer, her iTunes recognizes it just fine as my iPod and I was able to pull videos off of it.

I am now pretty certain the problem is with my USB drives. I have an external memory drive that I use to back up documents - I had not used this in some time either. Out of curiosity I plugged it in, and it's not working either. When I plug it in and turn it on, nothing pops up, and when I try to do certain actions to check on it, like open My Computer, the system freezes and I end up having to manually shut down the computer and restart.

I have gone through several threads on various forums and tried almost everything but nothing has resolved this issue. Some threads suggested that plugging in certain devices can mess up your USB drives like this, and a few weeks ago I did plug my girlfriend's printer ... Read more

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1) Is there a way to seperate my (mini) external HD so that one part is password protected, and one part is not? And can I do the same for a USB flash drive?

2) How do I turn my USB flash drive into a key? So that I need it plugged in to use the computer (laptop)?
like this:
http://www.thetravelinsider.info/roa.../securikey.htm
except free.

Answer:2 Questions (about external HD, and USB flash drives)

I use Steganos Safe, its not free but I felt it was worth the price.

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The oddest thing happened - my computer suddenly decided, after three years, to no longer recognize my two external hard drives or my four flash drives. None of my six ports recognize them. They don't load. Nothing. Just a little pop up saying something akin to "USB device not recognized by Windows."

Hmmm. None storage devices like my printer, scanner, mouse and keyboard, all still work without a hitch on any of the ports. My HDDs and flash drives still work on my other home computer and my laptop so it's not the devices themselves. This is really perplexing because I haven't installed any new software in ages nor have I put in new hardware. This problem just seems so arbitrary! I was using these devices just yesterday, too!
 

Answer:External HDD and flash drives not recognized?

have you had any reasont power changes? also in the house. or maby changed your powersupply? or maby shut down the PC by holding the off button for some seconds so it shuts down emidially?
 

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We are working with Symantec and their Endpoint Protection product.  They have the ability to block writing to a flash drive unless we configured it in their application.  We configured this back in the fall of 2015, and it was working fine.  We
have not had an upgrade to the application except for Anti Virus Definition files.
Recently, the drives we are creating were not functioning properly.  We called Symantec and work with them over several days.  The problems seems to be when we go into Device Manager, Disk Drives, Select Flash Drive Properties, click on Details
tab, under Property, select Device Instance Path which where we get the unique ID for each flash drive.
While using this data used to work, what has happened recently is the ID being given is not "refreshing" from the previous flash drive, so it is giving us the same ID for each drive we put in.
We have tried the following:
What was done used same 3 flash drives.  Put in USB port and obtained Device Instance Path from One ? Ejected it through Device Manager by clicking uninstall.  Did the same for flash drive 2 and 3.  All 3 reports same Device Instance Path
#.  We tried this on 3 pc's here in our business that are on Windows Server 2008 Domain, computer running Windows 7 Pro 64.
I took home three flash drives, and did the above test with my daughters Windows 10 (Home 64) HP Laptop.  All three reported the same instance path ID.
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As careful as I am, I left my flash drive in my office computer and it was stolen. I know they make software that will password-protect files and folders on the USB drive so that other people can not access them. What I am looking for, however, is something that will render the flash drive USELESS if it's stolen, unless the user has a key or knows a password or anything like that. Do they make such a thing? Thanks.
 

Answer:Anti Theft Device for Flash Drives?? Do they make?

If would have to be designed into the hardware of the FLASH drive, so most common models certainly won't do that. It's possible to do so, like hard disk passwords, but I don't know of any that actually offer that feature.
 

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Using an old Toshiba Satelite P755-s5263, 6 gigs of RAM, Win 7 Ultimate x64, i5-2410M

I am trying to obtain some music files (~35 gigs worth) from an external HDD (I will call HDD1, 5400 RPM). Music and documents are on a different partition than the system on HDD1.

The music was initially transferred from a different HDD (HDD3) that had win 10 home on it, different license than my win 7 ultimate. I am pretty sure I gave permissions to the license on HDD1/ SSD to access all of the files. HDD3 was failing mechanically, but there were no bad sectors or corrupt data. I prefer win 7, so I originally did a clean install to HDD1 before shortly buying a SSD.

changed from using HDD1 as the only drive to a SSD-HDD combo (HDD2 is in a caddy in the CD drive, 7200 RPM).

cloned SSD from HDD1, clone was successful.

...trying to get music and other documents from the other partition of HDD1 to HDD2 has been a nightmare.

Tried most of the following by either:
a. having HDD1 hooked up via a SATA to 3.0 cable, HDD2 in a caddy in the disc drive, and SSD in primary
b. Having HDD1 in primary slot, HDD2 in caddy
c. tried HDD1 in a SATA enclosure that used a double sided usb cord for transfer.

transfer is initially fast, but goes down to ~5MB/s, then to kb/s. hangs up in the middle of transferring

I have tried:
1. did chkdsk on all HDDs and their partitions, no problems
2. did scannow, no problems
3. did microsoft troubleshooting, did not help
4. did HDtune and ... Read more

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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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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.
In case useful, I'm posting a few photos including one of the flash drive properties from a workin... Read more

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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WIndows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, does not recognize external USB Mass Storage, External power supply, gigaware HDD case w/ 500gb Caviar Western digital IDE HDD. Win 7 doesn't see flash drives either. I get a code 32 (another driver MAY be assigned to device) and code 28 (unknown device) I have tried everything posted in Microsoft answers..nothing works. This External HDD worked perfect in Win XP....I am so aggravated with Win 7 ..It was not cheap either, but the limited use has really gotten under my skin...I have wasted soooo much time on this issue, I am thinking of dumping Win 7 and go back to XP and stay antiquated. My Machine is decent, I need to upgrade my memory, (only 2 gig on the 800mhz bus) Gigabyte case, Fatal1ty 550W PS, ASRock A790GXH/128M - Mboard w/AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6400+, 3193 Mhz, 2 cores, 2 logical processors, X16 PCI Express NVidia Geforce GTX 280 dual X16 express slots, Surround Display capable, I use a Samsung 26" LCD TV for my Monitor (works great), I am using the onboard VIA HD Audio, I have a WD 250 SATA II HDD (primary), Maxtor 160 SATA II HDD, Seagate 125 IDE HDD, and Seagate 160 IDE HDD, plus an ASUS DVDRW w/ light-scribe. Win & Ultimate is updated with all of the latest Service packs and drivers.I do not know what is keeping my External HDD;s from being able to use them, they do not show as Mass Storage, only in Printers and devices - unknown! Any Ideas?????

Answer:External USB Hard Drivres and Flash drives not working

Use a rear usb port.Or,How to Get More Power to Front USB Portshttp://www.ehow.com/how_8549329_pow...

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So I bought this external 40 gig drive a while back and it turned out it was actually a pair of 20 gig drives. my itunes library has just reached the capacity of the device and it won't let me add anything else as long as i'm consolidating things onto the drive, which i would like to keep doing to save disk space on my actual PC. is there a way i can either merge the 2 drives or set itunes so that it splits the library between the drives? thanks!

Answer:Splitting Consolidated iTunes library over 2 external drives? (merging drives!?)

Don't know much about Itunes other than it's very restrictive about moving tunes. I've read a lot of good things about SharePod that sounds like you can do most anything you would want and still use itunes

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?
 

Answer:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large external drives

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I volunteer for a Charity in the main role of IT admin. Part of what I want to do is ensure the Laptops, External Drives and Memory sticks are encrypted, but I am worried if I (try to) encrypt a drive with files already on, they will get messed up. I am not an expert, so would appreciate any advice and guidance anyone can give. Any favourite products? We are a charity so want to pay little or nothing for this. The intention is to ensure any personal information we hold is secure if it falls into the wrong hands. I am clearly looking at making sure no-one uses Laptops/Ext drives/memory sticks that do not belong to the charity when working (self included), but am a little uncertain where to start with this and do not want to make things worse. Any input gratefully received. Probably a simple question for lots of you, but not for me!!
 

Answer:Encryption of hard drives, external drives and Memory sticks

All the encryption programs I know of support encrypting drives with data. BitLocker and Vercrypt(TrueCrypt port) absolutely do. BitLocker absolutely requires the use of strong Windows passwords as it only protects the drive if its removed or accessed via another boot device. VeraCrypt has the added benefit of having a pre-boot password so you cannot even boot to the operating system without entering the password. You should still of course have strong passwords and automatic locking of the system after a set time of inactivity.

You may also want to re-evaluate the need for USB drives and sticks, not only are they bad for data security but also easy to lose, have stolen, or just fail. Central storage and VPN access may be preferred to a giant pile of external devices that some places end up relying on.
 

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I was cleaning a PC that was infected with a tough rootkit and eventually rebuilt w/ OS to ensure all was well. During the attempted cleaning, I had a external hard drive and a flash drive connected to the PC. My question is ... can rootkits and their similar counterparts spread to attached drives such as these [and eventually infect the next PC they are attached to]?

I have since used the flash drive in a new Dell PC w/ Win7 and it is acting a bit strange all of a sudden after sitting overnight.

Thanks much!
Brian

Answer:Are Rootkits able to jump to external drives or removable drives?

Yes,that is quite easy,especially with .exe files.You ned to clean the drive and scan what ever iy connected to.Were they both Win7?EDIT:You can download and use Autorun Eater or Autorun USB Virus Finder which will allow removal of any suspicious 'autorun.inf' files they find. Panda USB Vaccine. Computer Vaccination will prevent any AutoRun file from running, regardless of whether the removable device is infected or not. USB Vaccination disables the autorun file so it cannot be read, modified or replaced and creates an AUTORUN_.INF as protection against malicious code. The Panda Resarch Blog advises that once USB drives have been vaccinated, they cannot be reversed except with a format. If you do this, be sure to back up your data files first or they will be lost during the formatting process.Another option for XP users is Flash_Disinfector by sUBs. Please read About Flash Disinfector by Papakid and USB/Flash Drive Safety by TheJoker.Finally, always scan USB flash drives and any external storage media after they have been used in other computer systems, even your own. An easy way to do this is to download "ClamWin Portable Antivirus", put it on your USB Flash Drive, update its definition files and perform a scan.{borrowed from our quietman7}

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Are external Tape drives as good as internal drives? The drive is used with VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers Version 9.1.4691.1.
 

Answer:Are external Tape drives as good as internal drives?

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If this is in the wrong forum, please move it to the right place, thanks.
Alright so this all started a lot of months ago but now it's getting really annoying. At first I noticed my laptop acting up with my Sandisk flash drive that I've had for years. It'd take a while to connect then after it did whenever I'd eject it through the devices panel it'd say that the flash drive needed to be troubleshooted? It could never find what the problem was. Plugged in my newer flash drive and it acted the same. Finally tried my Seagate Slim Portable and the same thing happened.

Then after a while whenever I'd plug in one of them my laptop fan would kick up on high and my cpu would start to spike pretty high. It wouldn't happen immediately but after at least a minute of having it plugged in this would happen. Once I ejected it the cpu would still be spiking and I'd have to restart the computer to get it to stop. Also sometimes when plugging one in my cursor would really slow down or freeze for a bit then be normal again.

This happens no matter what usb port I try. Just recently when I decided to plug in my external hard drive into a different port the screen literally FROZE even my cursor disappeared and no keyboard input so I had to force it off.

I've tried checking if the ports needed driver updates but they're supposedly up to date. I've scanned my computer but nothings there. My computer has the latest updates too. I've even checked my settings to high performance. Is there a... Read more

Answer:External hard drive/flash drives causing high cpu and slowdown

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
How long have you been using Trend Micro
Not a good sign imho
Often to correct problems a system needs to be clean installed.
Use Panda instead.

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Hi

very bizarre :
- 3 of my 6 drives SATA connected to internal SATA connectors on board ( Z87 Deluxe)
- are shown in explorer "my computer" as hard disks ( while correctly DVD and USB are in removable drives list)
- however these 3 drives appear in the list of removable drives Under the W7 utility "safely remove" !

That could lead to confusion when removing removable drives !

Any explanation ? Can I correct this ?

I think that it is possible that these drives have been formatted and partitioned whiel on a SATA-to USB dock ( when PC was Under repair). Have tried to delete all partitions on one of those drives, and recreate partitions Under W7 with Acronis Disk Director, but no change.
Or should I remove them from Computer Management ?

TIA for help please !

Regards

Answer:SATA drives : internal appear as External drives !

It is not bizarre but a result of drives being connected to ports that allow hot swapping (set to AHCI)

One possibility is to install the Intel AHCI drivers instead of the stock drivers that are part of the Windows 7 DVD.

Another is this:

FIX: AHCI/SATA drives showing in "Safely Remove Hardware"

This works for the Intel controller.



If you are connected to another controller, go to the Device manager and right click on that controller and select properties.

Then under the Policies tab, you should be able to uncheck the box that allows safe removal.

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I have several old hard drives, taken from previouse CPU's. Is there anyway in which I can use them as external hard drives or be able to read what is stored on them, without hooking up INSIDE my CPU ?
 

Answer:Old hard drives, can I make them external drives ?

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Hi all. I'm hoping someone could help me with this issue. I just finished putting together my computer, installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bits. However, both of my hard drives (one SSD, one regular HDD) are showing up as external drives (plug-and-play). If I click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon, I could actually "eject" both of my hard drives. I've searched on Google for clues, but it wasn't helpful. If anyone has any idea on how to fix this, it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Answer:Internal drives showing up as external drives

You have to enable write caching for your internal hard disk.- Click on Start Menu.- Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.- Locate your hard disk under Disc Drives in the list in Device Manager.- Double-click on your hard disk.- Select Policies tab.- Check the checkbox Enable write caching on this device- Click OK.

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Hi all

My wife had a flash drive which was obviously carrying something. Its a problem I have had before. It duplicates/imitates folders on the drive and when clicked, it infects the PC.
Lately, I see that my PC puts an .EXE file on he flash called data user. it doesn't try hide it as a folder, but in any folders on the flash, appears another .EXE with the same name as the containing folder.

This time, my task manager runs fine, but my folder options are not available.
As mentioned, it attaches itself to any external drives.
The PC is running XP Home 2002 SP 3
I have another PC at home, which I believe to be infected.
GMER doesn't want to work well. I have tried it 3 times, it takes hours and eventually freezes up the PC.


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DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Robert at 14:17:04.90 on 2011/03/16
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1013.259 [GMT 2:00]
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AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *Enabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
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C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
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Answer:Reinfected by a dirty flash drive - no folder options, slower computer, infects all external drives

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all tools need to be started by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator!
Do not d... Read more

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what is the diferance in usb drives and usb flash drives

Answer:usb drives vers flash drives

They may be the same thing but named differently or, one may be slim card that fits a camera or mobile phone

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Good day all,
I am running an hp desktop using windows 7 that I wish to back up. I'm going to need a terrabyte external hard drive and, if possible, a terabyte flash drive. The last one I bought was a Seagate but I was annoyed to find it required me to purchase separate software.
So my question is in two parts, which do you think is/are the best external hard drive to buy and does it come complete with all necessary software? I'm not sure if flash drives run to that size but if they do which would you recommend?
A final question, when I have backed up my computer in the past, it has not been recorded and 'it' says there has never been a back-up carried out; another message is that the network or location the back-up is being stored cannot be located! What have I done wrong?
I appreciate any help or advice that can be given,
Thanks.
 

Answer:Best back up drives and flash drives

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Pretty much that I Cannot see or read disk drives other than "c" including flash drives even in disc Mgmt or Comp Mgmt. Ive done a ton of googling, a ton of downloading this patch or that, nothing seems to have worked thus far.


This started with a virus. Im pretty sure I had Zentrom. Got rid of Zentrom and all, but now I still cant move my Data from my hard drive OFF of it. I cant burn (or read) a dvd/cd , I cant hook up a usb HDD, and I cant use a flashdrive. Im not even typing this from that laptop as Im running MBAM on it as we speak.

The laptop in question is a
Dell Insiron E1705 Media Direct
WindowsXP Media Center edition
version 2002
service pack 2
Genuine Intel CPU
T2250 @1.73
795MHz, 1.99GB of RAM
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PLEASE NOTE :

I AM A MUSICIAN. MY ART IS STORED ON THIS BOX AND WILL NOT BE
DOING A DESTRUCTIVE RECOVERY OR ANY SUCH THING. I NEED TO GET
THE DATA OFF WITHOUT WIPING IT.

THANK YOU.
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Answer:Cannot see or read disk drives other than "c" including flash drives even in disc Mgmt or Comp Mgmt

We need a deeper look. Please go here....Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.Let me know if that went well.DO NOT run a Temp file or Registry Cleaner or it will all be LOST.

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I don't remember when it happened. But this is the current situation:

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/8228/51296263.jpg

Specs:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a387/GbeTech/Compspecs2.gif?t=1250505503

Further explanation: I've set 1 virtual drive with Daemon Tools, which should be shown in My computer, but isn't. Also my two hardware CD/DVD Drives aren't recognized, and when I put discs in it, nothing shows up (I can't burn as well).

Seems like a simple fix, I just don't know what those exclamation marks mean.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: CD/DVD Drives unrecognized w/ yellow "!" in Device Manager, Virtual drives do

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I had posted this on another thread concerning a blue screen in a Sony Vaio but was advised to remove it and start a new thread which I?m doing here. I have a two year old Sony Vaio 64 bit with Windows 7 Home Premium, Service pack 1. I had no problem with it until I put on Norton 360 when blue screens started generating. I posted on here a week ago and uploaded a zip file and followed the advice given after analysis.
I got onto Norton Community as advised and uploaded the contents of the BSOD screen which only occurred when I started the computer. They gave me a link to a Microsoft Knowledge base article at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979444 which in turn led me to the following hotfix :- http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix302249/7600/free/404162_intl_x64_zip.exe
I downloaded this Hotfix and got no BSOD for a week when I got another one. The contents of the BSOD screen I got after one week were as follows:-
A problem has been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
APC_INDEX_MISMATCH

If problems continue disable or remove any newly installed hardwear or softwear. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer press F8 to select advanced start-up options and then select safe mode.
Technical Information
***STOP: 0 X 00000001 (C 0 X 000000007798172A, 0 X 0000000000000000, 0 X 00000000FFFF0000, 0 X FFFFF88... Read more

Answer:Sony Vaio BSOD Screens and query on checking external drives

Code:
VERIFIER_ENABLED_VISTA_MINIDUMP
You need to disable driver verifier as it may create false BSOD-s.

Please disable verifier according to its tutorial below and let us know if you are still getting BSOD-s.Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable

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Hi guys,

New to the forum so thank you in advance for any light you can shed on my problem.

I have a Toshiba Satellite L655-1EM laptop running windows 7 home premium 64bit. OEM came pre-installed. I've had the laptop about 6 months.

It works great but I seem to get the BSOD quite a lot. I noticed it only seems to happens when I'm using either of my external hard drives or SD cards. Usually when I am transferring a batch of large files between drives.

Any help you can offer in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Mark

Answer:BSOD when transferring files from memory cards or external hard drives

Hello, Mark080.

First, welcome to Windows Seven Forums !

Second. On this moment, I will try with reinstalling drivers for card reader.
That drivers is free and you can download from Toshiba web site.

Maybe, you installed wrong drivers, not for your lapotop. You need exactly driver for your model of laptop.

Go here and download new : Download Windows 7 drivers:

Then uinstall old drivers and restart computer :
1. Open Start Menu.
2. Right click on Computer.
3. Click on Properties.
4. Open Task Manager (You need administrator privileges to edit drivers)
5. Find your drivers and delete it.
6. Close all windows, save your work, and restart your computer.

Then :
1. Run installation.
2. Restart computer again.

I think that should work.

Trinty.

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I know the question is awkward. So hopefully, I can explain it.

Say that I have a 500 GB external hard drive. But as it turns out, there's only 465 GB according to it and my computer. Why isn't there 500 Gb, but rather only 465? This also applies to mp3 players like iPods.

Why is this?

Can I do something to get back the "hidden" memory?
 

Answer:Solved: Why is there never the full memory on external/flash memory hard drives?

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Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?

Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?
 

Answer:Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?

Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?Click to expand...

It should be obvious once you think about it for a second. Portable drives are encased in an enclosure. The enclosures must provide power and a data interface for the drive, and connections to the computer. The enclosure cost money to design and manufacture and then someone or some assembly process must install the drive in the enclosure.

The desktop drive has no enclosure and the power and data connections are supplied by the computer.





Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?Click to expand...

Yes - as a secondary (not boot) drive.



Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?Click to expand...

Shop around. Check out Newegg or Tiger Direct or Amazon.

When it comes to enclosures, the drives themselves are all comparably reliable. The problem comes with the enclosures. Not all are equal or offer the same interfaces. I would look for one that supports eSATA and/or USB 3.0.
 

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Two of my USB external Hard drives, a Fantom 600 GB and a Western Digital My Book 500GB cannot be seen in My Computer. I can see them in Device Manager and that says that they are working properly and the drivers are up to Date. In Disk Manager the 2 external drives had a black bar unlike the other drives which had blue bars. The 2 external disks had a number assigned to them but no letter.

I have tried diskpart in the command prompt, was able to assign a letter, then had to format the drives and they did show up in My computer as valid empty external hard drives with the correct amount of space on them. But when I tried to recover the backed up data for one of the disks (less than a third of the capacity of either drive) they went back to not being recognized by My Computer ans in disk manager had a black line with no letter again.

I just went through that process again, got both drives back and tried to recover the backed up files to my Fantom drive and lost the Fantom drive once again.

I am attaching screen shots of my current My Computer (Computer in 7) Device Manager and Disk Manager. In Device Manager you can see the Fantom. The My Book is the WD 5000AAV. In Disk Manager the My Book shows healthy with Disk 1 and the letter L. The Fantom is Disk 2 with no letter and a black bar. In My computer, the My Book is there but not the Fantom.

Any ideas for this. I am about to just recover my computer to factory setup and start new. I have sa... Read more

Answer:External drives show in Device Manager & Disk Manager but not Computer

Hi Dick1030,

Welcome to Seven Forums.


Please do as follows:

1. It is unusual for the System Reserved Partition to have a drive letter. Please remove the drive letter.

2. Please remove (always Safely Remove) all the external drives including any card reader and do a drive cleanup as indicated here. http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/298744-usb-thumb-drives-not-recognised-not-drive-letter.html#post2477076 It will clean your system of all non-present devices and you will be starting with a clean slate.(Incidentally this can resolve many drive letter assignment confusion of Windows OS, as you can see in the referenced thread.)

3. After you reboot on completion of the drive cleanup, plugin only your WD My Book and the Fantom drive. As you plug-in the driver for each device will be installed ab-initio. You can watch it.

4. Now take a screenshot of the Disk Management and post. While taking the screenshot, click on "Show/Hide Console Tree” and “Show/Hide Action Pane” buttons on the toolbar on top to hide those and also pull up the center partition line up as much as possible so that we get a clear and full view.





5. Also tell us whether you are sure that you had formatted the Fantom drive and it contains data and whether you want to recover the data..


(Your statements and the screenshots are so confusing - atleast to me - it is necessary that you do the above and restate the problem.)

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?
 

Answer:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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I've searched through a few forums on this problem but most of them involve the PC not "BOOTING" with it plugged in via USB. My issue is my computer will not POWER on, after a shut down, with some of my USB devices. Once I unplug which ever one is causing the issue (it kinda seems random but I might be wrong.)
the PC will power on just fine once I hit the power button, and then I can plug in my USB devices and I have no boot issues or anything like other people have problems with.

I have 10 USB ports on my computer, 4 from the motherboard, 4 from a PCI expansion (just in the slot, hooked up to motherboard ), and 2 on the front panel. I just got the expansion today and that is the issue now. Before it was the initial 4 on the motherboard, and the front panel has caused the issue before as well.

5 of my devices are external hard drives, and they are all powered from the wall outlet. None receive power the computer directly. They seem to be the ones causing the issues, but it happens even if they are powered off.

Also, when I shut down, the red power light in front stays on, and it will stay on even If I unplug my PC power, if the USB devices are still plugged in.

I am going to try and see if I can find out if it is one specific hard drive that is causing the problem or if it is random like I think it is.

I'll post more info after I do some experimenting.

Also, Have USB keyboard and printer and I don't think either of them have ever caused the pr... Read more

Answer:PC will not POWER on with USB drives plugged in.

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Win 7, both 32 and 64 bit machines.Have had cords dangling everywhere - I have 3 WD external drives, an 80MB, a 160MB, and a 2TB. I got tired of the cords dangling everywhere and bought a four-port hub. When I plug the hub into my machine, it takes about 20 or 30 seconds before the first of the three drives appears, and about 90 seconds total for all three.What up with that? And what do I do to speed it up?

Answer:'Finding' USB Drives Plugged into a Hub

Please contact Staples customer service teamhttp://www.staples.com/sbd/content/help/contact/index.htmlI wouldn't put up with that delay!

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Hello,

I was given an old Dell laptop (with no software/recovery discs) and it worked fine until one time I tried to start it up with a USB flash drive and a USB external hard drive both plugged in.. It would not get to the Windows loading screen.. It gets past the BIOS loading, then goes to a black screen with an underscore cursor blinking at the top left.. It hangs here and never gets any further (even when I left it on for more than 24 hours). And yes I've tried starting it both with and without the USB drives plugged in.

I'm not sure of the specs, but it has Windows XP Home and it's a pretty good laptop from the pre-Windows Vista/7 days. It has something like a 160Gb HD, 512Mb of RAM (maybe 1GBb), and an above-average Pentium CPU (probably Pentium 4, maybe D or M).

I can try to see what specs I can get later, but I think what's more important in figuring this out is the fact that I never had a problem until I tried to start it up with 2 USB drives plugged in. Someone suggested I might've overloaded it by doing that.

Also, I can probably find a Windows XP disc or recovery disc to borrow if I'll need it, but this brings up 2 more small questions:
Can I use a Windows XP Pro disc to recover this Windows XP Home system?
If I re-install Windows with someone else's disc, will this make me unable to use Windows since they've already used that product key to register it?

Any help with this is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Can't startup Windows XP - after trying w/ 2 USB drives plugged in

Hi


Quote:





Originally Posted by Necron44


Can I use a Windows XP Pro disc to recover this Windows XP Home system?




No, you cannot repair a Windows XP Home with a Pro disc. You also cannot use a Windows XP Home product key on an XP Pro Installation.
However you can use an XP Home CD for the recovery console on an XP pro PC.


Quote:





Originally Posted by Necron44


If I re-install Windows with someone else's disc, will this make me unable to use Windows since they've already used that product key to register it?




You should have a product key sticker on the PC if it is an OEM licenced version of Windows XP. You can then use that product key to reinstall/repair Windows.
If you do not have a product Key then it is illegal to use someone else's Product key. The only option would then be to buy Windows XP (Retail version) from someone.

As to your problem you can try repairing the hard drive first:

While doing this remove all flash drives.

Note you will have to boot from a CD. To do this you might have to change the boot order in your BIOS (or some PCs allow you to press a key for a boot device menu).

To enter your BIOS you will have to restart the PC then start tapping F2, DEL, F10 on your keyboard (Usually a message displays on the screen "Press XX key to enter Setup/BIOS")
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Hello,

I was given an old Dell laptop (with no software/recovery discs) and it worked fine until one time I tried to start it up with a USB flash drive and a USB external hard drive both plugged in.. It would not get to the Windows loading screen.. It gets past the BIOS loading, then goes to a black screen with an underscore cursor blinking at the top left.. It hangs here and never gets any further (even when I left it on for more than 24 hours). And yes I've tried starting it both with and without the USB drives plugged in.

I'm not sure of the specs, but it has Windows XP Home and it's a pretty good laptop from the pre-Windows Vista/7 days. It has something like a 160Gb HD, 512Mb of RAM (maybe 1GBb), and an above-average Pentium CPU (probably Pentium 4, maybe D or M).

I can try to see what specs I can get later, but I think what's more important in figuring this out is the fact that I never had a problem until I tried to start it up with 2 USB drives plugged in. Someone suggested I might've overloaded it by doing that.

Also, I can probably find a Windows XP disc or recovery disc to borrow if I'll need it, but this brings up 2 more small questions:
Can I use a Windows XP Pro disc to recover this Windows XP Home system?
If I re-install Windows with someone else's disc, will this make me unable to use Windows since they've already used that product key to register it?


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Answer:Can't startup Windows - after trying w/ 2 USB drives plugged in

"I was given an old Dell laptop"...
"Old" is the important word here... Old laptops may not be able to boot an OS from an external device. The blinking cursor means that the laptop is looking for a boot device, either a hard drive or CD. Try replacing the internal hard drive and reloading Windows. Yes you can use an XP Pro disc over XP home. Just format C first. Please note that the internal hard drive may not be seen by the bios at this point
 

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The short version of what I am trying to do is to use all 4 Sata ports that are on my motherboard (abit LG-75) and then set up a software raid. The problem is that when I have 4 Sata drives plugged in, the computer won't boot past the part where the Bios detects the 4 drives. I have played around with Bios settings and changing the ports that each drive is plugged into. As well as only having 1 or 2 plugged in. I have had relatively limited luck getting the computer to boot even with only 1 or 2 drives plugged in. I also checked abit's website and although there are bios updates for my motherboard, none of the descriptions seem to indicate any fix to the way it handles the Sata drives.

Any advice on where to look next would be much appreciated.

P.S. Am I barking up the wrong tree with the Bios, are sata drives handled by the bios or by an intel chipset...does this work independently of the bios?

-Thanks

Answer:Computer won't boot with Sata drives plugged in.

Quote:





Originally Posted by masteroc


The short version of what I am trying to do is to use all 4 Sata ports that are on my motherboard (abit LG-75) and then set up a software raid. The problem is that when I have 4 Sata drives plugged in, the computer won't boot past the part where the Bios detects the 4 drives. I have played around with Bios settings and changing the ports that each drive is plugged into. As well as only having 1 or 2 plugged in. I have had relatively limited luck getting the computer to boot even with only 1 or 2 drives plugged in. I also checked abit's website and although there are bios updates for my motherboard, none of the descriptions seem to indicate any fix to the way it handles the Sata drives.

Any advice on where to look next would be much appreciated.

P.S. Am I barking up the wrong tree with the Bios, are sata drives handled by the bios or by an intel chipset...does this work independently of the bios?

-Thanks






have you been in bios and switched the boot sec back to right way? it sometimes changes when you install new hardware

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Do they have routers that function as regular routers but you can use wireless with them and also plug USB hard drives into them so that I can use them as storage network drives as well?
 

Answer:Do they sell routers that allow USB hard drives to be plugged into them?

This was the search router usb storage

This was the first link:
http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=390
AirPlus XtremeŽ G Wireless 108G USB Storage Router DI-624S.

And Netgear has one as well:
http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WGT634U.php

Matter of fact the Netgear seems to have some hacks out there as well:
http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/roofnet/doku.php?id=wgt634u

This is working on getting OpenWRT working on it...
http://sarwiki.informatik.hu-berlin.de/Hacking_the_Netgear_wgt634u
 

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Hello,

I have searched around here for my problem and can't find a solution to my problem.

I have two SATA HDD's plugged into my computer, one of them has the operating system on it and the other one has my old XP installation and loads of others, although might have been formatted.

When I tried removing the old XP one the computer does not boot up after bios, with the error along the lines of:

"Can not find the boot device, please insert..."

Any ideas?

It'll be nice not to have a Hard drive in there that I am not using, cheers!

Answer:Windows 7 requires both HDD drives plugged in to boot up

Remove the old drive.
Then boot to your Windows 7 DVD and perform a startup repair.
Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I'm getting around to getting my new Lenovo Notebook set up prior to replacing the stock HDD with a Sammy 840 EVO and I'm having a couple of problems that have me stumped.

1. The first time I plug in an external drive, be it HDD or flash drive, via a USB port, I have to go into disk management to assign a drive letter to it even though it already has one and was working fine when I would plug it into my desktop machine. Once I assigned the drive letter, it would work fine from then on except for problem #2.

2. Once the drive has a drive letter reassigned, I have to go into Computer to find it since the little window with the Autoplay context menu doesn't appear. I've checked the Autoplay settings and have everything set to ask every time (the way I prefer it). What am I missing here?

Edit: Ok, this just got weirder. I just now tried plugging in the external HDD into the preferred USB 3.0 port and the little Autoplay window decided to pop up like a good little window should. After ejecting and disconnecting the drive, I then tried rebooting the computer, then plugging in the drive. The little window popped right up. Same for the flash drive I had trouble with before when I plugged it in. I then tried plugging the external drive in again and had to go into disk management yet again to reassign the stupid drive letter again. Yeeesh!

Answer:New Drives Plugged in New Notebook Need to Have Drive Letter Assigned

Wow! 167 views and no responses. This really must be a stinker of a problem.

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I was putting a friends power supply from his computer into an extra pc of mine that I had to used the power supply on another pc. I thought it was simple enough to do since I had done this before with no issues. Now when I turn the computer on none of the drives work. If I unplug the cables from either the cd rom or the hard drive they start running. But no data can go through. I just had this computer running 5 days ago with it's own power supply. I am out of ideas and answers.Thank youAmy C.

Answer:Reason for drives to not work if cables are plugged into the motherboard

Hi Amy C,Okay most likley it sounds like the power supply may just not have enough juice to run what you need. What watt power supply is it and what are the specs of the computer?Try diconnecting JUST the CD drive from both power and the computer and see if it boots.Hope this helps,

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I went to plug in a USB external hard drive (via 3.0 slot) and the drive isn't showing up either automatically or on the "This PC" tab.

If I go to the search function and type in "D:" I can find the drive and it's accessible. However, I can't figure out for the life of me why it's not just opening like normal. The same goes for the SD card slot (on a Lenovo Yoga 2)

I did recently install Symantec and got rid of McAfee for A/V protection. Would that affect the auto run with some security setting that I'm missing?

Any help appreciated!

Answer:Drives plugged into USB/SD card slot won't detect/open

1 bump

Thanks for looking

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....no drives listed in Hardware List.

When I plug USB drives in, the Safely Remove Hardware icon does not appear in in system tray (its not hidden either)

First, I went to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Select which Icons Appear on the Taskbar...

.. and found it was already on

Next I tried using the solution in this post...

Solved No safely remove icon in tray any more after Windows 10 Anniversary up - Windows 10 Forums

...making a shortcut from "rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll", but when I run the shortcut, there are no devices listed...

(in this screenshot, you can see two USB drives in the Explorer window in the BG but nothing listed in the panel. )

NOTE: They are listed in Disk Management and in the Device Manager under Disk Drives, and they function just fine..
I think the Safely Remove Hardware icon is not appearing because despite being detected and showing in Explorer, Device Manager and Disk Management, its not being listed in this panel for some reason.
NOTE2: I recently installed a new motherboard.

ASUS B150M-A
CPU Intel Core i5 - 6500 (3.2 GHz)
Mem 4096 MB (DDR4 - 2133)

I am 100% sure it was working before that, but I cannot say for sure if it was still working after that.
A friend suggested that it might be a setting in BIOS, but I have looked through it and nothing stands out.

Any suggestions would be welcome.
ETA: this is not the system listed in my System Specs page. That is another computer wh... Read more

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My main external backup drive was assigned to drive letter G:. Upon plugging two usb drives in today that drive's letter got changed from G: to H: Why does that happen?

Because that drive is used for Macrium daily backups assigned as G: in the backup definition the backup did not run.

Answer:Drive letters change when multiple drives plugged in.

Hi, if you assign the same drive letter to two different USB drives, one will get lost. Windows can only remember one letter per drive, assuming you've assigned it in Disk Management.

So it's simple- keep them unique.

(Great you're using disk imaging!)

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....no drives listed in Hardware List.

When I plug USB drives in, the Safely Remove Hardware icon does not appear in in system tray (its not hidden either)

First, I went to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Select which Icons Appear on the Taskbar...

.. and found it was already on

Next I tried using the solution in this post...

Solved No safely remove icon in tray any more after Windows 10 Anniversary up - Windows 10 Forums

...making a shortcut from "rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll", but when I run the shortcut, there are no devices listed...

(in this screenshot, you can see two USB drives in the Explorer window in the BG but nothing listed in the panel. )

NOTE: They are listed in Disk Management and in the Device Manager under Disk Drives, and they function just fine..
I think the Safely Remove Hardware icon is not appearing because despite being detected and showing in Explorer, Device Manager and Disk Management, its not being listed in this panel for some reason.
NOTE2: I recently installed a new motherboard.

ASUS B150M-A
CPU Intel Core i5 - 6500 (3.2 GHz)
Mem 4096 MB (DDR4 - 2133)

I am 100% sure it was working before that, but I cannot say for sure if it was still working after that.
A friend suggested that it might be a setting in BIOS, but I have looked through it and nothing stands out.

Any suggestions would be welcome.
ETA: this is not the system listed in my System Specs page. That is another computer wh... Read more

Answer:USB Drives plugged in but No Safely Remove Icon in Tray, and

No-one can offer any suggestions?

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icon fr the external drive (G) is lost while for other more external drives is ok...it happened after i installed a software n created a virtual ddrive on my computer and then unstalled it...help
 

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 OK....I am not familiar with flash drives. How much information can you get off your computer? Or do these drives only work when retrieving certain files, one at a time. I mean can you download all your information on one?

Answer:flash drives

USB flash drives, like all storage devices, come in different 'sizes.' Most flash drives today are in the +/- 2 GB capacity and they go up to a capacity of at least 8 16 GB - maybe more.They operate just like your harddrive does - the drive will show up in Windows Explorer and you can save data to the drive or retrieve data from the drive.What are you trying to accomplish?

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I've backed up my D drive on 2 x 8 GB drives, and my partitioned C drive (only XP Pro SP3 on board).I know that this is cheaper than an External Hard Drive, but, is it as good?

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The total number of flash drives is 3. Hope I've not confused everything.

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do those usb flash drives carry any type of file including songs

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USB flash drives are simply a portable hard drive, similar to a floppy disk, or optical disc.... They will carry whatever you want, as long as there is ample free space on the drive. They are cheap now too.... I got a 1 Gig drive for just under $60 like a month or 2 ago.

EDIT: I should say they are getting CHEAP(ER)... Compared to HDD's, they are expensive for their relatively small size...

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I have several USB Flash Drives .. I cant remember how to take my pictures from my laptop and put them on to the flash drives so I can erase them from the laptop for more storage.. plus it makes it more convent for printing loads of pictures at walmart. Please help..[/FONconfusedT]
 

Answer:USB Flash Drives?

put the flash drive in the PC and then find it under "My Computer" then just double click to open the drive and then drag and drop, easy enough
 

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I have bought a couple of USB flash drives but according to the enclosed instructions my OS, Windows ME, is not supported. Strangely Windows 98SE is supported.I have contacted the companys support and they say it "might work on some Windows ME" . Some Windows ME What does this mean?????

Answer:USB Flash Drives

I think what they are saying is they don't know, but plug it in and try it.I use Linux and there is usually nothing mentioned about Linux support, but I haven't found a flash drive that doesn't work yet.

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Dear all i need a solution for PCI Flash Memory i can not repair this i have a windows xp and i'm new at this can some one help please

Geobob73
 

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Hi


Can you explain more as to your issue as Flash Memory is hardwired and if faulty is likely not easy to repair, unless you mean that the data on your Flash Drive is corrupt?

In which case amybe a data recovery application may help, try Recuva, but do remember to save the recovered data to a Hard Drive or CDRW and do not save back to the Flash Drive as you can overwrite data you're about to recover.

But the more info you can give on your issue the better as I have just guessitmated above.
 

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Looking low priced Flash Drives to be used as a give away to 100 area youth. They do not need to be high capacity (64-256). The lowest prices I have seen $9.99 at office max.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
 

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With the prices so low for higher capacity drives, it's going to be tough to even find 64MB drives. If you do, they'll probably be as much as a 512MB drive. With the portable software, music, and videos available, even young kids are going to want more than 64MB for it to be useful.

http://www.customusb.com/
http://www.supermediastore.com/usb-flash-drive-usb-pen-drive.html
 

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This months PC Advisor included an article about security issues with USB ports and drives. I'm afraid it went over my head. I use several of these drives to store folders in My Documents plus a few images and articles downloaded from the Internet. Am I at risk or was the article aimed at people that are on large Networks? How can my USB ports be attacked?

Answer:USB Flash Drives

Your safe, as an idividual you should not neeed to worry, unless your data is critical, sensitive or classified.

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What is the difference between using a regular flash drive with stand-alone apps and using a U3-compatible flash drive with U3 apps?
 

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Win 7 doesn't see any USB flash drives. Check in disk management - not showing up there either.

AND........

If I switch HDDs & revert to XP - same thing. No usb flash drives appear. And in control panel > disk management they do not appear as unassigned also.
 

Answer:No USB flash drives ??

Do other USB devices work? Did they ever?
 

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Hi Guys, I am getting ready to move to another residence and have talked to C.S Representative at one of the leading Computer and accessory suppliers.I am interested in Backing Up about 120 Bookmarks or Favorites I have in FireFox,about about 600 Videos stored in Real Player 11.0 Free Version and Videos I have Stored in Folders in my E-MAIL.Also about 100-150 Pictures,ScreenSavers,Desktop Themes,etc I have.Then finally about 300-400 E-Mails I need to keep.So I had a 8 GB Flasdrive brought to my attention to back this Stuff up.First of all I am using an E-Machine Desktop W3052 with Windows XP SP3 and maybe some SP2 still being used.I do not know if I am going to need a USB Flashdrive Card Reader and I have not a clue as to which would be my best,simpliest way to go as far as buying the 8MB USB Flashdrive or if that's my best route.I am not very knowledgeable about these these things or if and how they would work to Back-Up my Data I want to keep.I know how to Copy and Paste and Drag and Drop but a little bit of Instructions with the 8.0 USB Flashdrive would not have hurt.I would have preferred and External Hard Drive but I do not have 80-110.00 to spend on one.I would be very grateful if somebody could help tell me the Best,Easiest,Simpliest System to use to go about this and maybe a little Instruction on how to do it.I do not know if my Computer needs or has a Card Reader,Flash Drive Unit or what.I would truly appreciate any help you folks could give me. God bless ! ... Read more

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Need some advice on Flash Drives (FDs). I have a need for 128mb FD but find a large range in prices. $11.99 to well over $50. Can't really see much difference in specs so why such a large variations in price. Any ideas welcome.
 

Answer:Flash Drives

Mostly competition which is driving prices down on many hardware items. I paid close to $35 for a 128 mg flash drive a year ago and now it's a 1/3rd the cost.

Almost any will work fine. Get the cheapest as their simplistic in operation. All you do is plug it into a USB port and Windows Explorer shows a "removable drive". Very handy.

Have a good day!

jnulr
 

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i have a new flash drives and when i try to save anything to it it says write protected how do i remove this
 

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Can someone please recommend some good brands please?

tia
 

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Why are USB flash drives not compatible with NT and is there any work around?
 

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I got myself one of these 256 GB Flash Drives on Amazon & I was just wondering what peoples personal thoughts on flash drives over like 16 GB were, the only reason I bought this thing is cuz it was like 70 bucks or something like that.

Below is a link to the information & all on the Flash Drive I bought.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ils?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1290273328&sr=8-1&seller=

What is the real difference between having a small external HD of 250 GB or having this 256 GB Flash Drive ?
 

Answer:256 GB Flash Drives

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<----- New Guy :::bows:::

I have the worst luck with these things. I pride myself on my broad knowledge of computer hw & sw but this stuff just burns me up.

Why is it that my jump drives always corrupt my files. It drives me insane. Thus far I have owned a very flashy (pun intended) Cruzer Titanium 1gb and TWO (took one back recently) GeekSquad 1gb flash drives. Whenever I put files on these drives they almost invariably come back corrupt when I (later) attempt to open them.

Am I alone in this netherworld of un-productive flash media?

~String

Answer:Flash Drives

USB drives are like hard drives.

Make sure you format it to the proper file system.
Most USB drives automatically come formatted, i guess you got a bad one!

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I know I'm off topic, but still. Will a flash drive work normal if you install Linux on it?
I'm about to install Linux on a flash drive but just wanted to know if you can still use it as a normal flash drive.

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Hello all

I am new to these forums and my question may sound a bit odd.

I have a 512mb mp3 player / flash drive. I have a program that is about 218mb in size that i would like to back up to my drive on a regular basis i.e. everday. I thought that when i bought my drive i would only need to t'fer the prgram once to it then when i wanted to backup it would only update changed files. But xp and all not liking me it doesnt it expects me to sit there and selcet no to every file i dont want to update. The folder hase around 1000 files + do it takes way to much time for me to do that......... Any help i would like it to only update the changed files or even maybee auto back up. btw the porgram is dos based.

Thanks for any help

Answer:Flash drives

Just find the files that you need to backup and write an autoexecuting file that automaticly copies those files. You might have to do some writing but youd only have to do it once.
There is probably another way of doing it.. I think if you use Microsofts backup utility you can specify the files that it should automaticly update, not 100% sure on that tho.

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I have a 2 Gig flash drive, as it was getting rather full I copied most of the data files to a dvd, no problem there. Then I deleted those files from the flash drive. However I deleted them before I checked the dvd had burnt properly, fortunately it had. My question is, that I noticed the files were not moved to the recycle bin on my C drive and so if the dvd burn had failed they were not listed there for recovery. Are deleted files deleted direct from the flash drive without windows being able to recover them before being overwritten or would I have needed the use of a file recovery program to do this.I do have 3 different programs that will do it but was surprised to find that they were not thrown into the recycle bin first.

Answer:USB Flash/pen drives

Removable drives re not allocated a recovery bin or recycler by windows , to recover files you would need third party software.

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HI,I have been looking for a tutorial on flash drives and how to use them.
What i would like to do is put malware,anti-virus and such on a flash drive so that it is usable anywhere,also on one the posts i ran across said to disable the
autorun feature as that brings  along little gremlins with it,but the post was from 2009 so i did not want run it and disable autorun and end up losing PC in the end by disabling something that has unintended causes to it.
My PC is a DELL E521,XP PRO,SP3,3.0Ghz,4GIGS RAM with a 2nd HDD IDE installed any input would be appreciated,thanks

Answer:flash drives

How to Use a USB Flash DriveThis topic explains autorun and disabling that feature: Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention of Malware InfectionYou can place any stand-alone security application on a usb drive and run it from that location. Programs like Malwarebytes require installation so they cannot be run from the flash drive.

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I have been using USB flash drives for quite a few years for copying and playing music in MP3 format. Can anybody tell me whether some flash drives are more suitable for music than others? I like to put as many albums as I can and play back the tracks in random order. However I find that the more tracks I put on the less likely that the device (stereo) I'm playing them on is able to recognise them all. Something to do with memory I've heard said. I'm also finding that again the device that I'm playing them on doesn't always play them all back in random order. What I mean is it seems to select tracks that it's already played recently, still randomly, but the same one's I've heard the previous time I used it. When there's several hundred tracks on the drive you'd think that wouldn't hear the same one again for quite A while.  Unless you're a "music head" like I am you may not understand what I'm saying.Also I've always wondered whether it's advantageous to sync the music via Windows Media Player? I often just copy it direct from my computer to the drive. Hope I haven't said too much     

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My friend brought down her flash drive the other day.....and it gave my computer a Trojan Horse virus. It disabled my Task Manager and kept popping up the Windows No Disk message.

I was due for a new computer.....and went and bought one yesterday.

What I'm worried about is......I plugged my flash drive into my old computer before I realized that I had a virus. I have all of my files for my online selling on this flash drive.

Is it safe to plug it into my new computer?

Is there a safe way to check it for viruses?

Should I go into my old computer and burn the files onto a disk? Is that safer?

Thanks for the help!

Peace Trees and Honeybees
Trish
 

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Buying a new computer was an unnecessarily extreme move. The virus could have either been removed or, at worst, Windows reinstalled. I certainly hope this virus wasn't the only reason you made this move.

You need to have anti-virus software installed on the new computer. It probably came with at least a trial version of something. When you connect your flash drive, scan it for viruses. If there are any, they'll be removed. That may take your files out as well. There's no way to know in advance.

The virus is in the files. Burning them to CD doesn't render the virus inactive. Files are files.
 

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i need to know were i can find a flash drive more than 10gb etc........
 

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were can i find a flash drive either in atlanta,ga or the internet which can hold more than 10g
 

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  How do I go about cleaning up a Flash Drive to reuse it?

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A simple format of the flash drive should be good enough for a clean up. Some flash drives are unable to be formatted such as those you might get as electronic promotional media or system recovery drives from HP etc where they are designed to write once and never be written to again ( basically only be used for the intended original purpose and then be throw aways ). Are you unable to format it?

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Not sure what is the correct description. I am thinking of buying an Imation 1GB drive, but am unclear as to whether software is required.Previously, I was told it was not required - just plug into the USB port and go. However, the Imation site states "management software available from Imation". Is this essential software? If it is, it is a non-starter as I do not download anything to my PC.

Answer:Pen/Flash Drives

Generally, these devices do not need additional software. Windows recognizes them as a removeable storage device and allocates a new drive letter (at least that has been my experience and we use hundreds of them at my workplace).

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Looking for very inexpensive flash drives for a non-profit give away. Will buy in bulk. Looking to spend $5.00 or less...

128k or 256k or 512k
 

Answer:Flash Drives

Flash drive sizes are measured in megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB). "k" stands for kilobytes, and there are no drives that small.

Have you searched for deals on bulk drives? Contacted any retailers? I doubt you'll find drives as small as 128MB. Maybe 256MB.
 

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Hello Everybody,
Can anybody tell me is there are any type of flash drive other than USB

Answer:Flash Drives

I don't think so. What did you have in mind.

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Hello frnds i have a strange problem, i have a 4 GB Transcend and other 1 GB ordinary pen drives they used to work properly b4 but now they stopped showing up in my computer. Transcend is just 1 Month old and other drive(memorex) is 3 yrs old. I thougt there is some virus in my system and formatted my system, but no use and tried them in other system that too no use. If the problem is with pen drives then how cum with both, one is just 1 month old. Plz help me to solve this mystery :-o
 

Answer:Flash Drives help

Have you tried them on a rear USB port? Sometimes that works when the front USB port doesn't.
 

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I have a flash drive that worked fine yesterday.  Today I put it in the USB port and nothing happens.  No error message, but no sign of the drive in Windows Explorer either.  Tried it in both USB ports, same result.  However, another flash drive works fine in both ports.  The problem flash drive works fine in another computer.  So my laptop is fine, the flash drive is fine, these two items just don't like each other any more.  But they used to, that's the frustrating part.  This laptop has occassionally done this to other flash drives, only to have them start working again.  It makes me reluctant to trust flash drives at all.  Any thoughts?  Is there something else to do to force the laptop to recognize that there is a flash drive in the USB port.

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Hi.Welcome to forum Leon-4_.Troubleshooting USB connectionsUSB Device TroubleshootingFind and fix problems with devices and hardware Regards.Press the icon""to say thanks, Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem.  





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I have a Windows 98 and just recently got a MP3 player that also works as my flash drive, but I don't have a compatible driver. I need a driver that will work with a 1GB Phillips. I need it to play emulators.
 

Answer:Flash Drives

You will need to go to the manufactuer's website to get a win 98 driver.
 

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I've got three different (but identical, to look at them) MicroSDHC thumb drives. When I tried them in my new Win 7 PC, it assigned a different drive letter and description to each, under Devices with Removable Storage. Even though "Hide empty drives in the computer folder" is checked in my Folder Options, it's not working -- they're still listed under Computer, grayed out. Worse, when I fire up Windows Explorer, it occasionally (but not consistently) gives me a series of errors about the drives not being available -- and this continues to happen even after I uninstall them in Device Manager.

Are there some tricks to getting Win7 to play nice with flash drives?
 

Answer:Win 7 and flash drives

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Does anyone out there have experience of these - good, bad, indifferent, problems, optimum size, reliability, uses made, good/ bad brands?

Answer:USB Flash Drives

If you are using win me/2k/xp, then they are wonderful devices for transferring files between machines - 64mb seems to be the best value in terms of cost/effectiveness ratio. Bigger files can justify being burned to a CD - as I see it at least. If using Win98 you will probably need to load some drivers to the machine before it is recognised, and Win95 has poor (non-existent?) support for USB.

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Hi Boy's & Girls,call me dummie if you want??I have just bought a 128MB 2.0 flash drive.USB.The instuctions say that XP users dont have to put in the driver cd that came with it, so I did'nt. On tray it say's it's ok to use, but when I try to copy to it nothing appears ??What am I doing wrong?? Please help.Thanks in advance. Bly

Answer:Flash Drives??

I know this might sound obvious but havr you checked on "my Computer" that this has been recognised as an external drive?

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I'm thinking of buying one of these drives. Can anyone advise on the reliability/stability of them and which are the best to go for. Thanks

Answer:USB Pen/Flash Drives

There are many to choose from this is only 1 example click here

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