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Possibility to use Nearly all memory on a flash drive/ hard drive?

Question: Possibility to use Nearly all memory on a flash drive/ hard drive?

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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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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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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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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Hello everyone, I have a HP Desktop P6130Y computer and it has been giving me trouble since day 1. I have fixed most of my problems, but I need reassurance on this next problem. I strongly believe my hard drive is failing. I have tried turning on the pc and it appears to have a boot hang issue. It just freezes up at the Starting Windows black screen on Windows 7.

With that being said, I have attempted to boot into safe mode and I am unable to do so, it just freezes after it loads up the drivers. I have also tried getting into the HP System Recovery but it just freezes.

Everything pretty much freezes up, so I decided to run the HP Diagnostic tool, I have found this error:

ERROR: BIOHD-8

ERROR: A smart test failed on the drive ST3750528A5 (9VPOF93G)


Does this mean my hard drive is failing? If so, what hard drive would be a good one to install? I was looking into a Western Digital 750GB 7200 RPM, 64mb Cached SATA drive. Thank you in advance, -Rolly32
 

Answer:Hard Drive Failure Possibility?

how old is the PC?
 

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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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After being attacked by several Trojans a couple of nights ago (which I mentioned in another thread), my security and personal information may be compromised as I speak, and it looks likely that I'll have format and re-install Windows XP on my laptop for the first time. This is my first time doing so for this CLEVO D900T, which is from circa-2005 and a hand-me-down from a family member. The thing is, I'm reading in this laptop's manual that in order to re-install WIndows XP, I'll be needing a USB floppy disk drive to install what appears to the drivers for the laptop's SATA drive. Thing is, I wasn't given a USB floppy drive by my family member, thus I don't have one. I was wondering, could I instead use a flash drive or flash memory (i.e microSD card) via the laptop's card reader to load the drivers? I'm not sure if in this case it'd be best if I just re-install or format and re-install.

Also, I'm trying to make it easier for me to get my laptop back to the way it is when and if I re-install. Is there any way I can get a list of all of the programs I have installed on my PC right now, or possibly carry over all of my programs and settings for the next install? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Answer:Laptop needs USB floppy drive to reinstall Win XP, can I use flash drive/memory instead?

Well, you are going to have problems... Sorry to say...

First off, most PCs with SATA drives will have an option in the BIOS to place it in IDE mode. This assures that Windows Setup will be able to detect it as a drive with the ability to be installed to.

As for USB drives, it all depends on your BIOS version and manufacturer. Toshiba for example, does not support ANY usb device unless it is made by their company. It sucks, yes, but i guess for more money for crappy products.

You can install the drivers to a flash drive, but you will also have to make a bootable image to that drive, and load your windows setup files, manually format and partition the drive, copy the files over, then start the setup process to do that. It is a huge hassle that I had to deal with on a Toshiba Portege 3500.

Backing up is a bit easier. You can use the built in windows backup software (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System tools> Backup) and make a complete backup to an external drive to restore after format. The problem is YOU WILL ALSO TRANSFER THE VIRUSES YOU HAVE!!!

If you use the file and settings transfer wizard, you can transfer most of your stuff, but you WILL HAVE TO REINSTALL A LOT OF YOUR SOFTWARE, as it will not transfer your registry entries.
Your best bet is to get an Antivirus/spyware removal tool (Such as www.superantispyware.com) and an anti MAlware software (such as Malwayebytes). This will clear most of your infections, and gives you more time ... Read more

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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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'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.

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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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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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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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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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 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 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?

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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First, sorry if I'm a little slow with some of this as I'm moderate with my computer knowledge.

Earlier today I had 517 gb of memory available in the C drive. I restarted my computer earlier today and once it restarted I saw I was down to 1.84 gb. I ran crap cleaner already and did a quick scan with malwarebytes but no answers.

I also noticed a new file listed named c:\END. When you open this with notepad it says "conduitok"

There also seems to be ads and a new toolbar listed in IE. Any ideas how to find out what the heck is going on here?

Thanks!

Answer:Hard Drive Memory disappearing and c:\END appearing in c drive

jffl29,

welcome to the forums. The c:\End you can right click and delete. I would run Malwarebytes (free edition) and adwcleaner.

Also look here

Remove toolbars in IE

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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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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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one day my 256 mb flash drive only stored 50 mb now. i already looked for hidden and system files.

Answer:flash drive less memory than before

Right click it in Explorer and select "Properties"...this will show a pie chart showing free and used space.

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Hi all! I have a problem with my memory stick. I bought it in USA and it worked OK. Now I am for the Holydays at Europe and tried to get some information from it on a computer here and a massage" USB device not recognized" popped up. Do you have any idea what is going on. I appreciate any help!!!!
 

Answer:flash memory drive (USB 2.0)

I'm not sure of what type of message you'd get, but is it possible that you dont have USB 2.0 on your computer? Maybe you have the older USB 1.1 version, or your memory stick could have been damaged.
 

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I'm kinda new to flash memory drive and my computer don't have support yet so I need help doing this.

I just brought the Flash memory drive and I don't know how to install it. All I did is to click on control panel, then add new hardware, then USB Disk 2.0. But when I try to install it or update driver. It says "Windows was unable to locate a driver for this device"

My first question is how do I install the Flash memory drive properly.

And second one is that if I do install it, how do I create another driver. I need a driver so I could save all my files onto a flash memory drive.

Answer:USB Flash Memory Drive

what operating system are you using? Window xp and Vista should recognize it and install the appropriate drivers for it when you plug it in.

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i have never used one of these memory sticks before...

can you take off data just as well as putting on data. is it re-usable, or once the data is on the stick its there forever ?

much appreciated
 

Answer:USB memory Flash drive

They work just like a floppy disk, just faster and more capacity in a much smaller package. Yes,they are rewritable. Some have password protection,file compression software and U3 software. And USB 2.0 is backwards compatible with USB 1.1.
 

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Hi all Merry Christmas, I have just got a new digital photo frame for Christmas and bought a flash memory usb so keep in the photo frame but when I placed it in my port nothing happens. It seemed to find it once as I had a new hardware icon flash up but I took it out as I had more photos to add to the pc before I used it. Then when I put it back it my computer beebs a green light comes on the memory stick but the green light then goes and nothing not a new memory fond icon or anything any ideas?

Thanks

Tara
 

Answer:Flash Memory 4GB USB DRIVE

Have you tried looking for it in computer?
Click start then computer and you should see what you have as drives, the flash drive should show up as USB device and the amount of space you have on it.
 

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Question: flash drive memory

hello, i heard with windows vista that youll be able to put a flash drive into a usb2.0 port and it can act as RAM, somehow, so this means i can basically get 4gb of ram for less then $100, SWEET!!, i live in reality so i know thats too good to be true, but i was just curious if anyone could tell me more on this subject, and not just redirect me to a website ive already looked at??? thanks!!.


also, this is not the case but lets pretend my computer has 512mb of ram, which is just enough for windows vista, im sure vista would run like crap with only 512mb but what if i plugged in a 2gb flash drive, would windows vista run like a champ then?

Answer:flash drive memory

well, in a nutshell, nope. 1st of all it only works with certain flash drives. they have to be high dollar, high speed flash drives, and then it doesn't use them for ram. what it does is writes the virtual ram page file to the flash drive, as these high speed flash drives have faster read/write times than a standard disk basked hard drive. so i'd still make sure you have at least 1gig ram before getting vista.

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So I have this 8 GB flash drive and I went to put some pictures on it. I had ten pics I wanted to put on that are fairly small in size and the memory stick would only take 4 of them. There is no way those pictures equal 8 GB...what to do? Why is this happening?
 

Answer:Flash drive not enough memory?

First of all... welcome to T/S!
You must have somethng else on that drive.
Are you the PC Administrator? Are you able to see hidden files?
My 4GB flash drive is "U3" so it has U3 software on it, but I still have close to 4GB on it.
To have pictures over 1GB n size isn't abnormal these days with the hi-res cameras around.
Open "my computer" and see what you truly have on there.
Were you getting any errors? If you post this info, it may help
 

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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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Just bought a pencil flash drive - great gadget !Small,simple,effective. But I have a niggle with it! On other machines I just plug it in and straight away there it is in both windows explorer and My Computer. Not so with my machine - to get it recognised I have first to open windows explorer then plug, unplug and then plug back in again and then it appears in windows explorer but NOT in My computer ! From then on I can use it ok but I realy would like to see it first time in both locations. (The other systems that work it fine are of similar spec.) Any suggestions ?

Answer:Flash Drive Memory pencil

What is your OS? It should be picked up via XP/ME/2k immediately.If your USB is via a hub it may also have a bearing on the problem

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Just bought a pencil flash drive - great gadget !Small,simple,effective. But I have a niggle with it! On other machines I just plug it in and straight away there it is in both windows explorer and My Computer. Not so with my machine - to get it recognised I have first to open windows explorer then plug, unplug and then plug back in again and then it appears in windows explorer but NOT in My computer ! From then on I can use it ok but I realy would like to see it first time in both locations. (The other systems that work it fine are of similar spec.) Any suggestions ?

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I have an elderly laptop (WinXP) that is very slow (lack of memory). I hardly ever need to use it as I normally use a desktop, so I don?t want to go to the expense of installing a lot of additional memory (suitable quantity & type of memory would be approx 82 from Crucial).I have small flash drives for transferring files, etc. I?ve never tried using them as additional memory, and they are too small to make any appreciable difference.But at the moment I could buy, for example, 8Gb memory in the form of a San Disk Flash drive for around 12. Can Flash drives really be used to provide extra memory ? and how much ? Is it the entire ?size? of the drive, or only a proportion of it. 8GB would be more than adequate ? 2GB would probably be sufficient. And how does using flash drive in this way square with the total amount of memory installed - or total amount that can be installed? Would welcome advice, please.

Answer:flash drive as extra memory?

XP cannot use flash drives as extra memory only extra storageVista and W7 can use Flash drives as more memory.XP 32bit is limited to 3.5G of memory anything more is wasted.Are you confusing memory with hard drive spaceMake and model of laptop?There are other ways to increase speed of a machine although extra memory is the easiest and fastest.

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I bought this 2 Gb flash drive on EBay & I was trying to put songs on the flash drive to transfer to another comp. Every time i get 424 mb it wont let my put any more songs in the drive, I get this error 0X800700052 . & I still have 1.54 Gb free memory. I tried formating the drive & it still did the same. Did I buy a bad drive or is there something i can do to fix my problem. If there is a fix explain it very slow to me I not a computer geek !!!

I also tried to transfer the songs I did get in the flash drive into the other computer & the other computer didnot recognize the flash drive. I give up any suggestions????
 

Answer:My 2 Gb Flash Drive Won't Hold Memory ????

You might need to update drivers for the usb ports on the computer that doesn't recognize it. as to the space left, I am not able to help you about that. Hopefully someone else will come in and help.
vicks
 

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Hello friends, my memory stick is dead! It is 2GB AXIS stick containing very important information. Unfortunately I don't have a backup. When I stick it in the USB port the PC does not pick it up. The green light on the little stick does not come on any more. It has been behaving this way on and off in the recent past but it appears it is finally dead! Any solution to this? How do I retrieve the information on that flash drive that I need so desparately? Please help.

Answer:Memory Stick/Flash drive

Most likly the pins have become unsoldered from the circuit board. This happens because of flexing as the stick is plugged/unplugged, it may be possible to take it apart and resolder the leads if you have s small fine tipped soldering iron.

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I bout two 256 MB PNY Attache flash drives...using Win98SE, so I downlaoded the drivers from PNY and installed them on both of our PCs. here is the glitch:

On my PC (modified Gateway PIII/512 RAM/120 GB C:, 40 MB D:, CD-ROM and a CD-RW) I can plug the thing in anytime and it shows a Removable Drive Z/no problem~

On the other PC (Athalon XP2000/128 RAM, 20 GB HDD, CD-ROM and a CD-RW), no matter what I name the falsh drive, I have to plug it in BEFORE power up or it doesn't see the drive!

Also, once I shut down, cold boot, etc. with the drive pligged in, Windoze drops one of the CD drives...it simply goes away.

Ideas?
 

Answer:Flash Memory Drive Glitch

I would have expected this problem to be the other way around but the word "modified" for the spec of the older machine, Dan. The only possible option has to be power - maybe the AMD machine needs a powered hub.
 

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My 8GB Kingston Data Traveler is missing 6.09 GB!

I used HDD regenerator to make a regenerating flash to repair an external drive, and i hadn't used it since. Now it tell me its only 1.91 GB in capacity , i formated it with device defaults and nothing it still remains the same.


Any thoughts or ideas on what could have happened?

Answer:memory missing from flash drive

Out of curiosity, where did you buy it?

If it's eBay, there's the possibility that the device is counterfeit - not actually a "Kingston Data Traveller" at all but instead a no-name device of dubious size and quality purposefully made to resemble a product from a known brand.

By some statistics, the majority of "branded" flash devices on eBay are actually fakes, though some are so good that the purchasers don't even realise because at least the size really does match what's printed on the packaging.

I have no idea whether that is really what's causing the disparity in your case but I thought I'd mention the possibility. I hope I'm wrong

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Really will appreciate assist from experienced user, or even referral to website wherein one can get specific detailed instructions on use.Bought on eBay auction and received without one word of instructions. Used mini CD disk to enter Win98SE driver, despite bewildering array of 70-odd folders, one more unintelligible than another. Now what? As the device has only 24k used, I assume Formatting unnecessary. Bur just how do I use it? For ex, after you've helped me get started, is it necessary to use Copy/Paste, or can file be Save As directly to E drive?Two other problems:If device in USB port at StartUp, only partial boot; no AOL or MSN icons. Cursor moves but unusable. Ctrl/Alt/Delete: Frequent Non-Response, and End Rask doesn't.   Look foward to a response! Cordially, RO

Answer:512mb Flash Memory USB 2.0 Pen Drive use

Quote...referral to website wherein one can get specific detailed instructions on use....Manufacturer of Pen Drive.

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Or a thumb drive, pen drive, memory stick.....I'd to find out which memory controller chip is inside a given flash drive by using software rather than by opening it up and looking (which might be an irreversibly destructive procedure)The idea is then use some other software to reprogram an already tampered with drive so that it reads the correct amount of memory available, not some vastly inflated quantity which isn't there.  e.g. to make a 'fake' 64GB drive into a 'good' 8GB driveMaybe this should be in hardware ?Anyone ?Dumb_Question9.June.2012Compaq Presario S5160UK DT261A(Celeron 2.7 GHz)MSI MS6577 v2.1 Xenon4 (not all v2.1's are the same !)1.5GB RAMNvidia GeForce 6200XP/SP3

Answer:Which memory controller is in a USB flash drive...

Maybe I should not have rushed in there....searching the internet has shown a number of leads worth pursuing:ChipGeniusUSBDeviewthere may be others; I haven't tried any of them yet.Dumb_Question9.June.2012Compaq Presario S5160UK DT261A(Celeron 2.7 GHz)MSI MS6577 v2.1 Xenon4 (not all v2.1's are the same !)1.5GB RAMNvidia GeForce 6200XP/SP3

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I have a 2g memory stick and a little 64k stick. My 2g works fine, but in the same usb port the 64k stick doesn't work (up til now worked fine recently). Light goes on on the stick and stays on instead of going off, and the stick nor the files show up as an active drive (like if it's just not there)? I've gone into devices and when I put the stick in it comes up and it says the driver is ok. I've also read some info about reformatting but have no idea if that will solve the problem, nor do I have any idea how to do that even if it will help? Is there any way to get this working to recover the files?

Appreciate any help....
 

Answer:Flash drive - memory stick

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I used my flash drive to boot up something
Then i just formatted it via right click>format

Then, the only selection was 250mb.. so i did it
It was 2GB.

What should I do?

Answer:Flash Drive Memory Decreased

Reformat the USB drive and set it to 2GB partition.

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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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Hi guys,Another problem I have recently encountered which has somewhat baffled me, I have a Sony Vaio FS115B Laptop and have been recently been getting a 'Hard Drive Space Low' message and warning me that unless I clear some space it will affect my pc's performance.I have cleared memory a few times and pretty soon the message comes back. I really don't have much saved on the hard drive, mainly just photos and some music.When I went onto 'My Computer' I noticed there was a C Drive as well as D drive.When I checked the properties on these is showed C Drive to have 13.3GB used space and 678MB free space. But D drive had 686MB used space and 34.2GB free space.Why isnt all the available space on the D drive being used?And how can I either set my pc to start using the D drive or move some stuff from C to D drive??Please help.Damian

Answer:Hard Drive Memory Low!! But what about C Drive??

"Why isnt all the available space on the D drive being used?"Because, presumably, you've chosen not to use it and loaded any new software onto C.You may wish to consider un-installing some programs from C and re-installing them on D.I would advise, however, to leave MS Office where it is (if you have it) but you may have other programs you can re-install onto D.You also say that you "have cleared memory a few times".What do you mean by this?Memory and available hard disk space are two completely different concepts.

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This device.i.e memory stick popularly called flash drive got problem,virus, and i tried to format it in d windows it refused to and i tried it in ms dos but i didnt get the command tone .i.e somthing like e:bla bla bla so,som1 help with the directory code

Answer:Formatting usb memory stick(flash drive) in dos

You need to be more specific. DOS does not read and writenUSB drivews.

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I've installed Win10 a few weeks ago. Today I plugged in my flash drive with the camera memory to transfer pix to computer but nothing happens. Is it b/c of the new Win10, or just another computer glitch.Thanks ever so much for any ideas.

Answer:plugged in flash drive w/ camera memory nothing happens W10

OK I now see where the confusion was. A "flash drive" is a memory device that plugs into a USB socket (it saves things by flashing its memory). What you are referring to is a "card reader" which plugs into a USB socket - it doesn't flash anything in its own right.What I have found is those card readers are not too reliable, although I accept it was working previously. I honestly can't think of anything useful to suggest apart from buying another one to see if that does any better. Just the same it would be interesting to try the card reader on another computer to see if it works on there.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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So I bought a Dane-Elec 4GB flash drive 6 months ago.. And the first thing I did was to test wether is capacity really was 4 gigs or not.. and it was.. I transfered 4 gigs of data onto it and back.. no problem there..

But now I tried to move a file of 3 gigs onto it and XP told me that there wasn't enough space!
I was like "WTF"

So I checked it, and now it sais that it only has 1,42GB available place!

I tried to format it, and nothing.. Still same amount of space!

What could have caused this? And how do I recover my missing space?
 

Answer:Solved: Missing memory on USB Flash Drive

Nevermind.. I forgot I've made some Linux partitions on it in the past.. That's why I couldn't get more space out of it in windows!
 

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I have 2 Kingston 16GB flash memory sticks. One of them (along with 9 other USB flash memory sticks I have) get mounted as drive G: by Windows. The other Kinsgton drive gets mounted as I:. In the past, both Kingston devices acted just like all my other USB flash memory drives, but I've obviously don't something to the one. I may have had it formatted as an NTFS drive, but I've reformatted it to FAT32. I've re-reformatted it using the "Restore device defaults". Nothing seems to help. As near as I can see its characteristics are identical to the other Kingston drive.

This is obviously not an earth-shaking problem, but I'd like to know what I've done, why Windows is reacting to whatever I've done, and whether it presages problems with this device.

And by the way, how does Windows decide what drive letter to assign to a USB drive? I know it picks a different letter for FAT32 and NTFS drives so there must be some sort of logic process going on.

Answer:Unusual behavior - USB flash memory drive

I know it picks a different letter for FAT32 and NTFS drives so there must be some sort of logic process going on



I've not noticed that to happen with all the USB Thumb/Flash drives, keep the drives formatted as they come. I have have noticed at times where the port involved has an effect on the drive lettering.

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I need help fellow members of MT please. Help me fix this.
 

Answer:Transcend flash drive memory shrunk to 590 MB from 29(32) GB. Need some help to fix it.

Try JetFlash Online Recovery

http://www.transcend-info.com/Support/Software-3/
 

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Hello!I have a problem whith my mp3 player.I have a Microdia 256 mb flash memory mp3 player.It has a utility called "Mp3 player disk tool" it has a option to encrypt the drive....this turns the drive into two partitions.One of which is encrypted, i know the password and everything but i want to merge the two partitions into 1, to get rid of the encrypted one.(the utility doesn't have this option, and it doesn't say anything about merging...).But i don't have a clue on how to do this.Can someone help me please?
 

Answer:How to merge 2 USB Drive (flash memory) partitions?

Try one of these programs...

http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/partitioneditors.shtml
 

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I can't get my front USB 2.0 ports to read my new SUPER FLASH USB 2.0 flash memory drive 256MB . The rear ports work fine and the front ones work fine with my D.Camera. O/S Windows XP Pro, MSI NForce K7N2 Delta-ILSR Motherboard.One port recognises the device and assigns a drive letter but dosen't read what is on it. The other port dosen't even recognise the device. I have uninstalled the ports through Windows but no difference. Any ideas PLEASE.

Answer:Front USB not reading Flash memory drive

It's possible that the front case mounted ports are not wired correctly to the USB2 spec (there should be extra shielding on the cable) - and that you USB controller is sensitive to this.The cable that go to the front ports - what do they look like?

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When I put a file on and then take it off, the memory STAYS lost. I deleted everything off my drive and my 16 gig flash drive is down to 12.5 gigs (It originally had 15.5)

How do I fix this?
 

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Subjects: Corrupted, Undeletable Files in Flash Drive and Unknown Used Memory

Hello. Windows XP Home SP2 in Toshiba laptop M45-S265.

I have been using PNY flash drive 512 MB with free backup program Karen's Replicator w/o problems for 3 months. Yesterday, after backup, while attempting defrag of flash drive, I received message that it had corrupt files and that I should CHKDSK. Scan for file/disk errors turned out nothing (although it completed 3 steps instead of the usual 2??). I then checked Flash drive w/ Windows Explorer and found out 2 of my folders had several corrupted files (unrecognizable names w/ symbols, punctuation marks, etc.) which would not open; on trying to delete these corrupted files: "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk" or "Cannot delete [unrecognizable file name]: The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect."

So, I deleted all other folders in E and all uncorrupted files in the 2 folders w/ corrupted files. Renamed folders "CORRUPT - DESKTOP" (1.38 MB) and "CORRUPT - Firefox SCRAPBOOK" (12.0 MB). I then recopied my important files from C drive into flash/E drive (totalling 132.9 MB). The total used memory in flash drive should read 146.28 MB (give or take) based on corrupt files plus backed up files from C drive but, instead, the used memory now reads 284 MB.

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Answer:Corrupted Files in Flash Drive & Unknown Used Memory

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hey guys., I have a 512Mb Lexar USB drive, and it claims 240MB is used even though there are no files on it. I ran defrag, scanned for errors and all of that jazz. I tried formatting it with Fat formatting and got an error that the drive cannot be formatted and to close all programs using the drive (there were none using it). I read the thread about problems with flash drives and how to format them, but I cannot find a single person i know who still has a W98 OS.


Thanks in advance for any help!

Bobby
 

Answer:No files on flash drive, half of memory used, formatting dosent work

So you are still using windows 98? You can try this is might work for you. I have never tried it on windows 98.

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/serveroptions/us/download/23839.html
 

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The Acer recovery manager will only let me make a recovery DVD drive and I want it on DVDs.
The selection to burn to DVDs is greyed out.
Is there a way to burn the data from the DVD drive to multiple DVDs.

Answer:Possibility of burning recovery data on DVD drive to DVDs

  
Quote: Originally Posted by philetus


The Acer recovery manager will only let me make a recovery DVD drive and I want it on DVDs.
The selection to burn to DVDs is greyed out.
Is there a way to burn the data from the DVD drive to multiple DVDs.


Confusion.

What exactly is a "recovery DVD drive"?

I know what DVDs are. I know what DVD drives are.

You say "burn the data from the DVD drive". More confusion. A DVD drive doesn't hold data. DVDs do.

What do you think you want to do?

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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Hello,I had one of mine Sharp HDTV and feel great. Just insert memory card or USB flash drive or USB portable hard disk, you can show larger-than life high resolution images, video clips and play MP3 music files on your HDTV.I order mine "HDMI 1080p Media Player" from Amazon and you can search them by ASIN: B0026MJ6VO from Amazon store. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026MJ6VO

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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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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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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 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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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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