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O drive taken by Network drive and flash drive can't be used

Question: O drive taken by Network drive and flash drive can't be used

I am using Compaq Presario SR1520NX.

My O is drive taken by Network drive whever I login and use wd2go.com and usb flash drive can't be used.

But when I disconnect from O network drive, by re-booting the p.c. and then plugin usb it shows up as O drive.

My question is can I re-assign my usb flash drive to a different letter so both
usb and network drive can be used ?

If so, what should I do ?

Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: O drive taken by Network drive and flash drive can't be used

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Answer: O drive taken by Network drive and flash drive can't be used

With the USB drive connected open Disk Management

Right Click on the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths

You should then be able to assign the drive a letter that is not in use.

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My office workstation running Windows XP Pro is connected to the corporate network (Active Directory) so that I have storage space on the server. When I plug in a USB flash drive (any make), it takes over my network home directory drive letter. I can reassign the flash drive via disk management, but that is a pain, as I use flash drives a lot. Is there any way to prevent this from happening? Our tech does not have a solution. It does not appear to be a problem on any other workstations on the system.
 

Answer:Solved: Flash drive takes over network drive

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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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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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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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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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Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:

http://www.techspot.com/community/t...e-old-usb-storage-drivers.145884/#post-875300

Andy
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the fre... Read more

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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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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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We recently purchased 10 Dell Optiplex 5040 desktops.   On one of them I built a Windows 7 32 bit configuration.  I wished to capture an image of it using Ghost and save it on an external drive.  The USB stick that I used has been used successfully many times on a variety of machines. 
 
When I boot from this USB it boots successfully to X:\Windows\System32 and then I can navigate to D: as the local drive.  When I try to navigate to E: the message is “the device is not ready”.   When I try to navigate to F: the message is “the system cannot find the drive specified”.
 
I have tried using all of the USB ports on the machine with the same result.
 
When the machine is booted into Windows it does recognize and read the USB stick.  The disk administrator identifies it as 'healthy' with an active partition. The file format of the USB and the machine being imaged is NTFS.
 
I had downloaded all of the drivers for this computer using the Dell website’s Dell Detect program.  The BIOS settings are the default settings. 
 
I have tested this on the other new Dell Optiplex 5040 desktops right out of the box with exactly the same result.
 
All of the DELL diagnostic tests have normal results – whether run from the machine itself or the Dell website.
 
Are there any known problems/fixes that apply to this situation?

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Hi,
I have a USB flash drive that the Media Creation Tool messed up when it was formatting it to create installation media.
Ive worked out how to fix the flash drive. I just have to use disk management to create a new simple volume on it, I then have no option but to assign the flash drive with a drive letter, and format it to Fat32 and the flash drive is recognised again in windows.
The question I have is. It appears that the drive letter I give it then becomes a static drive letter.
I don't really want it to be static. Id rather put it back to the way it was when I bought the USB flash drive so that Windows assigns the drive letter dynamically every time its inserted into the PC. Is there a way of doing this or When you create a new simple volume does the drive letter have to be static?
My PC only has Drive C: (operating system and D: (DVD drive). The removable USB flash drive when inserted has always been Drive E: I have a few flash drives that I use and Id like windows to just assign them all dynamically if its possible. Ive never had this issue before...its just this one USB drive that the Media Creation Tool messed up..the others are fine. I just want to put this USB back to its defaults..as it was when I purchased it if possible
Thanks

Answer:USB flash drive --assign drive letter back to dynamic from static

You might try what @Bree posted yesterday.

Windows 10 Not "Seeing" my USB Stick
Ken

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My computer no longer recognizes the cd drive/burner on my dektop PC, and I think the problem is related to a removeable USB flash drive.

It's a really old Compaq Presario with an added cd burner(drive d now), and the original cd rom(drive e). My PNY usb flash drive installed some software(drivers I think) when I 1st ran it, and shows up as drive f.

Worked fine a couple of times, but then the lights went out on the cd burner(drive d), it would not open, and it didn't even show up on "My Computer" either.

Searched on internet awhile, and read something about a flash drive problem, so I removed the flash drive from the USB slot, restarted the computer, and both cd drives re-appeared, and worked fine, as long as I removed the flash drive, and turned computer off after burning cd. But I forgot, and left it on for several hours, and now even when I remove the flash drive, and restart computer the 2 cd drives don't show up on "my computer". The cd rom(drive e) light comes on, and will open, but the burner(drive d) light is off, and will not open. Neither drive registers on "My Computer". The flash drive still reads as drive f, even with no drive d, or e.(lol)

Suggestions anyone?
Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Computer no longer recognizes cd drive - think problem is related to USB flash drive

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Hello,

I have an issue, I have not have before. I am running XP pro SP3 with all updates installed. I use AVG free for everyday protection, with a router configured as a firewall, as well as the standard Win firewall. I also use Windows Defender, Windows malicious software removal too, I was using LiveOne Care, but it no longer exists. I also use Malwarebytes free version regularly and RUBotted.

So here is the issue. I was at a work conference and took my flash drive to transfer my presentation to the laptop that is used for the projector in auditorium. Got it back, threw it in my purse and never thought anything more about it. Today I started to transfer another presentation to the flash drive and wala, AVG pops up with "threat detected, move files to virus vault?" The message initially said: Recycler.exe. So of course I click yes to transfer to virus vault. It appears the file is in my virus vault. I then ran AVG on the flash drive and it came up with another virus CNN and sent it to the virus vault as well. I then ran malwarebytes, AVG, Windows Defender, as well as BitDefender online. I tried to use Kapersky as well, but it appears it is being updated and not available. All came up clean.

So, I am thinking the problem is taken care of. So I set up AVG to run on the flashdrive again on and it says "no infection found". But when I try to access the flash drive as usual, it said K:access denied (that is my USB drive). HMMMM now what? So I check the dri... 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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my new motherboard came capable of booting up from a USB flash drive/cdrom/HDD etc...

my last one apparently also had it but it was kinda half ***** still so i left the floppy there.

so does the flash drive finally replacing floppy disk drive as far as features and being acessible and bootable in bios and dos?

i got a gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L motherboard and treres an option in the boot menu for flashdrive.

i had to use the floppy to recover from my system not booting up into windows in the past and dont want to get stuck without any access to the system if something happends.

and also i made a customized image of my windows disk with latest graphic drivers and all the rest of them using NLITE.

but could not figure out how to make a bootable flashdrive.
i just extracted the image to flash drive and it wouldnt boot.

i went around google for a lil bit and found few different methods of doing it.

can anyoen suggest which method os the easiest and most reliable out of them?

Answer:can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

My mobo doesn't even have a connector for a floppy disk drive. I use a flash drive to flash my bios, but I have a usb floppy drive if I happen to need one.

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After Transferring file from Seagate External drive to flash drive 16G. (Verbatim)

I can't remove hardware device on Verbatim Flash drive to remove it.

Even after I close all the files, folders and programs in my computer.
It won't say "safe to remove device".

I have to switch off the computer to remove the flash drive.

Is this normal or what ?

If not what can be the problem ? I can fix ?

Is it safe to remove device even if I can't disable the usb flash drive ?
I closed all the files, fodlers and programs before I remove.

Thanks.

Answer:Transferring file from Seagate External drive to flash drive

The computer may still be saving data to the Flash. Or it is caught in ROM. If your certain the transfer is complete, you can pull the drive. You may want to do a Check Disk on the Flash Drive to make sure it is in good order.

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I have a similar problem to a question asked in 2011- mine is on an Acer Veriton without optical drive. So I followed the advice there and changed the SATA BIOS from AHCI to Native IDE. The result of that was that I never go as far as the select partition screen - just the BSOD!I reset the BIOS and got the same result. So now I can't get anything to work on installing XP - yuck!The BSOD gave advice to use CHKDSK /f but as I don't have anything yet installed, I have no way of doing it. Now I have an unusable PC, thanks to WinToFlash.Tony

Answer:Fail to install from flash drive; setup says drive corrupted

Can't comment on that old post unless you give a link - no idea how you found it. Maybe it (or your hardware) was not similar enough."I reset the BIOS"Do you mean you put the settings back to the way you found them or did you do a BIOS reset?Please provide the model number of your computer.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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Basically, I want to use my usb flash drive or daemon tools to burn music and then rip into lossless formats. I tried optical storage, but has not given good results lately despite the fact the cd-rw is new. With USB drive, it is a u3 flash drive 1gb from sandisk. And I have daemon tools lite on windows 7. All I know is the main idea is to have one of the two(if possible) be passed as a cd burner. The only problem is, I do not know how to do that, and any help is appreciated.

Answer:usb flash drive OR a daemon tools virtual drive to use as a cd burner.

Hi Pheonix220. Welcome .

Daemon Tools is a disk emulator, which means that it will create 'images' or ISOs from a CD or other source and can then "mount" it so that it appears to be a physical drive on your system.

I'm not sure exactly what your goal is, but I find it unlikely that Daemon Tools will be of use unless you want to creae ISOs of music for mounting and playing?

If you are more specific about what your needs are, perhaps we can be more helpful.

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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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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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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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Is it overkill to create both a USB Recovery drive and a bootable flash drive to install Win10?

HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 320 GB HDD. 4/8 GB RAM
I recently revitalized my friends HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 4 GB RAM and it's running very well. I 'm wondering about creating both a USB recovery drive and a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 per
Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials .
Is that overkill?

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I had a problem with my windows. When ever I plug in my Flash drive (i got a few: kingston data traveller 1gig, pendrive 128mb,etc) onto my usb port. Window will be able to detect the drive had been plug in. I can see the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the right side of my task bar. But i cannot see the drive appearing in "My Computer". If I double click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and try to view the external drive information, I can see that its already detected and being assign with drive E: . Even if I open a windows explorer and type in E:\ , it will throw me an error "Cannot find 'file:///E:/'. Make sure the path or Internet address is correct". But if I were to restart my computer, then i can see it for the first time. If I disconnect it (thru the "Safely Remove Hardware") and plug it back in (or plug another flash drive), I cant see the external drive. Causing I had to restart my computer multiple time a day . Can anyone help me on this?
 

Answer:Windows XP Sp2 - My Computer doesnt show flash drive drive

I would be tempted to reload the motherboard chipset drivers. They control the USB I/O and if they are just the default WIndows ones, they may not be 100% OK with the specific motherboard hardware.
 

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Hello, We have purchased a Lenovo G40 Notebook with Windows 8.1. I have successfully made a Recovery Drive to a USB flash drive, and it does run when accessed from Windows.By this I refer to the procedure which commences with:Pointing your mouse upper right side corner, or lower right side, and accessing the USB device from the:?Use a device? dialog box, by clicking: ?EFI USB Device?.Then the: ?Choose the language? dialog box, is displayed.(If the device is not connected, an error message is instead here displayed!) What I would like to know please, is how I can boot from this USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it (through the above method) using Windows. I know how to access the "UEFI" (formerly called the BIOS) in order to see the boot order, but can find no method for changing the boot order. When I turn on the notebook with the Recovery Drive attached, the machine ignores it and boots to Windows. How I can boot from the USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it using Windows? Regards. Robert333 

Answer:How to access Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive if Windows 8.1 should not be accessible?

Hello and welcome,
 
Are you using the novo button to get to the boot menu?  If you don't see the recovery drive there try turning off secure boot.
 
If it is shown in the menu can you arrow up or down and select it?
 
Z.

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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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Each time I plug my 4GB USB flash drive, I get the message below:"You need to format the disk in the drive G: before you can us it.Do you want to format it?"I have important files in the flash drive and would be greatful for any help.

Answer:Flash drive error: You need to format the disk in the drive

Try a file recovery program, such as recuva at piriform.com

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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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My flash drive wouldn't load. On investigation I saw that it was not on the usual drive letter (G). I googled the problem and tried to change the drive in disk management but the letter G was missing from the drop down list. What else can I do?

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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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I just noticed my computer doing this today, i don't think its done it before.. anyway every time i insert my flash drive its a different drive letter, going in order. Like it went from N to O to P to Q.. Why won't it just use the same one (first available) each time? I've gone into disk management and set a drive letter but it doesn't stick, when I reinsert the drive its different again. It seems like windows doesn't want to recognize that this is the same drive, so each time it thinks its a new device.

Answer:Different drive letter each time i insert my flash drive.

Do you remove is safely (using the icon in the system tray that looks like a oblique shot of a card with an arrow pointing down and left?)

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I have same problem like  PCuser32
 
When when I try open DVD drive from My computer I have message Please insert a disk into drive
despite I have DVD in the drive
When when I try open USB flash drive I have message like this:The disk is not formatted Do you want to format it now? Yes No
despite USB flash drive working on other compute
 
here is a log
Sorry becouse of my bad english
thx a lot
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16686  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.25.2
Run by Dusko at 17:48:47 on 2013-09-20
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.2038.831 [GMT 2:00]
.
AV: AVG Internet Security 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {0E9420C4-06B3-7FA0-3AB1-6E49CB52ECD9}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *Disabled/Outdated* {9BC38DF1-3CCA-732D-A930-C1CA5F20A4B0}
SP: AVG Internet Security 2014 *Enabled/Updated* {B5F5C120-2089-702E-0001-553BB0D5A664}
FW: AVG Internet Security 2014 *Enabled* {36AFA1E1-4CDC-7EF8-11EE-C77C3581ABA2}
.
============== Running Processes ================
.
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG2014\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\WLANExt.exe
C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe
C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
C:\xampp\apache\bin\httpd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodata Limited Share... Read more

Answer:Virus or something else block access to DVD drive and USB flash drive.

Anybody?

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This has happened before, then went a way after a while and several restarts. Now it's back.

My Computer (aka "This PC"), under "Devices and Drives", does not show my SD card that is inserted, though I can navigate to it by manually typing H:\. I also can find it my using File Explorer to look at the Desktop (but ONLY if I navigate by starting at This PC and then going up to the Desktop), where it appears with an icon like it's an external drive (it's built into my laptop).

Meanwhile, certainly related to the same root cause, my D drive, which is encrypted as a Bitlocked drive, is missing the lock icon. Before this issue, upon a fresh computer start, I could see the lock closed, double-click it, and it would prompt for the password. Now, it shows no lock, and double-click simply results in a pop-up saying the drive cannot be accessed or something. I can, however, right-click on it, manage bitlocker, and get to the prompt that way to unlock it. Once unlocked, it does not show the unlocked lock icon either. Pic attached.

What's going on? Can anyone help?

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I have tried installing Anti-virus software on a flash drive. However, the Avti-virus will only run from the flash drive on the machine that I installed it from. Indicating a registry association.I need anti-virus software that will run from a flash drive on any machine running windows. Preferably, not bloatware like McAfee. Anybody know of any?
Thanks for help. PS. McAfee won't
 

Answer:I need Anti-Virus that will run from a Flash drive aka: Thumb drive

Stinger.exe will run from a flash drive an will seek out and find most of the more recent worms and viruses. You can find it here:

http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

I would think for any full fledged av program you could put the exe. file on the flash drive and then install it on most any computer. Such programs as Avast, Antivir, and AVG should work in that manner.
 

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Hi,
If your USB flash drive has data on it...Is it better to format the USB flash drive manually in windows (right click and format) before using the Windows Media Creation Tool to create the Windows 10 Bootable USB flash drive installation media?
I realise that the Media Creation Tool formats the drive but I'm wondering if you guys format the drive to empty it first. I did but I wasn't sure if it was necessary or not. I chose FAT32 and default allocation unit size

Answer:Format drive before creating a bootable USB flash drive?

No need to format twice specially when it's fast format which actually doesn't replace any data on the drive. It's about same as ordinary file deletion if format isn't changed.

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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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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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I am using win XP. I bought a generic flash drive and it worked well for two days. Now, my computer shows it as a removable drive, but when I try to access it, it asks me to insert a disc into it!!

Also, when I click properties - it shows there is no capacity on the flash drive. I am a beginner with computers, I would appreciate some help in layman terms. Thank you.
 

Answer:My Computer thinks my flash drive is a floppy drive! Help!

Did your Flash come with any software? Xp is obviously confused as to exactly what the drive is .
It may be that the drive is full. Try formatting it .Right click on the drive in My Computer.
If there is a Web page for the Drive see if they have drivers for it .Download the file.

Often you can plug the drive in and go to Device Manager . there you can uninstall the drive by right clicking on it and uninstall.Then reboot with the drive left in.Xp will try to install drivers when you get back to Desktop.Cancel that and use the Hardware Wizard to search for the drivers .Here you choose the device from the lists that are offered to you. That of course is if your drive is listed.
 

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I'm in the process of moving to an SSD and need to create a backup drive in order to repair the BIOS after transferring everything. However, when I try to create one - the create a recovery drive program won't recognize the flash drive I have connected as a flash drive.

I first tried with a SanDisk Cruzer which apparently had a quirk in that it shows up as a hard drive instead of removable flash drive. That seems to be well documented on forums all over the place and there is no fix.

So, I purchased a cheap 8 GB stick (no brand) and Windows (I'm running 8.1 x64) recognizes it as a removable disk. However, the create a backup utility still won't recognize it. I've found some random fixes that have worked for some (such as plugging it into a different USB port) but nothing has worked for me so far. I've tried doing it with the "copy the recovery partition" option both checked and unchecked.

If there's no solution to this wonderful "quirk" of Windows, then is there something else I can do to repair BIOS? Seems like there's not a fix to my problem out there...

EDIT
So as of right now, I tried using HPs recovery software which seems to do the same thing as copying over your entire recovery partition. That didn't work either. However..when I had both USB sticks plugged in the Windows supplied utility recognized the SanDisk Cruzer when I checked the "copy the partition" thing...so this might be solved.

Answer:Create a recovery drive won't recognize flash drive

You might save yourself a lot of aggravation by down loading a free copy of Macrium Reflect, you can make a Disk Image that can be restored to any drive it will fit on. or just copy/clone to your SSD. just make sure your current drive doesn't have more data than will fit on the SSD, Reflect will adjust the C: partition size

The recovery USB needs to work they are not created equal if Reflect doesn't recognize it get another one that will. I can't help you with the other program you are using Reflect is known to work for everyone.

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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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Hey guys; I'm not too great with computers but was a bit surprised when my 32gb decided to just stop working. Its registering in disk management, but the "Change letter and drive paths" is in grey when i right click removable E-drive.

Furthermore, it also apparently lacks all my media plus it registers with 0 gbs capacity, reserved space, and allocated space according to right-click properties.

Answer:Flash Drive Invisible; Can't Reassign Drive Letter

Well, they do go bad for unknown reasons, you can't format it or anything?

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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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Virus block access to DVD drive and USB flash driveXP PRO SP2 updated to SP3HP desktop computercpu intel e2140When when I try open DVD drive from My computer I have message Please insert a disk into drive despite I have DVD in the driveWhen when I try open USB flash drive I have message like this: The disk is not formatted Do you want to format it now? Yes Nodespite USB flash drive working on other computerWhen I boot from cd-rom Windows PE the DVD drive and usb flash drive working fine no problemsSo far I run rkill, ComboFix found many items, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware full scan found 8 items, Microsoft Security Essentials full scan found 1 item, after all cleaning same problem I try run XP in Diagnostic Startup from Msconfig but still no access to DVD drive and USB flash drive.I appreciate any help

Answer:Virus block access to DVD drive and USB flash drive

Hello,You will need to Download and Run DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log..If for some reason you cannot perform a step, move on to the next.Please follow this guide. go and do steps 6 thru 8 ,, Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help . Then go here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs ,click New Topic,give it a relevant Title and post that complete log.Let me know if it went OK.

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I would like to know how to password protect a USB Flash Drive. I know there are programs out there that password protect USB Flash Drives but I would like to know which is the "best" or most recommended. Thank you.
 

Answer:USB Flash Drive, How to Password Protect USB Flash Drive

I haven't used this but thought I'd mention it in case you want to take a look at their website. It's called Folder Lock.
 

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I would like to transfer all of the files on 1 flash drive to another flash drive. Dragging them takes too long. Is there a quicker way to transfer the files?

Answer:Transferring data from 1 flash drive to another flash drive

There really isn't another way to copy them. They have to physically read from one device and write on another. Depending on size of files and how many, it can indeed take a while. The only thing that would speed up the process is if you had USB 3.0 drives. I assume you are using 2.0.

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Had to reinstall XP on my wifes HP desktop. All went well except when you click on my computer.  C: drive is ok but D: drive (internal) shows up as a flash or jump drive. Plus it wants to scan D everytime windows boots up.  I did not format the drive before the reinstall, just replaced the copy of Windows on c.  Its a single sata drive the I partictioned the last time I changed out the hard drive.

Answer:Internal drive showing up as a flash drive

This is a desktop with two internal SATA drives? What is the model number of the HP?

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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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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 just got a new/used Acer Aspire One laptop. The OS on the Acer and my home computer (a Gateway laptop) is Win 7 Home 32 bit. A Cruzer 4gb USB flash drive came with the Acer laptop.
The USB flash drive has been split up. 3.73gb's is on the original (drive letter G) and 97meg's is on a virtual drive (drive letter F). According to Win 7 computer management. The virtual drive on the USB stick is locked. Every attempt to dump the virtual drive and make the hole USB flash drive 4gb's with 1 drive letter have hit a dead end. I can reformat the 3.73gb on the original drive letter G but the virtual drive F remains read only. And I don't need the prog stored there anyways.
 

Answer:re: how to del a locked virtual drive on a usb flash drive

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My flash drive has worked many times, but now is being recognized under drive E. It will ask me to insert a disk into the drive. How do I recovery my documents on this flash drive?

Thank you in advance!
 

Answer:Flash drive asking to insert disk into drive E

First verify you are not starting the computer with the flash drive inserted. PC may be trying to boot from disk depending on BIOS settings.

Depending on your OS (not mentioned in your post) with flash drive inserted.
Click Start -> My computer -> Computer management -> disk management. Right Click on removable drive partition and change the drive letter to something else ( Not X).

Unfortunately Its most likely your flash drive has failed. They do that.
 

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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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I'm using an old hp d330 and I wanna put software on there with a flash drive and it always says drive not found cancel try again etc and it doesn't go away so I do a system restore so the message stops popping up.

Answer:Everytime I put in a flash drive and take it out it says drive not found

what do you do to get the drive not found message? does the drive show inb my computer?

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i recently recieved a promotional usb flash drive (128mb) from volvo and i hoped to format it and use it for myself since otherwise i would just toss it, but a large majority of the space is formatted to show up as a cd drive to play their promo video. i checked around and didn't find an obvious solution so i was hoping that i could post here to get some suggestions on how i could completely reformat the drive and if its even possible. i appreciate any help.

Answer:part of flash usb drive formatted as cd drive?

i never have any luck reformatting promotional stuff. its anoying. thats the only reason i pick it up in the forst place.....

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I was just thinking the other day it'd be nice to not have my drives start from c:\ but rather from a:\
Some older apps i work with (why i don't know) require any a:\ drive to load bootable files etc and having a flash as a:\ (even for ReadyBoost) would be kinda usefull!

if anyone can suggest how i could do this (windows partition manager only allows you to start with c:\ even if you have the controller disabled...)

Thanks!
 

Answer:POINT OF INTERESTP: how to set a flash drive as drive a:\ or b:\

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Hi. I'm having malware issues which have turned into hardware issues. Fortunately, my USB ports still work so I'm trying to recover as much as I can before I may have to erase my hard drive.

I'm ignorant on flash drives vs zip drives. I'm also on a budget.

What I want to do it get as many of my documents and pics, email etc. saved to an external place (zip/flash drive). My "C" and "D" drives are about ten gigs combined. (yes old system).

What are my options? I'd also like to use it for back up once I hopefully get my situation resolved. Thanks for any all help/advice! -fisher_girl (catch and release).
 

Answer:Flash drive vs zip drive help for computer recovery, please

10 GB of data is not that much. You can just buy a flash drive with 16GB and save all your personal files on it. -
Here are a few models: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=flash+drive&N=-1&isNodeId=1 , which you can order online.
Alternatively, you can just go to your local supermarket, and buy one. They are not that expensive.

A ZIP drive is not a choice here, as it's capacity is very limited.
Wikipedia said:

The Zip drive is a medium-capacity removable disk storage system that was introduced by Iomega in late 1994. Originally, Zip disks launched with capacities of 100 MB, but later versions increased this to first 250 MB and then 750 MB.

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_driveClick to expand...
 

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Hello,

I have built a new computer using a Hero VIII motherboard and installed Windows 7 Pro 64bit (OEM) onto a SM951 M2 drive.
Computer spec:-
Asus Hero VIII Motherboard,
Intel 6700K
16 Gbyte Ram
Samsung SM951 M2 drive for OS
2 off Asus DRW-24F1MT drives
2 off Seagate 2TByte HD's
Sandisk 256GByte SSD
Asus GTX960 Graphics Card

Windows was installed from one of the DVD's them using a modified installation disc created with the Asus EZInstaller and appeared to install OK. Windows installed in UEFI mode (disc partition GPT).

Now I am starting to install software but have hit a problem when installing fron a CD or DVD - installing from a USB drive works OK.

When I insert a DVD or a CD to install any programs the drive LED light flashes for a moment, but Autoplay does not run.

NOTE: Autoplay does run OK when a USB drive is inserted or even when a USB 2TByte external disc drive is inserted - it just does not work when a CD or DVD is inserted in the drive.

Now here's the strange thing....

Selecting "Computer" from start menu or opening Disc Management while a DVD is inserted will get the drive running and autoplay will open.
The same applies to music CD's - they will not start Media player until either "Computer" or Disc Management is opened.

Also, perhaps even stranger, inserting a USB drive while a DVD or CD is in the drive will get the DVD drive running and autuplay will open - actually 2 instances of it open - one for the USB drive and one for... Read more

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I have just successfully created a Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive on a 32GB USB Flash Drive, but I cannot get it to boot, I have an Acer All-in-One with 3 USB 2 and 2 USB 3, does it matter which one I use, and do I have to change anything in the BIOS - can anybody help me please!

Answer:8.1 Recovery Drive on a 32GB USB Flash Drive

Have a look here, Acer Support.

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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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When i plug my usb flash drive into my duel boot laptop it is assigned the letter (f) in vista and (g) in XP. on my desktop it is assigned (m). Is there any way of picking a letter for example (Z) and making the flash drive come up as (Z) on any computer it is plugged into?

Answer:usb flash drive. can i change the drive (letter)

You can try click here which you will need to run on each computer that the drive might be plugged into. I'm pretty sure that you will have to plug into the same USB port for this to 'stick'.

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It has no problem if I used a usb1.1 flash drive. However, when I tried a usb2.0 flash drive, there is no drive letter appearing in Windows Explorer.

I am running XP Pro with SP1. My colleague has a PC with the same hardware configuration and I had no problem plugging the usb2.0 flash drive in his machine.

Device manager did show the usb2.0 flash drive when I plugged it in the usb port.

Any idea?
 

Answer:XP Pro SP1 won't assign a drive letter to usb 2.0 flash drive

For grins can you try changing the drive letter in device manager while it's plugged into a USB 2.0 port?
 

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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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I used my scan disk 2.0 GB on another computer and the computer gave me a message "USB Device not recognized.  Device may have malfunctioned."  Now when I insert my scan disk, I receive this message on every computer I use.  My office tech guy told me that the other computer fried by flash drive but there may be a way to retrieve my files on my scan disk.  Are there recovery programs?  Where can I find them and how much do they cost?    

Answer:USB Drive Not Recognized - Flash Drive Recovery

Doubtful if it's ruined and not even recognizedbut have a look:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=free+data+recovery+software

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When when I try open DVD drive from My computer I have message Please insert a disk into drive
despite I have DVD in the drive
When when I try open USB flash drive I have message like this:The disk is not formatted Do you want to format it now? Yes No
and then windows 7 show me error ''windows was unable to complete the format''
despite USB flash drive working on other computer same problem is with the Sd cards.
 
Previous MRL topic:   http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/508424/virus-or-something-else-block-access-to-dvd-drive-and-usb-flash-drive/page-2
 
:Please help, I do not know what to do anymore.
Sorry because of my bad english.

Answer:Blocked Access, DVD drive and USB flash drive

Please download Minitollbox from here. And save to your desktop.
 
Run it and select following options:
List last 10 event viewer errors
List Installed programs
List Devices >>> Problem only
List Users, partitions and memory size
List Minidump files
List Restore points
Then click GO and wait, the logfile will open, copy all its contents and paste in your next reply.
 
Thank you.

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Hello,

I have built a new computer using a Hero VIII motherboard and installed Windows 7 Pro 64bit (OEM) onto a SM951 M2 drive.
Computer spec:-
Asus Hero VIII Motherboard,
Intel 6700K
16 Gbyte Ram
Samsung SM951 M2 drive for OS
2 off Asus DRW-24F1MT drives
2 off Seagate 2TByte HD's
Sandisk 256GByte SSD
Asus GTX960 Graphics Card

Windows was installed from one of the DVD's them using a modified installation disc created with the Asus EZInstaller and appeared to install OK. Windows installed in UEFI mode (disc partition GPT).

Now I am starting to install software but have hit a problem when installing fron a CD or DVD - installing from a USB drive works OK.

When I insert a DVD or a CD to install any programs the drive LED light flashes for a moment, but Autoplay does not run.

NOTE: Autoplay does run OK when a USB drive is inserted or even when a USB 2TByte external disc drive is inserted - it just does not work when a CD or DVD is inserted in the drive.

Now here's the strange thing....

Selecting "Computer" from start menu or opening Disc Management while a DVD is inserted will get the drive running and autoplay will open.
The same applies to music CD's - they will not start Media player until either "Computer" or Disc Management is opened.

Also, perhaps even stranger, inserting a USB drive while a DVD or CD is in the drive will get the DVD drive running and autuplay will open - actually 2 instances of it open - one for the USB drive and one for... Read more

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

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

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

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive?

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

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

Answer:Solved: Flash drive or hard drive

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I forgot my password to login to Windows. I always use the number keypad password when logging on, but now the only option is the password, which I forgot. IMy Gateway won't boot from the CDdrive or a flassh drive. I have changed the boot order in BIOS, but it goes from the hard drive anyway.

My metro apps were minimizing after 10 seconds or so. I saw a post that it could be amtivirus related, so I downloaded tools to remove the ones I had used the past year. Malwarebytes' uninstaller clean up progrm told me it needed to reboot in safe mode. I let it do so.

I only can press DEL for BIOS setup or F12. I don't have a way to change it out of safe mode.

The Metro app issue could be from a recent Windows update.

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Working on a friend's computer and there seems to be some kind of permissions issue with removable drives.
When I try to access the drive with a regular CD inserted, I just get the blank writable CD window. When I try to access a USB flash drive, I get an "access is denied" error. The icons for the removable drives are displayed with a red crossed out circle over them (see attached pic).

I tried using Microsoft's automatic fix for removing upper and lower filters but it failed, so I deleted them manually, but that didn't have any effect.

Any suggestions?

Answer:CD Drive /Flash Drive Inaccessable. Crossed Out.

Have you gone through Osiris's Guide on that PC? Could be something nasty stopping it. Other than that it is a permission issue. Are they the Admin of the PC or just a user?

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New user here! I have a Sandisk Cruzer Mini USB Flash Drive 128 MB, and my computer will not recognize it. I am on a network, have a CD-RW drive, DVD drive, Zip disk installed and my first network drive is F:\ Does anyone know if you can designate the drive letter to be used by a usb flash device? Or can I change the first letter of the network to a different letter? I am on Windows XP Pro.

Thanks in advance!

Rig.

 

Answer:Can I designate drive letter for USB Flash 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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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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Hello friends, I'm an advanced user, I have just cleanly installed Windows 7 RTM on my Compaq Presario CQ45-205AU laptop. Every thing worked fine including the driver which I downloaded from their website(Select software and drivers Compaq Presario CQ45-205AU Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (India - English)). But when I plugged in my USB pen drive (Kingston data traveler and Moser baer) it simply didn't detect it. Though in device manager it's listing them. When I plug them Windows says the driver for this device isn't properly installed. But when I open MY computer USB icon isn't there. These pen drives are working fine in my desktop PC in which Windows XP is installed. I guess Windows 7 has some driver problem regarding USB mass storage device that's why it's not installing that driver automatically for these drives. Are you folks also facing the same problem ? If not, then can you tell me some solution for it ?

Thanks

Answer:Help required, USB flash drive/Pen drive not working!

I have a 1gb Kingston Data Traveler, which works just fine with my copy of Win7. As far as an idea of usb mass storage driver problems? I have also a Simple Drive, which registers as a usb mass storage device as well, no problems there. Might be a problem with your install or something.

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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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Recovery drive won't allow me to use my 8 gb flash drive. It doesn't even recognize it. It will only recognize it when i uncheck the "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive. I'm assuming this is because unchecked needs 512mb and checked needs 8gb, but like I said I am using an 8gb flashdrive. Could it be because the full 8gb isn't available on the drive (only 7.45 gb is allocated) If so, can I make my flashdrive use its full 8gb? I've posted pictures below just in case you need more of an idea about what I'm talking about.

Answer:Recovery Drive Not Recognizing Flash Drive

You need a larger drive.






Now I'm Outta Here answered 9 months ago: My 8gb usb only shows as 7.45 gb? - Yahoo Answers

that's the way it works

true 8GB will be equal to 8,589,934,592 bytes
- that number comes from 1,024 x 1,024 x 1,024 x 8

but the storage industry decided to start ripping us off along time ago and changed the 1,024 down to 1,000
thus the new formula is 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,000 x 8 = 8,000,000,000 bytes

which after windows converts back to real GB you get aprox. 7.45GB

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Not sure if I've asked this right...but the issue is finding the file location for my flash drive. My computer only has 3 external USB ports. I have tried all of them, when the flash drive is plugged in somewhere on my computer it should indicate another drive location. I can't find anything....not sure where to look or if I'm looking in the right place. All that shows is c: drive & E: drive. The E: drive is exclusive for the OS system restore (can't be used; not accessible for anything else). The only other is the DVD drive. Nowhere can I find evidence of the flash drive plugged into the USB.
I have all the essential drivers & everything is up to date [I have a task scheduler & Driver updater software installed. All drivers are up to date. This is a new computer, only 2 months old].

I have gone into device manager & checked all the USB & composite serial bus controllers to make sure they are powered on (my computer has an energy saving management thing & it will possibly deactivate the hubs when not in use). According to the power management settings they are not set to "sleep" but all ports are active. I can't figure out why I can't find my drive, nothing is appearing when I have the flash drive plugged in. Please advise.

Answer:Flash drive connected to USB hub; where is drive located?

I found one method that works. Since acquiring my computer I've not bothered with the large SSD slot on side of flatscreen all-in-one monitor. I got thinking, I have a Bell micro-sd adapter, I wondered what would occur if I slipped the chip out of my thumbdrive adapter [which connects via a USB port/hub] put it in the larger adapter & then slid that into the SSD slot on the computer. PRESTO! The system automatically recognized it & opened it as a media device under :F drive. This may be the only way I can do photo & video stuff from my micro-SD memory card from here on out. But, I still think it doesn't explain WHY I can't do it the other way by using the thumb drive adapter that plugs into the USB. The computer should open up the flash drive...or if I had my Duracell memory stick inserted, the computer should recognize something is in the USB port & open that...but it's not. So, still in need of some answers. But for the interim I've found a satisfactory alternative.

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Greetings to all

By mistake i disabled my flasd drive... here is what i did...

at the task bar (the one at the bottom ---start -----) i right clicked the safely remove hardware and selected properties and device usage i disbaled.. since than i cant use this flash drive in this computer.. i can use other flash drive/thumb drive usb drive but the one which i disabled i cant use it and it wont recognise too.

Please help me to fix this problem. when i insert other flash drive/thumb drive my computer detects it but the one which i disabled wont detect. What should i do?

Highly apreciate your help

AneeLiyo
Bangkok
 

Answer:Flash Drive/Thumb Drive how to enable

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I have 2 Cd's in my system; one is a burner that is currently not working. When it worked it was drive E. When I plug in my new flash drive it is seen as E but quits working and drops off the system within a minute or two. I'm thinking I need to change something somewhere until I get my CD-R working again but am not sure where to do that. If it makes any difference, my CD player is drive D and I am running XP Home.
 

Answer:CD-R and Flash Drive share same drive letter

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I need to use my USB flash drive to set up my wireless network, to transfer files from one PC to another. The drive appears in my computer as a local drive rather than a removable one. That means that the network wizard (XP Home) doesn't list it as an option to transfer files. I think I am missing something obvious but can someone give me a nudge in the right direction?ThanksDon3002

Answer:USB Flash drive showing as local drive

I don't know how I did it, but it now appears as a removable drive. Thanks anyway.

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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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One of my usb flash drives Kingston 8GB is being detected as cd/dvd rom drive when i plugged in. The icon shows the remaining space available but when i click the icon, it asks me to insert disk, i could not explore the files, i could not access anymore. I checked the properties and it shows unknown file system. I remember a month ago that i have plugged it into my friends laptop which is running on Vista Home (im running XP Home) to copy some files  but it says "disk not formatted, format now, Yes or No?" of course i clicked no because i  have files saved already.  It appeared thrice and i kept on clicking no until the computer reinstalls another device driver which i thought normal and to my surprise it became an empty disk drive when i tried to click again the icon. I tried plugging it into another computer but still does the same. i tried rolling back the driver but nada. I tried using flash disinfector and anti virus but still doesn't work. i cannot reformat it either because it asks me to insert disk and the file is inaccessible. i could not return the product to the store because i bought it abroad and i already discarded the invoice . Gives me a headache really. Is this a virus or something? It strange because all of my flash drive is working very well and i'm afraid someday it would happen to all of them for the reason i don't know. . anyone please help. 

Answer:Flash drive recognized as disk drive

This drive has probably just become corrupted. you'll need to reformat it.

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Anyone out there that has actually used their Windows 10 USB Recovery Drive - did it work?
 

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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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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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My flash drive used to work perfectly. It had text documents saved onto it. Now when I insert my fash drive the light on it is solid green and the window to view files on it does not pop up. I go to my computer, and a new icon called mmc/sd appears instead of removable disk. When I click on it, it says please insert a disk into drive f. I have research papers for school on there that I need.
 

Answer:Thinks My Flash Drive is a MMC/SD Disk drive.

go to disk management in the control panel and assign the device NEVER save important data you cannot afford to lose on a solid state device.
 

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Win7 + Netgear Nighthawk AC1900

I have a flash drive plugged into my router. File explorer sees the flash drive a Network device. When I right click on the drive, properties to see space used/space remaining same displays 0's vs. what I would see if I did the same on a flash drive inserted directly to my machine.

Is there way to see the free/used space?

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For some crazy reason (I'm sure there is a good one) Canon Zoom browser, which is the download software for canon digicams, does not want anything to do with network drives.

I have bought an a75 for our service department to takes fotos of cars. They will probably take around 100 shots a day, and want to spend as little trouble as possible downloading them, so I setup the autodownload and date stamp feature in the software which works great. the only problem is, we cannot save to a network share. Why not use a mapped drive you say? well, you can't even do that. so.. I found a little prgram called "VDC" (Virtual Drive Creator) which creates a virtual drive. the zoom browser software CAN see this drive. problem is, VDC does not want to make a virtual drive out of a network share or a mapped drive. ARGH! lame. so, after a bit of digging, I found that VDC utilizes the SUBST dos command which basically does what I just explained. the command does work with network drives, but when you run it, the new drive appears as a mapped drive. no good for zoom browser. basically I'm in a bit of a pickle. I can map the my documents folder and save to it, but I'd rather not. any suggestions?
 

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I use Cobian Backup to produce a zip-file containing all files and folders, except for temporary-folders (I added an exclude-filter), of my system.

Before I can rely on this method, I need to find a way of restoring the 27 gb zip-file, which I store on a networked drive, easily.

Google-searches hasn't helped me yet, so I am trying out TSGF, warmly recommended to do so by a friend.

So: Is there an easy way of booting up a laptop with a formatted harddrive, be able to access a network-drive and extract all the contents of the networked zip-file to the hard drive?

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!
 

Answer:How to restore formatted hard drive from zip-file residing on network-drive

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This happens consistently. Once between 1 and 2 gigs has copied, I get the blue screen. I have tried copying in safe mode, using TeraCopy instead, nothing seems to work. This is the .dmp file:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/416073/121412-16068-01.dmp
 

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