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Q: USB thumb p en jump drives

Does anyone have any experience with USB thumb pen jump drives? I'm thinking of picking one up. I know you can hot swap with Windows 2000/XP put need a driver if you are going to use it with '98.

Any recommendations? Brand? 128m or 256mb, anything?

Thanks in Advance,
Jim

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Preferred Solution: USB thumb p en jump drives

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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

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I just recently built a new system running an Intel Q9550 quad core 8 GB of ram and Vista Home Premium x64. Everything works flawlessly except for connecting external hard drives and thumb drives through the usb port. I've tried multiple hard drives/thumb drives on multiple ports on the front and back with it working only once for the thumb drive. Usually Vista keeps sounding the device connect and device disconnect dongs for a few minutes and then every once in a while says the drive needs to be formatted, but the drives work fine on my Laptop that's running Vista Home Premium 32-bit. Is this a common problem with x64 or is there something wrong with my system?

thanx

A:USB hard drives/thumb drives to work

when I hook the usb thumb drive to the usb port on my printer, Vista recognizes it and lets me see the files on the drive, it also lets me copy a file to it but then freezes after it finishes copying (the copy window has a full progress bar and say "about 0 seconds remaining".

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

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

Thanks much!
Brian

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

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

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Hi, this is johnny666, just joined bc, i got lucky and the drwaing for SWP2009, now i have figure how to remove it.
I have tried to go into safe mode, i have downloaded malwarebytes,antispyware, on this pc i have (2)gb usb drive
that i got from samsung to correct sound problems on my hdtv, but it appears there is nothing on it,so can i reformatt
it and download malwarebytes on it and try remove SWP2009 from my infected pc.
I have looked on several sites on how to do this and so far all i have is when insert it into usb port i should be able to
double click it and i should get formatt message which i do not get,could it be that since usb drive came from samsung
that they set it up so it was only capable to do one that is upgrade my sould system,also when i go into task manager it
shows 100% useage and i get of the nice popups that come with it,thank's

A:usb thumb drives

Hi, try steps 1 thru 7 here. How to Format a Flash DriveI'd use NTFS in step 6

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I run Vista and found somekind of conflict in installing the driver on this platform for UMAX Astra Scanner#3400. Have been bombarded by various update driver programs...but none of them will tell me whether or not (after I buy their program)that their driver update will solve the one problem as stated above. Maybe nothing will work on the Vista Platform ???? Maybe it's just incompatable with that scanner??? I have been thinking about a USB thumb drive or stick drive and is there enough capacity on one of these stick drives to accommaadate a new platform and under which I may be able to install the driver for the scanner??? (which I have on a CD disk that came with the scanner.)
 

A:thumb drives ???

At the UMAX site there is no Vista driver listed for that model scanner.

http://www.umax.com/support/index.jsp
 

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Hi all. Anybody have any experience with these? I know there's a ton of 'em out there but I was just wondering how these stack up against the others.

Mike
 

A:Patriot thumb drives

The nice thing about buying from newegg is customer reviews of their products:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Subcategory=522&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=522&name=USB-Flash-Drives
 

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I have a thumb drive at work that isn't too long but it sticks out of the laptop and can be easily bent. Are there any slick designs that are low profile that won't bend and get broken?
 

A:Unbreakable Thumb Drives

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Over the past 3 days I have bought 3 thumb drives-- A Kinston and 2 SanDisks (all USB 2.0), and none of them work in known good ports, both 2.0 and 3.0. Just can't believe 3 out of 3 would be bad.


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8174 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 71680 MB, Free - 10654 MB; F: Total - 34997 MB, Free - 28289 MB; G: Total - 20991 MB, Free - 20597 MB; H: Total - 30719 MB, Free - 30012 MB; I: Total - 12197 MB, Free - 7632 MB; J: Total - 320484 MB, Free - 283520 MB; K: Total - 35839 MB, Free - 34437 MB; L: Total - 394910 MB, Free - 391243 MB; N: Total - 94295 MB, Free - 77165 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, DP67BG
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled
 

A:Solved: What's up with thumb drives?

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A few days ago I bought an 8gb flash drive, but when I tried it on my computer, it didn't seem to work properly. I was trying to transfer over a large file ( >2gb) and the first 1/3 of the file transferred in like 30 seconds, but then the speed dropped right down and it told me 3 hours remaining. I tried several other files and the same thing occurred. And yes, I remembered to format it to NTFS since it came FAT32.

Since I figured it was a problem with the thumb drive, I brought it back to the store to exchange it. The guy at the store decided to test it on his computer, and it seemed to be working fine. His computer was running XP and I'm running Windows 7 so maybe that's an issue somewhere? Anyways, he gave me a different model thumb drive since mine wasn't working for me.

The new one had the same issues. I even tried smaller files such as pictures, but it would take forever to copy. I even tried the drive on my dad's computer which is also running Windows 7, and it had the same problem. But his 512mb flash drive seemed to work fine on his computer.

I finally said screw it and just went and bought a SanDisk flash drive since the first one I bought was a refurbished one from a discount store. This one won't work properly either, and the package specifically mentions that it's compatible with Windows 7.

I've tried updating and then uninstalling/reinstalling all my usb drivers to no avail. I don't have a clue as to why these ... Read more

A:Problems with USB Thumb Drives

Not quite as bad as yours but I had similar problems with flash drives formatted NTFS. NTFS is slower by a very noticable amount. The only reason I can see to use NTFS on a flash drive is if you are going to store files larger than 4G.
 

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I have a brand new 16 gig thumb drive. I have a 6.19 gig video (mp4) file that runs 4 hours and 26 minutes. I am running Windows 7. Why does my system say that the file is too big for the drive? Thanks
 

A:Understanding thumb drives.

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i was told that these new thumbdrives were readyboost ready. come to find out they are not. they are also fat 32 file sys. is there a way to change them to ntfs and to put a ready boost app on them? i didnt see anywhere on the menu for me to re-format into ntfs. any help ?

A:new 32gb thumb drives

FAT32 is it, NTFS is still not the choice, check this out USB Flash Drive Comparison part 2 – FAT32 vs NTFS vs ExFAT

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I just quick formated one 8GB and a few 2GB thumb drives NTFS. They now each have 37.3MB of used space showing up under properties.
Really? 37MB for a file table? Is this common/normal?

They were originally FAT32 and had 0MB used space under properties.

A:Q about formatting USB Thumb Drives

Yeah that's about right. Think that's why most flash drives come preformatted with FAT32. Though with today's file/storage sizes 38 mbs is peanuts.

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I have several USB2 thumb drives all purchased in recent months.
All FAT 32

#1 has a defunct ISO file on it (copied from a download)
#2 has mixed media (mostly TXT files

I was about to recycle #1 by reformatting it, when I noticed Allocation Unit size:= 16 kilobytes
But #2 has Allocation Unit size:= 4096 bytes

I have never reformatted either #1 nor #2 ... so it leaves me perplexed
Two other thumb-drives purchased at the same time are also 4096 bytes

How might #1 have been changed from default 4096 bytes (4KB) to 16 KB by merely copying the ISO over. ?

What do range of various capacities represent in Formatting drives ?
What would be the best Allocation size be for mixed file types ? (txt, pdf, xls, doc, dll, exe, ini, mp3 ... etc)
Thank you

A:Formatting thumb drives

^ Does this answer your query?

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I do my work in the office on my desktop and would like to be able to save everything onto each of two thumb drives that I carry with me when I go to class. I use two thumb drives because some computers do not accept one of the thumb drives. Is there some way that I can make a folder on my desktop and automatically have that mirrored onto the 2 thumb drives?

A:Briefcase like utility for thumb drives?

Have you thought about using the cloud?

You can use Skydrive or Google Drive:

skydrive.live.com

drive.google.com

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I'm experiencing a USB device problem. I have two USB thumb drives of different brands that used to work. Now, if I plug them in (either front-side or back-side ports), the computer tones/beeps to let me know that it recognizes them, but neither drives auto-open nor are accessible via My Computer. I know for sure that the drives work, as they can be opened, explored, and formatted on other computers.

The device manager shows the Host Controllers and Root Hubs as working properly. I've looked for driver updates, uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers manually, uninstalled and allowed Windows to reinstall automatically on reboot, and I've tried disabling the 2.0 USB on BIOS and re-enabling it on reboot.

The Disk Manager shows the USB thumb drives. I've tried reformating them there, but a prompt informs me that is not possible because "the partition or volume is not enabled". Assigning drive names seems to do no good, and I can't disk-check for error either.

What bugs me is that the drives work on other computers. I would think it's a virus of some sort, though that is improbable as I did a full scan and clean a few days ago.

Ideas?
 

A:USB thumb drives don't read anymore

We really need the brand and model of the computer or motherboard.
Setup error on your computer. You may have changed something accidentally while working elsewhere. If your USB ports work for printers, scanners, and other components, you need to do a reset somewhere. You have done everything correctly.
If you haven't done this, go to your BIOS at startup, and see if there is something disabled... There will likely be something on one of the BIOS screens that must be enabled.
Or go to the motherboard manufacturers web site, and scroll through the online manual for that motherboard.
 

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Anyone here know the details of how the military lost secrets recently by infected thumb drives? I would like to know if Norton, et al has all the details so that I can be sure that when I scan my thumb drives (and CDs) that they really are clean.

My point here is to actually find out what the military did with those infected thumb drives--were they all trashed, or was there a way to disinfect them?

I am pretty sure that I have a couple of thumb drives, ones that have very important information on them, that open the door to some intruder.
I keep a long list of symptoms of this intrusion that are not with me at the moment, so I won't go into all the weird paranoid woman details, but it includes things such as,
--on a newly nuked and burned hard drive (Free [email protected] write to 0s, long format reinstall of XPPro) the Windows Firewall says it's working fine, but if you look at the event logs, you will see a warning that Windows Firewall is NOT working
--In the WMI Control (I THINK that's what you call it), before I connect to the net for the first time, I find 48 DCOM apps that all appear to be things that are intended to collect and send everything that happens on my computer to some server somewhere, and when I look at other people's new computers there's nothing like that. Once I open that area and look at those things, whether I remove them or not, I am never able to get back in to see whether those applications are baaaaack. That is, until I nuke ... Read more

A:Dirty thumb drives in the military?

Not sure if this is want you're referring to by Dirty Thumb drives ..
But do you have a Sony Finger print reader thumb drive ??
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/use_a_sony_usb_fingerprint_reader_and_thumbdrive_get_a_rootkit_free

I'm not sure the malware scanners can catch a rootkit.

And welcome to the TSG forum.
 

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Hello
I have a Vista XPS 410. Since I bought it, every thumb drive I own (6 of them) bring on the blue screen of death. I plug them in (even brand new out of the packaging) , and it crashes every time. Similar thing happens with all three of my ipods. If my ipod is plugged in, and then I run itunes, it crashes. But if itunes is running first,then I plug in my ipod, it is fine. Unless I hit the "sync" button after and it crashes again. As for the thumb drives, they work fine in my laptops and work pc's. I plug in other usb devices like external hard drives, wacom tablets, etc and no problem. Even if I plug in my external usb hub, and put in the thumb drive, it crashes. U3 thumb drives dont crash right away. It is after I put in my password and it is accessing the info that it goes down. Yet if I boot up my pc with the thumb drive already in: no problem.
I have been on with Dell numerous times and no help. I have updated all the drivers, the bios, and installed sp1. SP1 did not stop the crashes, it just changed the error message. It went from the "irql-less-not equal" or something like that to a completely different one Does anyone have any other ideas I can try out?
p.s. This has happened since I first got it, before installing most of the usb devices I own, so it doesnt look to be a conflict.
Thanks
 

A:Vista hates my thumb drives

It sounds as though the motherboard/usb drivers have not been installed (properly).
 

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I recently got a new Laptop with Vista Home Premium. (Other specs about my system are in the link next to my username, it's the Acer Laptop.)

Whenever I insert a USB Thumb drive, the computer recognizes that a removable media has been inserted, but no window appears, and I cannot access the drive from the "Computer" folder. I use SanDisk drives with U3 software on them, which is not Vista compatible. (At least not until I find an XP computer to update them on.)

I was able to use them previously, but I think I only inserted it once, and haven't been able to use it since. Other things go weird after I try to use the drive. It will not recognize the drive has been removed, and Vista will not shut down properly afterwards.

This is pretty annoying as I use Thumb drives a lot, any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Vista problem with USB Thumb drives.

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Ok.I have a 4gb and a 2gb thumb drive.Have a 5.5gb game I want to D/L.Can both thumb drives be used and,if so,how?Will it mess up the download?Then,put it(from both thumbs) onto a laptop?
 

A:Solved: DL games on Thumb drives

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When I connect a thumb device, my computer says that I need to format to work with windows. When I connect my ipod it says that I need to restore my ipod to work and that it may be corrupt. (it will sync to another older version of itunes on a different computer) When I try to use my cd/dvd/rw it says that I need to format the drive to work with windows.
I have tried the suggestions at the Microsoft Support center, I have formated my ipod and reinstalled itunes I have stopped and restarted the devices.........nothing seems to help. Any suggestions??
 

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Went to transfer a newly built Access database file to another computer by way of a thumb drive (G on this system, an ACER XP with 4GB Ram) and got the message: "G not accessible, access is denied". I had used the thumb drive to transfer a preliminary test database the day before to the other machine just fine. The thumb drive seems to work OK in the other machine transferring files back and forth, etc. Also, now this machine won't recognize the CD drive. I run Kaspersky Internet Security and it reports no security threats detected.
 

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Hey guys, I'm so frustrated right now! These problems have been occurring since a month. I can't read any DVDs/CDs via DVD-ROM. My computer won't pick up any external-HDD, USB flash drives, nothing. This has been pissing me off since a month and I finally considered of reinstalling the Windows and I did just now, BUT THE PROBLEMS ARE STILL THERE?

Computer doesn't reads removable storages devices. Sometimes, they wouldn't even show up. The DVD-ROM says that 'please insert disk" while it's in there.
I've Windows 7 32-bit, which I just installed at the moment.
I guess it's a hardware problem but not exactly sure. Would you guys help? All these dvds/cds/flash-drivers/external-hdds are fine and work with my other systems.

Please help me out, I'm done with this.

A:Problems with Removable drives (thumb drivers/DVD-ROM, everything)

First of all, check that malware is not affecting your system. Download the free version of this;

Malwarebytes

Run a FULL scan, and if it finds anything post the log here.

Regards....Mike Connor

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I am running XP Media Center, I have tried plugging in the 2 thumb drives I have and neither gives me a drive. I have gone to the disk manager and it isn't assigning them a drive letter. I tried to assign it manually but it still will not show up in my computer. I have tried uninstalling the device and reinstalling it. I have tried enabling and disabling it. I have tried all of the ports on my laptop, along with one going thorugh a USB hub. Anymore suggestions?
 

A:Solved: USB Thumb Drives won't give me a drive

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Hi,

Trying to put some music on a flash drive, but I can only use 50% of the drive. Tried three different drives, all are over 1gig, but only can use abou 500mb if I'm lucky.

Any help would be great.
Cheers

 

A:Usb Flash Drive/Thumb drives problems

HP USB Disk Storage Format Utility
Http://downloads.pcworld.com/pub/new/utilities/peripherals/SP27608.exe

Will format any USB flash drive
It can be known to recover Flash drives that are un-responsive too.

Warning: This program will remove all contents of your USB flash drive
 

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Hi,
my Kingston Datatraveler 2gb usb flash drive and toshiba 1 gb flash drive have both stopped prompting for action when i insert them on my laptop ( i run windows XP home sp2). The drives are detected fine - i can see them in 'My Computer' and they show the 'Safely remove' button in the system tray, there is also no problem in transferring files. But both drives used to prompt for action till a couple of weeks back but now they don't! this is not a major problem but a slight annoyance as now each time i have to go to 'My Computer' to reach the drive and open the drive folders, instead of just choosing action from the prompt window that used to open earlier. this happens only on my comp, on others the prompt window comes up just fine.
i have gone to autoplay in drive properties and turned on the 'Prompt me each time to choose an action' option for all content types yet it's not working. can anyone help please..

A:Usb Thumb Drives No Longer Prompt For Action

sounds like you might have accidentally checked the box "perform this action every time" one of the times you stuck it in there. What happens if you try a different drive? Same thing?

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Hey, I have an interesting problem with SanDisk Cruzer Blade & Edge thumbdrives.

Whenever I put them in my computer, I get the sound that Windows has detected I have plugged something in, but nothing appears.

I go into Computer Management -> Disk Management and they aren't listed at all.

Explorer 'hangs' when I plug it in. If I plug another USB drive that I know works into the computer, there is no sound and nothing is recognised until I unplug the 'faulty' thumb drive.

When I unplug them, something flashes for an instant in My Computer and Windows makes the device removed sound.

This happens with multiple thumb drives... all SanDisk Cruzer Blade & Edge thumbdrives.

Here is the catch... They work perfectly fine in any other computer!

I suspect that as I have used a lot of thumbdrives in this laptop, is there now an overload of sandisk thumbdrives in the memory bank? Not sure if I am barking up the right tree or not.

I have attached a screenshot from my registry in case it sheds any light...

Thoughts?

(Thanks in advance)

A:USB Thumb Drives not recognised (not drive letter)

That overload does indeed have the potential to derail things.

Whether my recommendation below will resolve the problem or not , it is a good practice to periodically flush out the non-present devices eliminating the chance for Windows getting "confused".

So start now.

Download drivecleanup.zip v0.8.1. Drive Tools for Windows

Extract it to a folder named say DriveCleanup. You will have two folders Win32 and x64 each containing DriveCleanup.exe for 32bit and 64bit Windows respectively.

Remove all USB devices on your system (except KB/mouse) and then rightclick on the appropriate .exe for your bit version and Run as administrator

Once the cleanup is over reboot your system.


(Mine is a 32bit Windows)

Please do report whether your problem is solved.

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..what tools should I include on our thumb drives. Here's what I've been told to have so far:
Stinger
Spybot S&D
Malwarebytes
Treesize
Net Scan
Windows Easy Transfer Tool
Any others?
I'm in an office environment and the IT Managers have issued encrypted thumb drives to the IT Analysts.

A:IT issued us encrypted thumb drives... what tools should I have on it?

If your company issued you the drives, didn't they issue you the tools as well? Kinda odd to have them give you the hardware but then ask you to find the software yourselves.

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I'd like an icon to show up on the taskbar whenever I insert a USB thumbdrive. Then I can click this icon to safely eject the USB. I'm not talking about the notification area. I'm talking about the taskbar where open programs show their respective icons. How do I do this?

A:How do I get USB thumb drives to show a taskbar icon when inserted?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by jtodd929


I'd like an icon to show up on the taskbar whenever I insert a USB thumbdrive. Then I can click this icon to safely eject the USB. I'm not talking about the notification area. I'm talking about the taskbar where open programs show their respective icons. How do I do this?


Something like this?

Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut - Create

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I would like to have any usb thumb drive I insert into my desktop pc make an explorer window open automatically (to that drive of course). Is there a way to make this happen?

Thanks!

A:Need to make USB thumb drives open an explorer folder

I don't think Windows can do that, but this program can Desk Drive - Mike Ward I have used it in the past.

Jerry

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Gotta Dell Dimension 3000 here that can install and use external USB HD's but cannot find software/driver for any USB flash drives over 512MB... Nor can it recognize an 8gig iPod Nano. I have updated the Chipset via dell.com but still having no luck.

any assistance would be much appreciated

-Chaz

--- After many times of uninstalling and reinstalling what was found on the flash drives... FINALLY they stuck and I am able to open and use 3+ flash drives xD HOWEVER... The 8gig iPod Nano still will not reconginze in iTunes, so I uninstalled/reinstalled the driver and it seems to have no problem finding the driver but after it reinstalls I get Error 42 in the add new hardware window. I looked up the error via windows.com and found that there is already drivers/software installed for this device and there is a conflict between the old and new installation of it. Windows said to just Restart my machine and it should fix the issue... well... it hasn't. ALSO since the 2nd restart of this machine the 'add new hardware' box appears for the flash drives and the iPod now... I can still use the flash drives flawlessly but they still need more software to install but cannot find it... This is very odd >.< I guess I'm in need of advice on how to maybe fix Error 42 of the add new hardware box.

thanks!!!
Chaz

---- Still havent quite got this Error 42 figured out, but I did recive a blue screen with error - STOP: 0x0000008E and it had MxInsMon.sys in the erro... Read more

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My laptop, running Windows 7, suddenly started giving me an error message with code 10, and says "You need to format the disk before you can use it, do you want to format now", every time I insert a thumb drive or an SD ram card. When I go into disk management it shows that they are both "raw"n but when I insert them into my desktop running XP they read fine and disk management shows them as fat32. Why would Windows 7 suddenly start reading the fat32 thumb drives and SD ram cards as Raw? How can I get it to read them, as they read fine on other computers? I also have an external cdrom/dvd drive (because Windows 7 won't recognise the internal cdrom either), and also have an external hard drive that work fine.

A:Windows 7 stopped reading thumb drives and SD ram cards

This is a well known issue with thumb drives, somehow they get flagged dirty (E.g. if you yank them out without going through safely eject) prompting windows to scan them. Best to get the data on said drives backed up with the xp machine that can read them, then use the HP format utility to format them.

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

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Hey guys, need some help. I'm at work at the moment, and an issue has arisen that has bothered me before, but I had not had the need to follow up on it. Upon connecting any external hard-drive, my computer fails to acknowledge the drive in My Computer. Disk Management detects the presence of the hard drives, however they are not assigned a drive letter/path. Right-clicking the volume does not allow me to manually assign one (the option is grayed out).

In Control Panel (Devices and Printers) they are given generic names such as "Expansion" or "External HDD". In the Properties menu, information such as "Manufacturer" or "Model Number" or "Description" are apparently "unavailable". They claim to be working correctly.

This issue has affected all external hard drives I have used- a Seagate and a WD. I have attempted connecting them to both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports on my computer but to no avail.

A:No External HDDs Functional on Laptop (USB Thumb drives OK)

  
Quote: Originally Posted by francescocastel


Hey guys, need some help. I'm at work at the moment, and an issue has arisen that has bothered me before, but I had not had the need to follow up on it. Upon connecting any external hard-drive, my computer fails to acknowledge the drive in My Computer. Disk Management detects the presence of the hard drives, however they are not assigned a drive letter/path. Right-clicking the volume does not allow me to manually assign one (the option is grayed out).

In Control Panel (Devices and Printers) they are given generic names such as "Expansion" or "External HDD". In the Properties menu, information such as "Manufacturer" or "Model Number" or "Description" are apparently "unavailable". They claim to be working correctly.

This issue has affected all external hard drives I have used- a Seagate and a WD. I have attempted connecting them to both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports on my computer but to no avail.


You could try uninstalling the hard drive in device manager, unplug the external hard drive and plug it back in again to let windows find the drivers for it again; this might help as I had a similar issue once and this resolved it for me

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plugged in USB thumb drive opened windows explorer right clicked drive scan with windows defender and it said scanning pc but it never shows any options so I dont know if it scanned pc or usb for sure why or not

A:windows defender automatically scan thumb drives

It scans where the right-click is focused - in this case, the USB drive

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With the Holidays upon us I found 64 gb jump drives at Best Buy for 27 dollars each.
32 gb jump drives for 12 dollars and 16 gb drives for 6 dollars. I believe my current collection totals about a dozen Jump Drives...how many do you have?
 

A:Poll: How many USB jump drives ya got?

I have a Verbatim 465 gb flashdrive, 2 Cruzer micro 2gb flashdrives, a memorex 1 gb flashdrive & a couple smaller flashdrives of unknown name I think 640 mb.
 

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As per title really.  I have been able to log in using a PS2 keyboard and mouse, and the USB Root Hub driver is exclamation marked.I feel I need to provide some background information.  How I go about creating an image for a PC is basically building any new model fresh from the ground up.  Install Windows, install drivers, updates, and any relevent software that would go in a 'gold' image.  The PC is sysprepped, and that sysprepped hard disk is then imaged as a deployment image.  With the occasional workaround here and there pertaining to different models, this has worked just fine for us so far.  The sysprepped hard disk is imaged using clonezilla, then the image is distributed to our technicians for their portable hard drives.  This is a solution we have been using for years without too much headache until now.
We use this method of imaging because the images can be portable.  We have 85 sites over some fair distances, all of which means that bringing a PC back to HQ to be reimaged when required isn't particularly feasible.
On our 7020s, once we've cloned the image back onto the disk, when we get to the screen where it asks for our computer name (which woud be the asset tag of the PC in our case), I cannot move the mouse or type anything.  There is no indication of life from either peripheral or any life from my usb hard drive).I've tried creating a distribution share on the local drive and have the unattend.x... Read more

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I have 2 computers with the same problem. One is a new IBM the other is an older HP, both are desktops. Inserting a USB jump drive is acknowledged by a message that new hardware is seen and is ready to be used. This occurs no matter which USB port I plug the device into. Unfortunately I can't find the Jump drive in order to use it. There is no Jump drive seen in either "Device Manager" or "My Computer". Both computers are running Win XP SP2 and could see and use a USB drive until a couple of weeks ago. As far as I know nothing was changed. Also all the Jump Drives can be seen on any other computer except for the 2 in question.

I have tries several different Jump Drives. The same problem always occurs. Plugging in a different device ie: mouse or keyboard even an external floppy always work in any USB port. These "other" devices are seen in both "Device manager" and "My Computer" and work perfectly.

Any ideas or suggestions?
 

A:USB Jump Drives don't work in any USB Port

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The Opti USB ports will recognize Keyboard and Mouse and a wifi usb 2.0 plug in. not memory.
Makes me curious about order of installation for Intel Chipset Updates:
DRVR_Chipset_Intel_A400-CPNKY
DWA-171_fw_revA1_1-04b04_all_en_20141…
Infinst_autol
Intel_AMT-SOL—LMS_Ao2_R255438
Intel_AMT-HECI_A02_R255437
Both of my Updater programs list the above.
Is there a KB article on proper order of installation?
-wbajr tbc
The machine has recognized thumb drives installed to regular USB inputs. I'm doing something that wipes out the recognition and can't figure what it is. Have been to both Dell driver detect and Intel driver update.

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I have various jump drives and when I plug them in they bring up the box that searches for the drivers for the usb. Nothing is ever found and I cannot retrieve my information on the jump or flash drives. Please help me I really need my info and can't seem to get it. Do they have to be specific for vista? you plug them in and it doesn't even recognize it .
 

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My presenting problem is that I have two new Sandisk Cruzer Minis (1 GIG) and these came with some proprietary software that I may or may want to keep. The files are structured (that is they're saved) in a weird fashion. First, there's a small partition that all utilities agree is using CDFS file system (!?) - that's about 4 megs and some of the files there are hidden (the VOL name is U3 System). The "Properties" for that partition include it being a drive type of "CD/DVD Rom". Next is 2nd partition which looks (in Explorer) like any jump drive--even the "General" tab in "Properties" says it's file system is "FAT". However, under "Hardware" (still in "Properties") it says it's a CD/DVD drive.
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I want to reformat and play with one of these to see if I can get it to boot my PCs. However, if I can't or decided I'd rather return it to a virgin state I need to be able to "clone it back" to original specs. I'm flummoxed there. My trusty ol' Drive Image 2002 won't "see" any drives (it's not one drive or the other--neither appear). Thinking it's a limitation of the program I d/l a trial of Acronis' TrueImage 9.x Also tried a couple of freeware pkgs. All the same--none "see" a jump drive as another HD.
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A:Disk copying (clone) USB jump drives

Good Evening, that seems like a strange set-up on those flashdrives.
I have used many different types of drives for several years and found that odd extra partitions (usually passworded) on them were a massive nuisance so I cleaned them off and use simple straight drives.
I kept the software, so can reload if needed, but it seems I never will, even if it is loaded anyone can reformat the drive and the files are all lost anyway.

Have a look at this program, it is called Recovery Manager and is extremely useful for anyone using flashdrives.
http://vaiosoft.com/products/recoverymanager.html
You can use it to clean your drive.

There has been discussion on this site previously about booting windows programs from a flashdrive and some people have achieved it.
But it appears to be an interesting exercise, end of story!
This idea is restricted to one machine, so it is pretty pointless.

Windows is also more or less purposely designed to be booted from a a fixed point, obviously to maintain copyrighting integrity.
How can Bill charge for a portable system?

It is however, quite easy to load a Linux Operating System onto a flashdrive and have a good useable bootable arrangement which will really operate on different machines, independent of their device arrangements and architecture.
The boot priority is really the only problem, and there is work-around software for that.

But there are even simpler alternatives.

One is to use a bootable operating system on an open CD-R where i... Read more

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For example:
I pinned Excel to taskbar, when you right click it, you can see the Frequent list and pinned files list.
The problem is, When I drag files in my local disk to the icon, the files will be pinned to the jump list.
But when I drag a file from a network drive folder, e.g. P drive : \\server\folder . It just doesn't work
My OS is Window 7 Enterprise

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Before any criticism for a cross-post: After continuing to be frustrated by this issue along with lack of any replies, I believe this is likely an error in registy &/or permissions. Gut tells me the solution will be obvious to an experienced troubleshooter when you consider sentence 3: re having no issues mounting USB hard drives.

Issue is only on this PC, running XP SP3, as all my PC's do. Have latest Bios and all drivers are up to date. Plugging in a USB hard drive is no problem. Automatically mounts and when removed the drive letter is removed. Issue is only on inserting any of 4 different USB 2 thumb drives. Drive is immediately recognized and will appear in Device manager. However, I have to use Disk management to assign a drive letter. Then it will appear in Explorer, but will take a while to show up in My Computer. If I remove the drive and reinsert it, the assigned drive letter remains, but is no longer assigned when the drive is reinserted. Have to give it a different drive letter. After removing the dirve any number of times, all of the assigned drive letters remain unuseable, until I restart; at which time they are removed from My Computer. I have 3 other platforms, desktop and notebooks (none of which are Dell's). All run XP Pro SP3. Have never had this issue on any other PC running any version of XP. This isn't an issue with work desktop which is a Dell. I have gone through Group Policy editor with no luck. In TweakUI, I tried assigning autoplay to all rem... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Dell Latitude D820 Won't Mount USB Thumb Drives - Orig posted in Removeable

Reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925196 regarding needing to delete UpperFilters and LowerFilters of a particular key. In my case there was no LowerFilters value. The only app linked to deleted UpperFilters was phylock from Terabyte. Had to update to most current version anyway. Hope this helps someone.

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Bought 4 PNY 16GB USB thumb drives and every time I try to format them, the computer kicks back that they are write protected. Have tried ALL the solutions listed and explained in the 10 forums here, and nothing works to disable the write protection on my machine. Tried diskpart, Command Prompt, and Computer Configuration and nothing resolves my problem. BTW, there's no switch on these USB drives.
Anybody know of a fix?
My machine is Dell Optiplex 960 w/6 Gb memory.
Thanks for reading my post and possibly helping me,
73s

A:USB thumb flash drives are "write protected"

Hello kc4raf, and welcome to Ten Forums.

You might see if any of the options in the tutorial below may be able to help.

Disk Write Protection - Enable or Disable in Windows

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Hey all,

I have a 256MB and a 1 GB (New) Lexar Jump Drive Secure. When I plug them into my desktop computer on the front ports, I get the "USB Device not recognized" message. and goes on to say that the device has malfunctioned and Windows does not recognize it.

If I plug them into the rear ports, no problem.

When I plug either one of these into my Laptop, no problems, it recognizes both. Both systems use Windows XP Home, and both are updated with all the latest updates and service packs.

I have a 3rd Lexar (128MB) that I can use on any computer with no problem.

What gives?

Thanks,

Vince
 

A:"USB Device not recognized" with 2 different Lexar Jump Drives

I've moved you to the hardware forum for support on this. Are there any other devices plugged into the front ports?

You might check the Device Manager and under "System Devices" look at the USB Controllers. Check to see if they are working properly and look to see how much "bandwidth" is being consumed on both.
 

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Hi Everyone,I just learned of this term today "Browser Hijacking". I think that's what I have...where you click on a link and you get redirected to ad sites....correct me if I'm wrong please : ) I have tried Norton Internet Security 2008, Spysweeper and today HiJack This, but I see there is a log. If someone would tell me if any of this stuff is EVIL, I would be so appreciative. Here is what I have:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:54:30 PM, on 12/13/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Start... Read more

A:Jump, Jump, Redirect - Browser Hijacking?

Hello Nancy V,Welcome to Bleeping Computer You may want to print out these instructions for reference, since you will have to restart your computer during the fix.Please download FixWareout from one of these sites:http://downloads.subratam.org/Fixwareout.exehttp://download.bleepingcomputer.com/lonny/Fixwareout.exeSave it to your desktop and run it. Click Next, then Install, make sure "Run fixit" is checked and click Finish.The fix will begin; follow the prompts. You will be asked to reboot your computer; please do so. Your system may take longer than usual to load; this is normal.Once the desktop loads please post the text that will open (report.txt) and a new Hijackthis log.Thanks,tea

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I just bought the jump drive to transfer contents from my windows 98 to my new Windows XP.
Windows 98 needs to download software to do it.
I went to the site but only see it for Windows 98 secial edition. Is it not possible to use This jump drive with Windows 98?
 

A:Lexar Jump Jump Drive 256 MB USB 2.0

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