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Problems with flash drives/cards

by idecarva / April 27, 2006 7:50 AM PDT

I inserted a flash drive into my home computer and the computer didn't recognize the flash drive. I thought there was something wrong with my flash drive, but it worked with my office computer. When I tried plugging it back into my work computer the thing won't work at all. In fact, no computer can read it now. It's just a piece of junk now.

Then I had a flash card for my digital camera. When I plugged a flash card reader into the USB port, the reader won't read the card. Now the reader won't work on any other computer either. The flash card is safe though. I can read the flash card only if I plug the digital camera directly into the USB. I don't have a problem with other hardwares, like a printer, scanner, or webcam.

My computer was built by a fried and runs on Windows XP. He can't figure it out either. Is the promlem with his build or is the USB ''blowing out'' my flash drives/reader?

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The common issue I run into is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2006 7:59 AM PDT

Microsoft does not install current motherboard drivers. Your post didn't tell much about the machine so I can't suggest a current package.


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It's an ...
by idecarva / April 27, 2006 8:12 AM PDT

ECS motherboard. I'd have to get the specifics off of my home computer, when I get there. Is that what you need?

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Given only it's an ECS and ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2006 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: It's an ...

They make many boards I can't narrow it down. But visit the ECS site and get their latest motherboard driver package for your board.


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by colindarby / April 27, 2006 5:46 PM PDT

Does the "My Computer" show the Flash Drive??

[First may have the flash drive inserted and then restart computer to have it recognised]

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I've tried that
by idecarva / May 1, 2006 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Check?

Yes, I've tried that and it doesn't work. Unfortunately, the flash drive/card is dead after it's plugged in. I'm in the process of getting the bios to update motherboard. Hopefully that will work.

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Some Other Thoughts
by colindarby / May 1, 2006 8:50 AM PDT
In reply to: I've tried that

I had problems about two months ago and the below corrected my problem!
First Proceedure;
Check for USB Mass Storage Tool Box is installed = Go to = Control Box = Add or Remove Programs = If not you will have to investigate how to reinstall?
1. Then check if the Flash Drive is showing up in My Computer.
2. If not found try this, download and install and run XPTWEAKUI =
a) in XPTWEAKUI = My Computer = Drives = and enter a tick in your Drive for the Flash Disk.

You can download XPTWEAKUI from within the URL of =

After installing TweakUI you will find TweakUI under Power Tools for Windows XP in the computer?s programs Menu
I also used this as well
Second Procedure to follow with First Procedure
1. If the Flash Drive is showing = in = My Computer = right click on the USB drive = Tools folder = Error Checking = Automatic Fix File System Errors = button - Start =
3. Next = in My Computer = Hardware folder = Device Manager = select Flash Disk drive = Properties = Volumes folder = Populate = OK button = should show you a list? =
4. Next go to = My Computer = open up the Flash Disk= view the folder?s contents = Yes. You may see some old files present. If it is vacant try to drag a file into the opened Flash Disk folder page = To confirm all is OK?
When you are normally using the ?Flash Drive? within your computer = do not forget to go to = System Tray = icon - Safely Remove Hardware = Stop = to disable the hardware???

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