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USB stick not working

by nevica1 / September 25, 2008 1:48 AM PDT

Dear All,

I decided to re-install XP on my Dell but first I saved almost 2 Gbytes worth of data onto a memory stick.

After the re-installation of XP I find that the USB stick cannot be read. In fact, when I try the memory stick on other computers I have the same problem. The memory stick worked on the old installation of XP after data had been saved to it.

Any ideas?


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These things DO fail
by Jimmy Greystone / September 25, 2008 1:56 AM PDT
In reply to: USB stick not working

These things DO fail after awhile. The fact that it is failing to be recognized by multiple systems suggests that it's dead, and the data on it is gone.

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So you installed XP?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 25, 2008 3:06 AM PDT
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Now what about all those drivers after we install XP?

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by nevica1 / September 25, 2008 4:14 AM PDT
In reply to: So you installed XP?

How do I install the drivers?

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by nevica1 / September 25, 2008 5:00 AM PDT
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Are the drivers on the original XP installation disc and if they are how do I get to the drivers?


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Never on the OS CD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 25, 2008 5:58 AM PDT
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In the case of Dell you follow their instructions for using the supplemental CD or type your Service Tag for the drivers at There is no automatic driver install here. You get to do this.

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Could Try IsoBuster
by darbhc / September 25, 2008 10:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Never on the OS CD.

I am not sure if will help?

Download and install the Free IsoBuster.

You will have to go to = File = Open = navigate to - My Computer = and there you should have the drive simbol of your "Memory Stick" =
From there you maybe able to view/extract your files

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