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#340119 - 06/04/09 08:54 AM flash drive tech question  
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Was backing up onto flashdrive and something went funny.

Now it is not being recognized when I plug it in.

Pretty sure it just needs a reformat.

Anyone have any simple tips on simple flask drive reformatting?

Thanks in advance.


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#340120 - 06/04/09 08:57 AM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: tacogirl]  
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its not visible in the devices list? try a different machine maybe, then right click to format?

http://www.ehow.com/how_2006214_format-flash-drive.html
http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2005/08/fix-format-usb-flash-drives/



#340122 - 06/04/09 09:26 AM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Marty]  
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Thanks Marty will have a look at those links now.

When I plug it in I get usb device not recognized.





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#340123 - 06/04/09 09:29 AM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: tacogirl]  
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Mary is always so helpful!! laugh


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#340124 - 06/04/09 09:32 AM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: KC Jayhawk]  
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try a different usb port?

#340132 - 06/04/09 10:42 AM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Barnacle]  
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What capacity does it have? I have been having problems with high capacity flash drives, which work correctly on some computers and not others. I have one that works on one particular USB socket but not another on the same machine. By "high capacity" I mean 16gb and 32gb - I have 8gb, 4gb and smaller drives that have never given me any problems.

When I looked up the various USB and Flash standards on Wikipedia I saw that it's actually quite complex, and the bottom line is that there are many conflicting standards attempting to co-exist. When attempting to move large files now I stick to a portable hard drive - in my experience always works.

Another issue is the formatting standard. For large files you need NTSB, but camera memory cards are usually formatted FAT32. I realised the restrictions that imposes when I tried to copy a DVD-ISO file to my 32gb camera SD card to get it home. The card is FAT32 and a DVD-ISO file won't fit. It would if I reformatted it as NTSB but then it wouldn't work in the camera.....

Now when we come to SD standards the field's wide open, and I haven't yet been able to find my way through it. The trouble is, the card manufacturers don't put crucial information on the card and you have no idea whether a particular card will work in a particular device, until you try it.

#340148 - 06/04/09 12:01 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Peter Jones]  
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16 gig kingston Peter


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#340169 - 06/04/09 02:00 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: tacogirl]  
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OK. I have 1gb and 4gb Kingstons that work consistently properly. I also have a 32gb Kingston which occasionally throws a wobbly, like yours. I wonder whether mine (and yours) is the genuine article, as there are quite a few cheap Chinese copies around?

#340179 - 06/04/09 02:50 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Peter Jones]  
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I was watching a computer show last year, and the resident expert said these are great devices but they simply wear out after a while. Has to do with the solid state drives and something that wears away inside. And performing defrags can wear them out faster.

#340521 - 06/07/09 10:39 AM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: MisterB266]  
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go to control panel then administrative tools then computer management then Disk Management and select for drive port your usb is being plugged into can u can format it once u right click and go to format.....

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