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    • slinga
    • By slinga 13th Aug 17, 3:42 PM
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    PC not reading flash drive
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    • 13th Aug 17, 3:42 PM
    PC not reading flash drive 13th Aug 17 at 3:42 PM
    I think I removed my flash drive from my PC usb slot before I should have and now the PC isn't reading the flash drive.

    What should I do?

    Thanks.
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    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 13th Aug 17, 3:58 PM
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    Reboot PC, try again. Or try on a different device.
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    • slinga
    • By slinga 13th Aug 17, 5:58 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 5:58 PM
    Reboot PC, try again. Or try on a different device.
    Originally posted by grumpycrab
    Thanks but it's still not shown under Devices and drivers even after a reboot.

    I want to use it with this PC as I want to download stuff from this PC onto the flash drive.
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    • were
    • By were 13th Aug 17, 6:14 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 6:14 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 6:14 PM
    Thanks but it's still not shown under Devices and drivers even after a reboot.

    I want to use it with this PC as I want to download stuff from this PC onto the flash drive.
    Originally posted by slinga
    Need to divide the problem into segments, and eliminate the non problematic areas. As others have said to try it in another PC. If it does not work on another PC we know it is the stick. If the stick does work on another PC we know it is the PC or windows.
    • slinga
    • By slinga 13th Aug 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 7:39 PM
    Well it's not recognized by my laptop although I do get the four notes 'generated by windows?' when I plug the USB in, and the similar but different four notes when I remove the USB..

    But I can't open the USB to view the files inside.

    The USB was working when I last used it a few weeks ago.
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    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 13th Aug 17, 7:45 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 7:45 PM
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    Is it showing in the Disk Management console?

    diskmgmt.msc in the Windows Search area
    • were
    • By were 13th Aug 17, 7:47 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 7:47 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 7:47 PM
    I believe you it worked 3 weeks ago, but lets talk about now. A choice of three main areas (1) the stick (2) windows (3) PC hardware. Easiest test is to put that stick in another PC/laptop.
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 13th Aug 17, 8:05 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 8:05 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 8:05 PM
    If you get to the stage of trying to recover anything on it then I could recommend TestDisk/Photorec http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 13th Aug 17, 10:19 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 10:19 PM
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    • 13th Aug 17, 10:19 PM
    Hindsight I know, but the easiest way to remove a USB stick, or indeed any similar device (e.g. an SD card) is right click on the device, click "Eject" and, when you get the message that it is safe to be ejected, remove it.

    Do you have an anti virus programme? When you inserted the stick, did your AV scan it automatically?

    Please follow the steps given by were.
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    • slinga
    • By slinga 14th Aug 17, 10:39 AM
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    Is it showing in the Disk Management console?

    diskmgmt.msc in the Windows Search area
    Originally posted by WAYT
    No.

    I believe the problem is with the flash drive itself.

    Anything I can do to sort it.

    'Test Disc' looks a bit complicated for me.
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    • slinga
    • By slinga 14th Aug 17, 12:48 PM
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    So here's a funny thing.
    The Flash Drive doesn't show up in Device Manager or the Disc Management console screen as suggested above.
    I can't find out how to open it to view the files inside.

    But if I run a scan on Malwarebytes after a few minutes the Flash drive appears in Device Manager and Disc Management console and I can read the files inside even play them.

    I get the 'device is working properly' wherever I can check it.

    But then if I eject the USB flash disc using the correct procedure and then take the drive out then plug it back in it does not appear in device manager or disc management console unless/until I run Malwarebytes again.

    BTW no malware shown after running Malwaebytes.
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 14th Aug 17, 1:16 PM
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    Have you tried it on another PC?

    Someone else may remember the procedure, but ... there's a way to remove USB devices from the depths of Windows so that there's no trace of it. Then when you connect it back again it should install properly.
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    • rmg1
    • By rmg1 14th Aug 17, 2:05 PM
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    I think I vaguely recall seeing it in computer management (or one of those screens) but that was some time ago.

    From memory, it kept the drive letter but showed as no disc or something along those lines.
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 14th Aug 17, 3:59 PM
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    USBDeview was what I was remembering. I found it via this Technet thread.
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    • Sicard
    • By Sicard 15th Aug 17, 8:30 AM
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    Or you could take the files off after an MBAM scan and reformat it in Fat32.
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    • alexalex
    • By alexalex 2nd Oct 17, 1:57 PM
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    Try this usb flash drive recovery software https://www.cleverfiles.com/usb-flash-drive-recovery.html . I used it once when by mistake I deleted a folder from my USB Flash drive and the folder contained a lot of Word and Excel files that I badly needed and that costed me a few weeks of hard work. It worked for me fine.

    Last edited by alexalex; 02-10-2017 at 2:00 PM.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 2nd Oct 17, 7:22 PM
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    Or you could take the files off after an MBAM scan and reformat it in Fat32.
    Originally posted by Sicard

    I'd be inclined to take the files off and use a a different drive, sounds like this one could be on the way out anyway, they don't last for ever. And then copy them to a third device for safety - anything that's not backed up in at least 2 places doesn't really exist.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 2nd Oct 17, 8:54 PM
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    Out of interest... Is this a brand flash drive or some no name freebie?
    The number of people I see relying on cheap/nasty flash drives they got in crisp packets, is just insane!!!
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 4th Oct 17, 11:53 AM
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    there's a way to remove USB devices from the depths of Windows so that there's no trace of it. Then when you connect it back again it should install properly.
    Originally posted by DoaM

    Yep .


    http://www.aleratec.org/s.nl/ctype.KB/it.I/id.2432/KB.877/.f


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