...My machine finds the new hardware when I plug in my flash drive

By rssg1984 ·
...My machine finds the new hardwarefor when I plug in my flash drive but I am not able to see it in 'My Computer'. It attempts to find the software online but fails. It states the the software for the flash drive has not installed correctly. I am running Windows XP Home.

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to ...My machine finds the n ...

and also update your Chipset drivers.

Write down all fixed Disk and CD/DVD drive letters so as not to delete them. DO NOT delete any of the fixed hard disk drives or CD/DVD optical drives registry values.

1. Login with Administrative privileges.

2. Disconnect all USB or FireWire storage devices.

3. Open Registry Editor by typing regedt32 in the Run box and navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. Right click on MountedDevices and select Export. Save this file as you may need it in case something goes wrong. Save it as Devices.reg, it should default to My Documents.

4. Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices there will be registry keys with the name that resembles the format of \DosDevice\X: where X can be any alphabet letter which corresponding to your physical system drive letter.

5. Delete all possible USB drives, FireWire drives and external drives which have a drive letter.

<b>DO NOT delete any of the fixed Hard Disk Drives or CD/DVD optical drives registry values.</b>

Exclude \DosDevice\A: which normally reserved for floppy disk drives.

Tip! Backup the Registry Keys before proceeding. If you right click on the Key and select Export it will save to My Documents. All you have to do is give it a meaningful name.

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Also check

by Jacky Howe In reply to Try this

your permissions.

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Also telling us the Make & Model of the Thumb Drive

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to ...My machine finds the n ...

Wouldn't hurt some of those things have their own software which gets installed onto every new computer that they get plugged into. If the Software for the Thumb Drive has been Deleted/Corrupted that will cause the same thing to happen as you are asking about here.

Also if the Thumb Drive has not been correctly Dismounted it could have had it's Partition Tables Erased/Corrupted so you should look in Drive Management to see if XP shows this device there.

If it shows there as a Raw Partition the drive has had it's File System/Partition Tables Corrupted.

If any necessary Software on the Thumb Drive has been Damaged/Removed you'll need to visit the Makers Web Site and download it again so that you can install it to the computer so that it can read the Drive.


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