why won't my old desktop and laptop read my flashdrives?

By IT2MD ·
I have a compaq 5310 us with a 5 port 2.0 usb card and a laptop with 2.0 usb ports ....so why don't either of these machines read new 2.0 plug and play hardware? The desktop will read a older flash drive that I have, but not other flashdrives, my camera, mobile phone, or anything with a usb connection. The laptop wont even read the one flashdrive. ...so does anyone know why or how to correct this? they are both running Win.XP and will need to be archived and backed up this week ?

thanks in advance

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What is the Partition Type of these Devices

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to why won't my old desktop ...

By Default all XP Systems should read FAT32 Partitions but they may have issues with NFTS or other Partition Types that are not of Windows Origin.

Also if they do not have SP1 or 2 I can no longer remember which they will be unable to read any Partition Size bigger than 128 GIG Capacity which could be what you are experiencing.

if that's the case you just need to install the Service Pack


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