Windows XP Explorer can not read DVD / CD or USB Flash Drives

By elyders ·
This just started a few months ago. I first noticed that Windows XP could not ready my USB Flash drives. When I insert the USB flash drive, the drive letter comes up in explorer, but when I click on it I'm asked if I want to format the drive. If I click 'Yes' it tries to format it, but it says it was unsuccessful. The USB drives work fine on every other computer I try.
With the DVD drive, again, it shows the drive letter and changes from DVD_RW drive to CD drive when I insert a disc. When I click on it, no files or folders appear in the explorer window. I don't get any error message either. I can burn a DVD using Nero just fine. I can even boot from the DVD drive with my Windows XP CD.

I've uninstalled the USB hubs, the DVD drive and the IDE channels via the Device Manager and then let windows automatically detect them and re-install them... didn't work.
I would like to just re-install Win XP but for some reason the Win XP boot CD can not see my SATA hard drives.

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Win XP - Sata Drives

by Langlier In reply to Windows XP Explorer can n ...

this is a common thing for XP. I'd recommend going the reinstallation route and to get the disk to recognize the sata drives you'll need the sata drivers from your motherboard manufac. go to the motherboard man's webside and download the drivers onto a floppy disk. then when your windows setup disk is booting you can press f6 when prompted to use the sata drivers.

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Yippee! It works now!

by elyders In reply to Win XP - Sata Drives

The problem was worse than I thought... even my floppy drive couldn't be read inside Windows XP. Luckily, I already had the SATA drivers on a floppy from a previous re-install.

But, I did a "repair" install of Windows XP and everything is working now. Thank goodness I didn't have to do a complete re-install.

Thanks for your help.

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You're Welcome

by Langlier In reply to Yippee! It works now!

feel free to give the Thumbs Up to helpful answers. :)

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