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Flash Drive Not Working

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  1. jpalazza

    jpalazza Thread Starter

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    I have an 8GB Lexar USB flash drive that is no longer working properly....or at all. When I put it into the USB port, my computer does its usual dinging noises as it recognizes new hardware, but instead of the flash drive files opening or "lexar" appearing as an option among my drives, my computer shows a faded icon that just says "USB Drive". When I try to click on it, it says "please insert a disk into Drive E" or something to that effect. I can't run any scans on it or get my computer to acknowledge that there is anything at all on the flash drive- or that the flash drive is even there besides the dinging noises and the faded icon.
    The light on the flash drive is no longer blinking either.
    I am using windows 10. I have tried to repair the drive and I have tried a handful of other easy fixes, but with no success. Honestly, I don't care about the flash drive, but I have my thesis on it, so I really really need the files.

    Any suggestions on ways to get my files off of the drive or how to get my computer to recognize it or something would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Try using another USB port.
     
  3. jpalazza

    jpalazza Thread Starter

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    Already tried numerous ports on numerous computers, both PC and MACS
     
  4. lunarlander

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    When you insert the USB stick, does it get a drive letter ? If so, open a command prompt and do a 'chkdsk <YourDriveLetter>: /f /r
     
  5. jpalazza

    jpalazza Thread Starter

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    It does give me a drive letter, so I tried checking the disk. It said it could not be completed because it "cannot open volume for direct access". =/
     
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