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Flash drives not showing up

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by alranson, Feb 18, 2010.

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  1. alranson

    alranson Thread Starter

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    Sorry for lack of fluent tech speak!
    I have a Sony Vaio with Windows XP, it has two USB ports on the side.

    I've been trying to save some files onto a 2.0 flash stick. All my smaller flash sticks (the 256mb promotional kind) work fine, and are being read by the USB drivers on my PC. However my bigger capacity ones - 1GB and two brand new Bytestor 4GB and 8GBs, which I really need for this exercise, are not being read by the PC when plugged into either port.

    Obviously I have googled this problem as best I could, and looked elsewhere on this forum and followed as much of the advice as I could understand. I have visited the Bytestor website, but it says that downloading drivers is not necessary and there are thus none available. I have also tried checking Windows updates - all it did was tell me to upload a Security update which has completely wiped out most of my desktop shortcuts, my uTorrent and all my Firefox bookmarks (and there may be more stuff wiped that I haven't discovered yet). I also checked on Device Manager to see if the USB hubs and controllers were working, and it claims all are working properly.

    Can anyone suggest anything else I could try, in understandable language?

    Many thanks
    Al
     
  2. jack-o-bytes

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    Do you know what model number the Vaio is? Sometimes a manufacturer will bring out some new driver updates to fix issues with hardware such as USB ports.

    My motherboard company bought out one that fixed an issue with auto run for usb devices. Could you post the model number usually on the top near the power button by the screen or on the bottom somewhere.

    It may say.

    M/N: (number)
    Model: (Number)
    or something else with some numbers and letters.
     
  3. alranson

    alranson Thread Starter

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    OK - it's PCG 7T1L
     
  4. jack-o-bytes

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  5. alranson

    alranson Thread Starter

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    hi -thanks for the advice - what I did in the end is send the new Bytestor drives back to Amazon, who sent me replacements overnight, and amazingly enough, the new new ones work fine.. so not a software problem, but a hardware one!
     
  6. jack-o-bytes

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    fair enough then. I was just going on what I did to fix my computer when I had that problem
     
  7. alranson

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    oh it was v helpful advice - as a result I'm looking on the Sony website anyway to update the drivers - it's just that it turns out the sticks themselves were faulty.
     
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