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solved USB Flash drive "Insert drive into H: drive" data loss/lock/error

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by AndyGeog, Jan 2, 2015.

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  1. AndyGeog

    AndyGeog Thread Starter

    Jan 2, 2015
    Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

    Nov 29, 2014

    this link helped me:



    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Andy
    Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
    Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

    hi all,

    happy holidays, etc.

    this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

    in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

    in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

    so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

    I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
    {this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

    I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

    after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

    the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the free home remedy data recovery tools that I could find... then I snail-mailed this thumb drive to my computer whiz baby brother... finally, I purchased {for $99.}, and downloaded Seagate's data recovery tool, and had my brother return the drive... this was when I found the link above and it's freeware DriveCleanUp program, and this solved my issue :)

    what I think was/still is "the problem"/locked drive issue... is that the clone looks for the same C:\ assignation as my HDD{which, btw, I had been able to upgrade to 320G}

    the problem now, I guess, is where can I find an old XP or Vista computer, to fool around with changing the C:\ drive letter?? [as I'm afraid to experiment on this my only one of my two working <Vista> machines]
    this wasn't the problem... my issue was caused by left-over USB Flash storage and other USB drivers which once installed were never removed

    the freeware DriveCleanUp program, linked in the link, and properly installed{please study the instructions in the link} should help you with this issue... it helped me...

    any thoughts appreciated,

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