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Solved: USB flash drive keeps giving error removed messages

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gameman, Apr 11, 2008.

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  1. gameman

    gameman Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    I have a Toshiba USB flash drive. I have a problem when I using it on a win2000 sysem. It keeps poping up a warnning message saying I removed the drive. And then "This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)". But it is just a standard drive so that does not make sense. Other USB drives have the same issue. I can sometimes get them to work for a bit before this happens. It is almost like I removed it. It also will just do this at random. It is working pops up the warning, then not, wait a few minutes and it is working and conencted again. I tried another ports and same issue. Other USB devices work fine though. The drives in question work fine on another machine.

    Any ideas?

    -GM
     
  2. Dan O

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    USB on Windows 2000 and older PCs is not reliable. I recommend using a network connection or a CD if you need to transfer data.
     
  3. gameman

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    Actually I doubt that. I have had many USB devices over the years that worked fine on various systems. I never had a relibality issue. Even back with windows 98 lol. All other USB devices I have work fine with the system in question (which is 4 years old btw). Upon calling Toshiba they brought up a interesting thought. Flash drives are HIGH power compared to all my other USB devices and that is probably the issue. Which makes sense. I am going to get a external powered hub and see if that fixes the issue.
     
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    Is the problem device a USB stick or an actual small Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that connects to a USB socket on the PC ?

    I ask 'cos USB sticks don't use a lot of power but drives could.
     
  5. gameman

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    USB 2.0 2gig flash "stick" drive. Some drives can take more power than others, but I agree that a self-powered HDD would take a LOT more. I have used a external powered USB HDD without any issues on the system in question though.
     
  6. gameman

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    I realize this is a long over due post but better late than never right? I got a external powered USB hub with 4 ports and it solved my issue. The problem was a lack of power to the USB port. I had this problem for MONTHS and drove me crazy. Everything else worked but all my other USB items apparently use a lot less power than this USB drive. Anyway just wanted to post this so that it might help others in the future.

    -GM
     
  7. Dan O

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    Thanks for sharing the fix. It may help someone else, which is what this forum is about. I will mark your thread solved.

    Have a great weekend.
     
  8. gameman

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    Welcome, and thanks for marking it solved, I had tried to before but for some reason I didn't have that as a option. Hmm and now I have a "mark unsolved" button when I didn't have anything before...internet hicup? Anyway great fourm and it is a pleasure to be fellow member of this comunity.

    -GM
     
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