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USB device not recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mehmood115, Nov 29, 2011.

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  1. mehmood115

    mehmood115 Thread Starter

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    My USB flash drive is suddenly stop working, when I insert in the slot it detects but it says Windows is not recognized the device and in the device manager it shows Unknown Device. I have tried this USB on many computers and on different operating systems but the problem is same. I think its builtin plug and play driver is corrupted. I have my important data on it and I have to recover it. Please help me!!!!!:(
     
  2. pip22

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    "I have my important data on it and I have to recover it"

    Never, ever store important & irreplaceable data on just one drive, and especially if it's a flash drive as they are more prone to failure than hard drives (and unlike hard drives you don't get any warning). Flash drives are designed for short-term storage only (such as transferring files between computers).

    It's not a driver issue if the same thing happens on other computers, because the driver is built-in to Windows (Windows XP and later) and they can't all be corrupted. The fact that the fault is constant on all computers proves that it's a faulty flash drive or it's simply worn out and needs replacing. Buy a well-known, reputable brand (Integral, SanDisk etc).

    Normally I would recommend using some file recovery software to retrieve the data on it, but that requires the system to recognise the drive.
    I can't think of any other way.
     
  3. mehmood115

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    OK thanks for your opinion next time I will be careful
     
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