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USB memory sticks not recognized

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Angelo54, Aug 2, 2014.

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  1. Angelo54

    Angelo54 Thread Starter

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    My Windows 7 desktop computer does not recognize my USB memory sticks anymore (except one memory stick, that I can still use). I can hear a 'tone' when I connect the memory sticks to my computer and I can see the memory sticks in Control Panel/Device Manager), but I cannot see the memory sticks in any Windows applications.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. ozziebeanie

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    Hi Angelo54


    Insert stick that you said is not been recognised, wait for the sound it makes saying it has been picked up, even though it does not open or can be seen in My Computer - Click on Start button, type in Computer Management, and click on it when it comes up, then click on Disk Management which is in the left panel, in the bottom middle panel it will list all drives including your CD-Rom etc if you hear a ding when you put your memory sticks it may show here if it does, it most likely just needs a letter allocated to it for it to be recognised, if your memory stick is showing there, right click and it will give you an option of changing the drive letter and or path, (if it comes up saying it needs to be formatted just ignore that.) hope this helps
     
  3. tompatrick

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    Change the USB drive letter name as described by @Ozziebeanie. If that's not working, consider removing the driver for your USB device and let the system install it automatically the next time you restart your PC, which happens automatically as soon as you connect the problem device on your computer. You can remove the driver for your USB device by going to start > control panel > system and security > system > Device manager.


    Post your status after following all the steps carefully.
     
  4. ozziebeanie

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    Good advice tompatrick
     
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