Solved Windows XP doesn't read flash drives

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I have tried to enter any flash drive into the PC, but Windows displayed it as RAW, with no memory, and responded whenever I open the flash drive with this "You need to format the disk in drive".

I have placed my flash drive in different slots, changed flash drives to check if it would work, and even use chkdsk to see if there is something wrong in my flash drive (even though it doesn't have a problem), which the results came out with the exact info I would see in my flash drive.

There must be something wrong in the PC or OS, can anyone tell me how to fix it?

Thanks in advance.
 

xITmasterx

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Yeah, and it pretty much works, but when I stick my flash drive on my computer, it keeps getting that error.
 

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you may want to try using another computer with W7 to see if you can get your files back and move them into your HDD in the computer while you format your USB drive in XP again.
 
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There's always the possibility there is something wrong with the USB drivers or chipset of the motherboard. Have you looked in Device Manager to see if there are any warnings? It couldn't hurt to reinstall the USB drivers for the motherboard. It might just be you need to reinstall the chipset drivers for the board if the USB drivers are not separate.

You might also consider doing an sfc scannow on your PC to see if it finds any errors. Go to Start > All programs > Accessories and right click on the Command Prompt icon selecting "Run as Administrator" then in the command window type sfc /scannow noting there is a space between the sfc and the switch /scannow.
 

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Plodr, it didn't work, somehow, it told me that there is an operation in the cycle, thus not allowing me to rename it.
 

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You failed to answer my two questions.
What size is the flash drive and how is it formatted?
 

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My wife had this problem just a few days ago with her phone SD card. I tried everything possible to see if I could make it to work but without any success. The only way I could get her pictures back was by buying a recovery program to get her important photos, videos and audios from there. After finishing I then reformatted her SD card.
 
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WHAT KIND OF FLASH DRIVE! USB stick, SD card, HD Card, USB 2 , USB 3, how was it formatted and size? I believe XP requires it to be FAT 32.
 

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UPDATE: I just did a second test by using an SD card and used recuva and I was able to recover at least 96% of all pictures in the SD card. As previously mentioned in post #9 I was able to get all of her pictures before formatting them and then formatted her mini SD card. She then tried to put some pictures in the card but she was unable to see a few of them she had transferred there so I think her SD card might be damaged or corrupted in some form.
 

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Hello everyone, I just fixed the issue, though I might have created a bigger beast when I accidentally removed the plug while the OS is fixing that issue using chkdsk /r. That being said, I'll put it up in a separate forum, as for the issues regarding this, it is solved.
 
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