I have a CRUZER mini 256 MB thumb drive. It works correctly in a all of my machines except my laptop. My laptop is running XP PRO SP2.
The behavior occurs like this:
1. I plugin the USB drive. Windows detects new hardware and installs the appropriate drivers.
2. I am prompted to reboot.
3. I am able to successfully use the drive.
4. I try to stop the USB device from the system tray and get the message: "The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the deviced again later." Of course no matter how much "later" I wait, I still cannot stop the device.
5. I reboot the machine without removing the key. When the machine comes back up, it is aware of the the USB Drive. But when I try to access the drive, I get the message: "The disk in drive E: is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?"
6. I open "Device Manager", select the disk drive, right click and Uninstall. I am prompted to reboot.
7. When the machine comes back up... (GOTO 1.)
Because the drive works correctly with my other PCs (also running xp pro sp2) I am assuming that it is an issue with the setup of my laptop. I have diligently searched the web, but the work-around described above is the closest I've gotten to a solution. Any help would certainly be appreciated.