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USB Stick not showing up in explorer

Posted on 2008-06-13
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I have a Sony 2GB microvault that I have used before and believe I have stored data on it.  When I plug it in, it never appears as a drive.  I have several other other sticks that work fine.  Again, I believe I HAVE used this before... it just seems to have gone to sleep or something.

When I plug it in I get the little "This device can perform faster..." bubble that I always get with sticks.  So it's like it sees it- but doesn't see it.

What can I do?
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by:nsx106052
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I would try the memory stick on another computer to make sure it works.  If it does then insert it in to your computer and right click on my computer and choose manage.  Towards the bottom will be disk manager.  From there you can right click on the drive and assign a a drive letter.  I would change the drive letter to one that is not in use and see if it appears in my computer.  
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by:snyperj
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I just tried it on my other laptop. Same thing.  Does that mean the stick is no good? sheeaaat!
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areyoucrazytoo earned 500 total points
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I've encountered this problem when using a network with mapped drives. A mapped network drive is masking the drive that windows wants to assign to the usb drive.

Go To Computer Management
   Storage
       Disk Managment

From here you can change the drive letter of the Thumb Drive to one that isn't being mapped for network use.
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by:nsx106052
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If you tried it on two different computers and tried changing the drive letter the memory stick is probably toast.  When you plug it in you should see it in device manager.
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by:Morikk
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Also, and this has only happend once or twice to me, try plugging it into different USB ports on the problem machine.
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by:snyperj
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areyoucrazytoo- I think you nailed it.  I used it on an offline computer and it worked fine.  It assigned G and that is a network drive on the other computers.  The problem is- I can't get to Disk Management because it says I don't have rights. (It's true, I don't have any rights here, but this is a different story..anyway...)  Is there anything I can do to the stick drive itself to make it force itself to a different drive letter when I plug it in on a network computer?  Like force it to be "Z" or something?

We have no IT sysADMINS on site today.

Thanks
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by:areyoucrazytoo
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Can you unmap the G Drive? net use G: /delete and then reuse it later.
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by:snyperj
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nah... I am looking for a permanent change.   Plus I have apps that connect to G- so that would trip me up.

My other stick comes up as "H". What makes it do that and how can I make my problem one do that?
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by:areyoucrazytoo
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Sorry...not sure why some USB Drives pick different letters.  I did see this utility in a quick google search but cannot vouch for it in anyway shape or form: http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

Good Luck with this.
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by:snyperj
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I'll check that out.  I see how the Disk Manager works as I was able to access that on my non-network laptop.  I went ahead and changed the drive letter to "z" (even though I didn't have a drive conflict on my notebook) hoping that maybe the change was written to the stick.  As you probably already know, it didn't, because when I plugged it back in to the network computer- it still must be trying to assign G because I still don't see it.  Groan.  Another reason I need to be and ADMIN... (yeah, right, like that is going to happen)

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by:areyoucrazytoo
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so just out of curiousity since I had the correct problem and a viable solution (with sufficient rights) do I get the points? :-)
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Sure
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