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How to fix USB drive?

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Disk Manager - E:\ Removable Media - No Media
Windows Explorer - I can see the drive but can't open.  Please insert a disk into removable disk (E:)
Command Prompt - e:\ - Device not ready.

Anything else should i try or it is a dead drive?

Other thumb drives are working fine.

Thanks.
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Question by:Tiras25
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if the other devices are working properly in the same USB port, then try to use another computer with that affected USB thumb and reformat it (NTFS or FAT32)

also you can try install Mini partition tool and check if you will see the USB device there and able to format
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Sounds like a dead drive to me.

I had one go Read-Only on me!  Replaced it under warranty.  Is your one still under warranty?

Alan
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Other computers don't work as well.  I guess a dead drive.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Maybe it's there under a different drive letter, such as F or G. Does Disk Management see it? You can run Disk Management via Start>Run and typing diskmgmt.msc into the Run box. Regards, Joe
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No Joe, that doesn't work either.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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You said that in Windows Explorer you can see the drive but can't open it. If you right-click on it, is "Format..." a choice? If so, try formatting it — maybe that will bring it back to life, although with the low cost of flash drives these days, it may be a good idea to replace it. Regards, Joe
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by:Robert Silver
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You may not have to reformat the drive. you may only have to use another computer. I saw this with a drive my daughter had trouble with of a similar nature. If the data is vital you can send it in to a data recovery place that charges by the GB as to not spend a lot for the work done.
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try Safely Remove :    http://safelyremove.com/?pid=1
Or you can try these free softwares :
http://www.handyrecovery.com/            handy recovery
http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/Other-DRIVERS-TOOLS/Others/Sony-EzRecover.shtml                EZrecover
http://www.snapfiles.com/download/dlsmartrecovery.html                  usb key recovery
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