Problems with Sony flash drive

By aziz320
Feb 9, 2008
  1. i have usb flash sony 1 GB when i connect the flash to my pc and want to make format the pc say "pleas insert the drive ??"
    and some program can correct this problem but the program not find my flash
    pleas help me and thanks for you.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

  3. aziz320

    aziz320 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have this program but its con not read my flash no device in device bar
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    Are you using USB2, usually the back USB ports on any new PC

    I think that in the end, you may be removing all USB ports from device manager (warning your USB mouse will then stop working)
    Upon restart, all USB drivers should be automatically installed (you may need to know a few basic keyboard commands - Tab; Ctrl +Esc; Space Bar and use of the arrow keys)
  5. aziz320

    aziz320 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my pc ports are usb1 its worke normally with another devices (usb moues ) or any device i know the problem in the flash drive but i don know the solution
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525


    Oh dear

    Has this drive ever worked on your USB1

    Some flash drives require drivers to be installed, as well.

    But I'm concerned about the USB1 only option. It must be an older computer, quite old !

    You can purchase a new PCI (internal PCI card) for your computer, for as low as $15, which will enable you to run USB2 devices, (From eBay)

    I think this is your best option
    Basically I don't want to get stuck down on trying to get your old USB1 working
  7. aziz320

    aziz320 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im test it on other pc has usb2 and problem appears again
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    ok then

    In: Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management

    Can you see your drive in there ?

    If so, can you right click on it, and select "Format"

    Also what other drives are shown, ie sometimes network share drives, or virtual drives, can interfere with USB flash drives.

    It is possible the USB flash drive is dead
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