Usb Flash Drive Doesnt Work!

By kanazky
Jan 23, 2008
  1. My USB Flash drive works fine on my work laptop but when I bring it home to this computer it never installs driver... Picture explains.
  2. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    The picture is too small - can't really see anything.

    I have the opposite issue - my home computer works fine, but my work computer will not detect the thumb drives automatically. Every time I plug a thumb drive in at work, I need to open Device Manager and scan for changes - then it detects it (98% of the time). I never figured out why this happens, but it wasn't always like that.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    One possibility:

    The USB flash drive will use the next hard drive letter.
    Therefore if you have C harddrive then D HardDrive it will be assigned to E


    If E is already assigned to a network drive then the USB drive sometimes will not innitialize and assign a drive letter.

    To get around this, assign any network drives (or mapping) to a drive letter that is further down ie N drive, this in turn will allow the flash drive to be mounted.
  4. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    I just checked my drive mappings and E was free. I moved the drive mapped to F to Z and tried - no dice. Good thinking though.
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