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USB Stick (SanDisk Cruzer Micro 1.0 GB) Doesn't Work

By pulpfiction3636
Oct 8, 2005
  1. Hello,

    as I was putting music on my USB stick, and tried to plug it into another computer it totally stopped working on me. My computer recognizes it as hardware, but I can only "safely remove" it. It doesn't get a driver assigned, or no window pops up with my files. How can I get it to work again?
     
  2. pulpfiction3636

    pulpfiction3636 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    By the way, I've tried to work it on 4 different computers and it doesn't work. So it's not my computers fault.
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    there must be a million posts on this site regarding flash drives.

    Your data is lost.
    go into disk management under windows and format your flash drive as if it were a hard disk.
    then, high level format it.
     
  4. pulpfiction3636

    pulpfiction3636 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't know how to format my flash drive?
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    go into disk management under computer management under control panel.

    select the letter of the drive that corresponds to your flash drive. right click. select format.
    format the flash drive.
    exit out.

    go to my computer
    right click your flash drive.
    high level format it.

    you're done
     
  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  7. pulpfiction3636

    pulpfiction3636 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The problem is, is that my computer doesn't show any letters.
     
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Never heard of such a thing.

    I've formatted many flash drives and never had an issue. If he doesn't format it then he might as well throw it out. It is impossible to hard a flash drive memory by formatting it. Formatting it will restore the corrupted or non-existant boot sector.

    This is one where I'll have to disagree with Tom's hardware.
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    if it is not even showing up as any letters then you have a more severe problem.
     
  10. pulpfiction3636

    pulpfiction3636 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The only place my computer recognizes my USB stick is under Device Management as "USB Mass Storage" or something like that. So if my computer knows what it is, why won't it just show my files I have on it?
     
  11. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    The sandDisk flash drives are very sensetive drives I had one go belly up after plugging it into another computer. it was toast. more than likely yours is dead. if it is still under warranty you should contact them for a replacement.
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    if it recognizes it under usb mass storage then it should appear under disk management. Go ahead and format - you have nothing to lose.
     
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Find a computer with Windows98 on it, install the 98 driver, and watch your drive show up. It may or may not read the files on it, but format it as FAT32, plug back in your XP machine, Fixed.
     
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