Vista ruining my Thumb Drive?

By Gilos
Apr 18, 2007
  1. I recently upgraded to Vista Ultimate (32bit). All of my programs and files worked seamlessly and I had no data loss as far as I could tell.

    But within a week of installing Vista my flash drive could not be recognized by some Windows XP computers. Eventually, no computers were able to read the disk, including my own.
    It was an OCZ Rally 1, and less than 3 years old (It was getting heavy use for a while there so I believed it may have just hit the end of its life). I never re-formatted the drive in Vista, and I never used it for ReadyBoost.

    I then purchased a new OCZ Rally 2. It worked fine for about 2 weeks but now, just like before, some computers running XP cannot recognize it. I have backed up its files, and this time after the problem began I re-formatted it with Vista, and I still have never used it for ReadyBoost, but I'm afraid that either my computer (USB drivers/plugs) might be corrupting or ruining the drive. I also have to wonder if it is Vista, as this all began to happen when I upgraded.

    If anyone could provide some insight or help it would be much appreciated. I would really like to be able to use my home PC in tandem with the ones on campus.


    OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate
    Version 6.0.6000 Build 6000
    Other OS Description Not Available
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name
    System Manufacturer Gateway
    System Model 9310XL
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, 3199 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. SE91510J.15A.2300.2005.0215.1823, 2/15/2005
    SMBIOS Version 2.3
    Windows Directory C:\Windows
    System Directory C:\Windows\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6000.16386"
    User Name
    Time Zone Mountain Daylight Time
    Total Physical Memory 2,045.25 MB
    Available Physical Memory 1.28 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 4.21 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 3.32 GB
    Page File Space 2.29 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
  2. Tedster

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

    I seriously doubt vista harmed your flash drive.
    Gotta be something else.
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