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When is a pen drive a floppy disk drive?

By amay
Sep 7, 2005
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  1. When I insert a USB pen drive (I have tried four different models of varying sizes) into my usb and then double click on ‘My Computer’, the device initially shows up as ‘USBDISKPRO (H)’ and this is then joined by ‘3 1/2 Floppy (B). Then the first icon disappears. Neither ‘work’, in that I cannot transfer files to or from the pen drive. I had similar problems when connecting an external dual layer dvd writer. I managed to get it to work once but since then it simply causes a crash. I am running XP Home on a 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 Evesham computer with 1Gb RAM. When I contacted them for advice they suggested I reinstall Windows. I really don’t want to have to do this because of the number of programs I have installed. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Details of my computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4A, 2400 MHz (18 x 133)
    Motherboard Name Asus P4B533-VM (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 2 DIMM, Video)
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Brookdale-G i845G
    System Memory 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award Modular (05/07/02)

    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801DB Ultra ATA Controller
    Disk Drive WDC WD1200JB-00CRA1 (111 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive DVDRW IDE 16X
    Optical Drive LG DVD-ROM DRD8160B (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
    Optical Drive PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-104 (DVD:2x/1x/6x, CD:8x/4x/24x DVD-RW)

    USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - USB Controller [A-1]
    USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - USB Controller [A-1]
    USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - USB Controller [A-1]
    USB2 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - Enhanced USB2 Controller [A-1]
    USB Device Generic USB Hub
    USB Device HP LaserJet 1200 USB
    USB Device SpeedTouch 330 ADSL Modem
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