Help fix my 4GB flash drive!

By Invinter ยท 7 replies
Jul 19, 2011
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  1. Hey everyone, i have a 4GB PNY flash drive that i'm at my wits end trying to fix. The only place that i can actually see that its even connected to my computer is in "Device Manager". I've tried looking at its properties to see if i could find out what was wrong with it and is said "This device cannot start. (Code 10)". So like any self respecting person with a handy-dandy computer right in-front of them I went and googled what in the world a "Code 10" was and heres the description i got----

    ----"The Code 10 error code is generated when Device Manager has insufficient information or the error that is bubbled up by the device drivers is not recognized by Device Manager. Additionally, this error may occur when one of the drivers that the device needs does not start. If many drivers are being used by a particular device, it can be difficult to determine the one that failed. "

    If there's any further information u need to help me figure this out feel free to post a message asking me, and i'll try to reply asap.

    P.S. Thanks in advanced to all who at-least attempt to assist me in this matter.
  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

  3. Invinter

    Invinter TS Rookie Topic Starter


    First of all thanks for the recommendation, although it didn't work for reasons that I now have a fair guess as to the reason why. Right after posting this question on TechSpot, I proceeded to go to the PNY website and E-mail their technical support to see if they could help fix it and unfortunately from my understanding the flashdrive i bought was broken from the first day i bought it.

    "Unfortunately, there is no way to fix the drive and without the receipt I cannot replace it."

    Thanks again for trying to help me, and hopefully the next time I buy a Flashdrive (never PNY again) it won't be a faulty piece of equipment from the start.

    P.S. the moral of this story is definitely, "keep all receipts handy until you know whatever you buy actually works".
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Have you tried it in other computers to verify its not a driver issue on the original computer?
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184


    Definitely try it on another machine first before you discard it.

    One other driver related issue comes to mind if the problem is, in fact, local to just one machine. It's probably easiest to test it on other machine first before you try also see [post=815753]CD/DVD or Disk Problems? How to Fix Problems Caused by Filters[/post]
  6. Invinter

    Invinter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Driver issue

    Actually if you look at PNY's flashdrives you find out that their flashdrives actually run on an internal drive, and do not need any drives directly from the computer. I went ahead and checked just incase, but so far it hasn't worked on 6 different computers.
  7. Helmikuu

    Helmikuu TS Rookie

    Try this solution.

    Connect your USB drive.
    Force turn off your computer by removing the power cord.
    Connect the power cord after a few seconds, and start your computer.
    Check your USB flash drive.
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Are you serious? Or trying to make trouble :suspiciou

    Yanking the power cord is NEVER a good idea. (doing so might even corrupt your internal drives)

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