USB Drive Not Recognised

By whoopimonster
Jan 25, 2010
  1. hey all, I was hoping someone could help me with a usb drive problem. i plugged in my usb drive and my pc does not recognise it. A message comes up saying that "the usb could not be recognised" and nothing else happens. I have used the usb before on many occassions.

    how could this have happened and how can i fix it? hope someone can help
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    usual cause is the drive is broken, or your running windows 98 and you need to install drivers for it, XP and the like dont need drivers but you dont say what type of device it is...

    more info is needed first
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    This could be a broken drive as previously pointed out. There's also a chance it's a USB cable and/or USB power issue. Does the drive have it's own AC adapter or rely on the USB port for its power?
  4. whoopimonster

    whoopimonster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it doesn't have its own power source
    its just a regular 4 gig toshiba usb

    so i'm guessing from what you've both told me is that it's most likely broken.
    that's ok though, thanks for the help though
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