USB Drive not detected


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I've had a USB flash drive for just over 1 year now, and when I tried to copy some files off it this morning my PC wouldn't detect it. I tried it in another machine that it has worked in and the same thing happened.

Have I lost all my data, or is there any way to get it working again?

Windows doesn't even try to install drivers for it, it's like it wasn't even inserted.
 
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It is possible that the USB flash drive was corrupted maybe when you took it out of a PC one time, if it's not being detected on any machine, you may have lost your data. I would try other machines, PC and Mac, and see if that works. If not, try contacting Microsoft and/or your USB flash drive company brand for help.

Worse comes to worse, you might have to format it (if possible). Hope this helps.

http://support.microsoft.com/ <-- Microsoft Help
 

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Yeah it sounds like the drive is bust - it's happened to a couple of the cheap ones I bought :(
 
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It was a generic drive I got given free when I bought a computer desk from Staples (1GB). I suppose I shouldn't expect much from a freebie!

My Sandisk USB drive still works fine and I've had that for years, but it's only 256MB. Will just have to get a new one I suppose.

Thanks for your help!
 
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No problem, sorry I couldn't help more!

Yeah SanDisk or PNY make good flash drives, and even 2 - 4GB are cheap now-a-days.
 
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