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Problem usb plugged in but computer keeps telling me to insert disk.

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  1. kookie56

    kookie56 Regular member

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    I have a USB drive plugged into my computer. The computer recognizes it, but that is all.
    When I click on the drive letter, I get the following message:
    "Please insert disk into USB Drive F"
    As you can see, it recognizes the drive (lettered F), but won't do anything else.
    I have tried going to the Disk Manager and clicking on the F Removable Media, but the only choices I get there are as follows: "Change Drive Letter and Paths"..."Properties"... or "Help"
    Can anyone help me fix the problem so I can access the USB drive?
    I can't format it or anything.
    I would appreciate any help given.
     
  2. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    i presume it is an external hard drive. either the external interface has crapped out or the drive itself. still under warranty?
     
  3. kookie56

    kookie56 Regular member

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    It is a USB drive.
    They don't usually come with much of a warranty.
    The computer shows it is there. I just can't do anything with it.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    i know it is an usb drive but is it a floppy drive, an optical drive or hard drive tho i presume hard drive?
     
  5. kookie56

    kookie56 Regular member

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    It is a USB flash drive.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    have you tried the drive in other usb ports & other computers to see if the drive works or not?
     
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    kookie56 Regular member

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    I tried different ports and I tried it on my laptop. I get the same thing.
     
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    If you go to Administrator Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management, is the drive shown there? What is the format shown?
     
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    he already used "Disk Manager". i am pretty certain the drive is toast. i've had that happen with a bunch that i bought years ago from The Source which used to be Radio Shack in Canada for Christmas presents.
     
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    In Disk Management it is shown as :" Disk 2 Removable (F) no media"
    If I right click on it I get only 3 options. : 1. Change Drive Letter and Paths 2. Properties 3. Help
     
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    sounds like your stick is done for.you could try going to properties and format the disk but i think its a goner,
     
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    Flash drives in my experience either work or they don't there is no middle ground
     
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    OOPS! :oops:
     

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