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Windows 7: USB flash drive not being detected with windows 7

03 Nov 2013   #1

windows 7
USB flash drive not being detected with windows 7

I have a USB flash drive that I had been using with XP. Today, I went to access the files saved on the drive using Windows 7, but The device would not be recognized by my computer. These are the steps I took so far:

Right click computer
open manager
open disk drives
open "generic flash disk usb device"
click driver
click update driver
opt for search automatically
Message displayed "The best driver software for your device is already installed."

But the device is still not recognized, When I go into disk management it indicates that "disk1 removable (E) no media."
But when I go into devices and printers there is a mass storage device icon.

I have the another USB drive (same brand and age as the problematic one) that I've only used with Windows 7 and it works fine.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2013   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Welcome srand :)

Does it still work on the XP computer ? I have seen several flash drives get corrupted from one computer to another. Not sure what has been the actual cause of this problem
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2013   #3

windows 7

Unfortunately, I cannot test to see if it still works on XP because I no longer have that computer. Any other suggestions? Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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