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    Flash Drive Funeral?

    If I have a flash drive that is being acknowledged when I plug it in (audible connect signal) but it is not showing up in My Computer, has it given up the ghost?

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    Re: Flash Drive Funeral?

    Hi Chuck

    Just a test

    With the drive plugged in,

    1) Control Panel
    2) Administrative Tools
    3) Computer Management

    In the left hand pane
    4) Click Disk Management

    Can you activate the drive from there?
    Jerry

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    Re: Flash Drive Funeral?

    Jerry:

    Merry Christmas, Jerry!

    Yes, (strangely!?) It show up there -- and still not in My PC -- although another thumb drive, same connection, does.

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    Re: Flash Drive Funeral?

    Hi Chuck

    ...and a Happy Christmas to you too.

    In Disk Management , right hand mouse click the USB drive and Click "Change Drive Letter and Path". Try changing the Path letter to something different, obviously something that is also not assigned. See if that works, it sounds like a conflict.
    Jerry

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    Re: Flash Drive Funeral?

    Jerry:

    It let me change it fine... and now it shows up in My Computer!

    Did I just dodge a bullet, or is this pretty "normal behavior"?

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    And also, what do I need to back up or copy "just in case" this may happen again?

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    Re: Flash Drive Funeral?

    Hi Chuck

    It is just a glitch in the OS, have you networked the PC recently?

    Sometimes when a PC is put on a network and you assign a drive to a specific location and then disconnect, it "hogs" that drive letter. Next time you try to connect the device while the PC is off the network it may try to assign that "hogged" drive letter and it gets upset.

    I have come to see my PC as a petulant child and instead of getting upset I just implement a corrective action. I honestly don't think back ups are going to stop this and I don't think there is a patch available, just be aware of it in case it happens again.
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    Re: Flash Drive Funeral?

    Jerry:

    Contrary to what many on this board may tell you, I have now gone a couple weeks with no tinkering -- geez that hurts, too!

    No, I think you're right, it's just probably petulance -- years ago I would be sitting, and then -- "What the heck do you MEAN, BEEP BEEP?!

    It sounds like this is another one of the "seems a lot more critical than it is" ones... that's good, I'll just throw it on my list.

    Thanks, and Merry, Merry...

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    Re: Flash Drive Funeral?

    >Can you activate the drive from there?
    <font color=448800>You da man, Jezza!</font color=448800>
    Now, for bonus points:

    My 1GB flash drive used to load as drive E:
    It appeared as drive E: when I followed your instructions.
    I "right hand mouse click the USB drive and Click "Change Drive Letter and Path"" and the USB disappears as drive E:
    Sadly, so too does my drive E: that results from a DOS SUBST command.
    (I have several drive letters mapped to client project (folders) while their project is active)
    No sign of the flash drive.
    I went back into "4) Click Disk Management " and assigned unused letter "U" to the flash drive. There it is!
    A reboot and I can now see my SUBST E: drive as well as my flash drive.

    Presumably I will have to repeat these steps for each new SUBST command?
    Or just avoid SUBSTituting drive E:, leaving that for the disk management code (which I suspect reserves C: for the boot, D: for the CD/DVD and E: for the next physical device which comes along, and in this case just happens to be the flash drive).

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