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    I think I fried a 16GB USB stick [it was only $8 :) ]

    Explorer.exe will not acknowledge one of my two Lex[something] 16GB USB sticks. Do any of youse guys or gals know of any utility I can try on it?
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    If its working, it will show up in Disk Manager as "Healthy".

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    I've used this little USB Formatter from HP in the past.

    It has revived apparently dead USB sticks for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Explorer.exe will not acknowledge one of my two Lex[something] 16GB USB sticks. Do any of youse guys or gals know of any utility I can try on it?
    Righto Roland, have seen this sort of problem many times with USB devices.

    Try running (admin-level command prompt):

    SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1
    (enter)

    START DEVMGMT.MSC
    (enter)

    A Device Manager dialog will load.Click "Show Hidden Devices" in the View menu. You can now uninstall any invalid/disconnected devices.
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    Thanks all, I'm at a library, so I'll do the good stuff when I get home tonight.
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    So far, I've had good results with Lexar flash drives, but mixed results with some other brands.

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    I bought a Transcend 128MB thumbdrive after they first became available. Since then I have had a number of Transcend thumbdrives of different sizes (512MB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB) and had good service from them. But a few years ago I switched to using Kingston thumbdrives because my components supplier stopped stocking the Transcend thumbdrive range due to excessive warranty claims.

    My daily work requires me to have a software library on a thumbdrive for working on customers' computers. Currently I have about 18GB on a 32GB Kingston thumbdrive, which gets connected to PCs probably a dozen-or-more times each day. This 32GB drive is about eighteen months old now and has given little trouble. Once I had to re-format it after I plugged it into a computer that turned out to have a faulty PSU. Every couple of months I re-format it and copy the software library back across from my main PC.
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