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USB Flash drive problem


FPCH New Member
Oct 17, 2006
My Cruzer Crossfire flash drive (1.0gb, very new) does not seem to be recognised by Windows- it shows it as an 'other device' and I can't see anything of the preloaded data on it/ save anything to it.

I have Windows XP 5.1 and have updated it with service pack 2. Not clear to me whether my USB ports (and I've tried it in both) are 1.1 or 2.0 but it is meant to be a backwards-compatible device. A Kingston flash drive works fine.

It works in my partner's laptop which is much newer- and admittedly I haven't yet tried to do any comparisons to find where the problem is.

My brother tried to connect an external hard drive a few months ago and seemed to have similar problems- likely to be related?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated- and apologies for my complete lack of computer knowledge...



FPCH Member
Jan 21, 2006
Telford, UK
That is quite an odd problem. Are you sure you have updated your system to the latest version? Visit Microsoft Update and install all the updates it finds. Try unplugging all other USB devices before plugging in the drive. Failing that, check the Device Manager to ensure there are no driver conflicts or problems.

If you still can't rectify the problem, I recommend you purchase an internal USB 2.0 card and plugging the drive into that. They are quite cheap, between £5 and £10 in most good places and online. For example: Extra Value USB 2.0 PCI Card for £3.48.