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USB sticks corrupt??

Bringe

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#1
Hi Everyone.:tennis:
I have a couple of usb sticks that for some reason when I plug them in it sometimes shows up in "my computer" for a split second and then disappears.
Then I get the egg timer as the cursor and I cant do anything until I remove the usb stick. Then the pc goes back to normal.
I have other usb sticks that work perfectly but these two give this problem.
I think they may be corrupt as I think I may have removed them while they were still open.

Apart from throwing them in the bin, has anyone any ideas to try to get them to work??:help:

Many Thanks.

Bringe.
 

Bringe

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#3
Hi KenB.
Thanks for your reply.
I do have another PC, its the one that had XP on it and I managed to upgrade it to windows 7 ultimate.
I have tried these 2 USB sticks in it and the drive shows up in "computer" for a split second and then disappears, but the cursor
still works.
By wiggling and fiddling with the USB stick I managed to get the drive to show up in "computer" but if I click on it, it doesn't open up
and if I right click on it I get a menu, but clicking on "format" nothing happens.
I found these instructions relating to the "C" prompt for XP...
diskpart
list disk
select disk
clean
create partition primary
format fs= fat32 quick
I tried these instructions on windows 7 but it didn't work.
I have included some pics to give you an idea of whats happening.
Although the drive is showing in "computer" I dont know if the PC is seeing it?? WP_20181113_001.jpg WP_20181113_002.jpg WP_20181113_003.jpg WP_20181113_004.jpg WP_20181113_005.jpg

Kind Regards.

Bringe.
 

KenB

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#4
Hi

With the drive plugged in ....

Start - type in .... dskmgmt.msc ...... then hit Return
You will see something like this ..
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Disk 0 is usually your main drive.
You have another partition [ D: ] which should show up.
Your USB Drive with the memory stick in MAY show up if it is recognised.
This may be F:

What do you see ?
 
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Bringe

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#5
Hi KenB.
Did you mean for me to try this on the XP machine or windows 7??
I just tried it on the XP and got the message with the big red "X"
Windows cannot find "dskmgmt.msc" ect ect.
 

Bringe

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#7
Hi Rustys.
Please can you explain what is an "elevated command prompt"
Sorry for being stupid.

Many Thanks.

Bringe.
 

Starbuck

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#8
Hi Bringe,

Please can you explain what is an "elevated command prompt"
Sorry for being stupid.
Nothing stupid about not knowing something .... we've all been there.
See if this helps.

For Win XP, you simply need to open Command Prompt to access diskpart:
  • Click >> Start
  • Click >> Run
  • Type in >> cmd
  • Press Enter key or click OK
  • At the Command Prompt window, type in diskpart
  • Press Enter

Accessing Diskpart on Win 7 is slightly different.
 
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Rustys

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#9
Thank you @Starbuck and agreed if you do not know ask nothing stupid about that, we all had to learn someplace and how.

If you wish to run it in Windows 7

Open the Start Menu
Type CMD
Right Click on the file and Select Run As Administrator
At the Command Prompt window, type in diskpart
Press Enter