I'm running WinXP and have recently had problems getting my 2GB memory stick to appear in My Computer. The stick is fine--works well with another computer and always used to work fine with this one. The problem seems to have surfaced since I bought a WD My Book external hard drive, which now takes up the "E" Drive designation the memory stick used to open on. When I plug in the memory stick, the chimes sound as if recognised and the LCD on the stick flashes a couple times, but there's no drive listed for it on My Computer.
The drive is displayed in Device Manager and seems to be running properly, but the only way I can access it is to create a shortcut from the device manager to my desktop. Even then, it won't perform as in the past, for example as an update drive for my Quicken financial programme. Surely there's a way to allocate the memory stick to an unused drive and access it through My Computer??
Refresh USB Ports Use Drive clean up to remove USB device drive info from the registry click here or In device manager Uninstall EVERYTHING under the heading USB, reboot the PC let XP find and install new hardware. Your equipment should now be recognised.
I have a USB flas drive with a security partition that does the same thing - for some reason it doesn't seem to like having different drive letters on different machines. When I set it to have the same drive letter on each (as above) the problem went away.
Thanks for your responses. I tried both of your suggestions and they worked......to a point. Here's the bit that drives my nuts: Using both your methods, I plugged in the flash drive. It was immediately found, then recognised (Buffalo mass storage device), and I got a message telling me the hardware is installed and ready to use.
Maybe, but it still doesn't make an appearance in My Computer. When I right click My Computer/manage/Disc Management--there it is! In Drive G--all ready to go, but if I simply double click My Computer, I have drives C,D,E (WD External Hard Disc)but NO drive G.