Flash Drive has no drive letter... Not in Disk Management

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by mattperry, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. mattperry

    mattperry Guest

    Hi guys,

    Im hoping someone will be able to help me here...

    I recently fresh installed my Vista Premium x86 on my homebuilt, and I had
    all my data backed up on my flash. When I plug it in, Vista dings like
    normal, but it is not in Windows Explorer and Disk Management. The Drive did
    have some Code 10 Device Cannot Start problems, but those are worked out when
    I disabled it and re-installed the driver, and the drive DOES show up in
    'Safely Remove Hardware' and the Device Manager...

    I kinda diagnosed that it doesnt have a Drive Letter assigned, due to the
    flash drive working in my XP x64 dual-boot.

    mattperry, Dec 28, 2007
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  2. mattperry

    Wandering Guest

    Does it show up in Disk Manager? If it does, you should be able to right
    click it and assign a drive letter.

    You might want to put it on you XP machine, and recover all the data, then
    format it and replace the data. Remember to use FAT32.

    Good luck.
    Wandering, Dec 28, 2007
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  3. mattperry

    mattperry Guest

    No, it doesnt show in Disk Manager... Thats the problem... Also, I noticed
    that my iPod doesnt even show in iTunes... :-(
    mattperry, Dec 28, 2007
  4. mattperry

    Gary Mount Guest

    "Remember to use FAT32"

    Why FAT32 ? What about NTFS ? Isn't NTFS more robust than FAT32?
    Gary Mount, Dec 28, 2007
  5. mattperry

    mattperry Guest

    FAT32 allocates data better than NTFS in some cases, and PCs that are below
    W2K like ME, 98 cannot read NTFS. Also, Macs cant read them... I updated my
    PC overnight, I let it install all of the updates, and when I clicked on My
    Computer this morning, Removable Disk F:/ showed up, but when I
    double-clicked, it just said insert media or whatever... :-|
    mattperry, Dec 28, 2007
  6. mattperry

    Wandering Guest

    Well, I'm not an expert, but I'm told that flash drives need Fat32. On a few
    gigs, there isn't much to chose from in any event, unless you want to
    transfer files over 4 gigs.
    Wandering, Dec 28, 2007
  7. Correct. Fat32 is required for the present devices. exFat is a new file
    system designed for portable and mobile devices that will allow much larger
    files than 4GB but exFat is not final yet. Unfortunately exFat will not be
    backwards compatible with the present devices.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 28, 2007
  8. mattperry

    lo44w Guest

    I have a similar problem. 4 gb flash drive, no access, no drive letter.
    But main difference is that I can see it in disk management.

    However, when I try to change or assign a drive letter, the system
    tells me that the disk management s/w is not uptodate, refresh or exit
    drive manager or reboot pc.

    I got a friend to check using her vista home notebook and it works.

    Can help?
    lo44w, Mar 27, 2008
  9. mattperry

    pistelli99 Guest

    I am having the same problem however I cannot find disk management.
    lokked under the control panel, and did a search. It just isn't there.
    Either something is screwed up, or I just can't find it
    pistelli99, Jan 11, 2009
  10. Open up a "Run" command and type "diskmgmt.msc" (no quotes of course) in the
    run box. Alternatively, run the Computer Management tool and run Disk
    Management from there.
    Richard G. Harper [MVP], Jan 11, 2009
  11. mattperry

    Curious Guest

    Not all MOBOs support 8GB of memory. Check your MOBO and BIOS
    Curious, Jan 13, 2009
  12. mattperry

    Curious Guest

    Ignore my above post from me if there is one on your system I did select to
    delete it.
    Curious, Jan 13, 2009
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