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Topic # 114559 23-Feb-2013 14:03
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Sup geeks, just got a dead USB drive. freezes windows.exe every time i plug it in. won't show up in my computer, disk management, or Command prompt. Any software or suggestions?




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  Reply # 768180 23-Feb-2013 14:44
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do you have a backup?

have you tried it in another port/another PC



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  Reply # 768209 23-Feb-2013 16:27
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yea the data isn't of concern, just a mates flash drive that randomly stopped working. tried other ports. can't assign letter to the drive because freezes disk management lol. i think its a dud, just wondering if someone else had a last resort idea.




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  Reply # 768210 23-Feb-2013 16:34
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if you don't care about the data bin it, it sounds kaput.

sorry I though you were asking how to do a data recovery

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  Reply # 768238 23-Feb-2013 18:09

Hi,

Just to confirm is the drive plugged in when you start windows?

Or when the windows is running you plug the drive and then it freezes the windows.exe?

What windows are you using? Have you tried a different version? eg if you using WinXP have you tried Win7?

It could also be a virus & or a dead USB.

The prices for USB now days is so cheap its not worth the hassle.

However...  

One thing I have noticed is that some USB drives don't like to work if formatted NTFS you can try to format it in FAT32 and see if that works. If it doesn't show up in My Computer try using command prompt or disk part.

You can also try a free program called: Easus Partition Magic

Let me know how you get on.





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  Reply # 768279 23-Feb-2013 19:59
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hi man yea thanks for the reply, tried it on win7, xp and mac still no good. when i type in disk part with the usb in, cmd freezes and crashes. i only insert the usb after windows loads. yea they are cheap, just a shame because it was the latest usb 3 and quite a decent size. guess its bin time.




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  Reply # 768282 23-Feb-2013 20:19

b0untypure1: hi man yea thanks for the reply, tried it on win7, xp and mac still no good. when i type in disk part with the usb in, cmd freezes and crashes. i only insert the usb after windows loads. yea they are cheap, just a shame because it was the latest usb 3 and quite a decent size. guess its bin time.


If it was bought recently I would take it back as it would be under warranty. Most electronics come with 1 year warranty.

Good luck :)

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  Reply # 768283 23-Feb-2013 20:25
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and Consumer Guarantees act means if you didn't buy it for work purposes and can still find the receipt, you could argue for a 3-4 year replacement I would say

But given that we are probably talking about a $10 drive, whats the point. You'll spend more than that in petrol going to the retailer

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