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Help! Windows No Longer Recognizes My Flash Drive!

Brian Ernst - Thursday, February 18, 2010

This is the scenario...You click My Computer to access your flash drive just like you always do. This time, your flash drive isn't showing up in Windows Explorer. You unplug/plug/unplug/plug it, but nothing, NOTHING! What happened? More importantly, what do you do about it? can recover your files in most cases no matter what happened. But you might also be able to do it and save yourself the time and money of having us do it. Here's how:

First, the Preflight Checklist:

a) The flash drive doesn't appear to be physically damaged. (i.e., the tip isn't loose and the device isn't overheating, etc.)

b) You've tried it on a few different computers.

c) Your flash drive is plugged into a working USB port.

Ok, here it goes:

1. Hit the Windows key (between the Alt and Ctrl keys) and E key simultaneously to open a new Explorer window.

2. Right-click My Computer and select Manage.

3. Under Storage, select Disk Management.

4. (This is the critical step that will tell you if this is going to work or not) At the bottom of the window you should see a list drives associated with your computer. If your flash drive is listed, good news! This procedure should fix your problem. Go to step 5. If not, this solution won’t work and you might want to consider hiring a data recovery shop like We charge a flat rate of $147 and charge you only if we're successful. We have a 94% success rate and will make your files available for download right to your hard drive or a new flash drive.

5. Right click on the drive listed in that window which will bring up a menu. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

6. Another window will appear showing your missing drive. Select Change.

7. Another window will appear with a drop down menu on the right. Select the letter W.

8. When the message Changing The Drive Letter of a Volume Might Cause Programs No Longer To Run. appears, click Yes.

9. Your flash drive should now appear under My Computer.


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