USB drive doesn't work with one PC, works with others.

  1. Posts : 162
    Windows 10

    USB drive doesn't work with one PC, works with others.

    I have a Lenovo Type 7663-CTO laptop that had Windows 7 x64 Ultimate on it. I have a 32 gig Lexar thumb drive that worked with this laptop. Then I did a clean install of Windows 10 x64 Pro and have all the drivers updated to the latest (latest according to Drivermax).

    This particular Lexar thumb drive does not work with Windows 10 *on this laptop*. It works on all my other computers, with different versions of Windows and Linux, and other thumb drives work on this Lenovo 7663 laptop.

    What's it's problem with this specific thumb drive???

    I also have a Lenovo Type 6457-CTO, also with Windows 10 x64 Pro, and the Lexar drive works fine with it. Very odd that only one specific laptop would have a problem with one specific brand/size of thumb drive.
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  2. Posts : 193
    Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB N 1607 x64

    I've seen this now and again. I only have one PC now, but in the recent past I had as many as 3. I did have a very small # of flash drives that simply weren't "accepted" by at least one (usually just one) of the PCs. Or they would work, but not every time I plugged them into a particular PC. I don't know exactly what causes this, but it's likely down to drivers or the usb port itself.

    A few suggestions:

    1. Try formatting it on another PC. NTFS, exFAT, FAT32, whatever, should work fine.
    2. Try a different USB port. In particular if you have both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0/3.1 ports. Some devices dont play well with the latter.
    3. Check your BIOS for any USB-related settings and try again
    4. Hold the Windows key down, then tap R and let go. Type in "devmgmt.msc" (without quotes). Scroll down to the bottom where it will say Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Unplug all USB devices. Then right-click on each entry and Uninstall until there are none left. Reboot and try your drive again.

    Not sure what else it could be, hope this helps!
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  3. Posts : 12,485
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro

    1. All the USB Thumb drives I have came formatted as FAT32 up to and including 64GB. Windows can't format more than 32GB as FAT32, I use Linux with GPARTED to do larger sizes as FAT32, same for HDD/Hard Disk Drives.
    2. Agreed. I have an 8GB drive that isn't recognized in most USB 3.x ports.
    3. I like to set the BIOS USB for Legacy, assures better support for keyboards and mice. The BIOS usually only supports USB 2.0/1.1, needs the OS/Operating System running to get 3.0 support.
    4. Also can right-click the Start button and choose Device Manager.
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