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    I have a Phillips 2GB USB memory stick and it was working fine when I plugged it in last (last week I think). But today at school I plugged it into various machines (at least 5) and 2 things happened:
    a) as soon as it was inserted in the USB port the whole computer froze, including the cursor, but when I took it back out, the PC was fine. Or, if this didn't happen on the machine, then;
    b) a message popped up at the bottom saying it had not been recognised. When I went to My Computer it was nowhere to be seen.

    Just now, on my PC, I inserted the USB into the USB port and it said it had not been installed properly and may not work. I couldn't see it in My Computer. My PC has recently recovered from a virus attack, but even while the virus was on the computer I still inserted the USB into it (stupid, I know) and now I'm afraid that the USB has a virus on it. Either that, or it's just been fried, as I can't be sure, but I think last time I didn't bother to select Remove Hardware Safely and just pulled it out.

    I've tried to download McAfee VirusScan USB but it says it needs a U3 port.

    I really need urgent help as I have several coursework deadlines, like tomorrow & Saturday, and I really need for this (yet another problem) to be sorted, preferably today!
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    so does it show up when you plug it in now?
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    (Original post by jonnyz)
    so does it show up when you plug it in now?
    Nope.
    But it lights up when it's plugged in.
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    have you tried on another computer?
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    (Original post by jonnyz)
    have you tried on another computer?
    If you'd read my OP you'd see that I tried on at least 5 computers today.
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    My mistake, I've only had 2 hours sleep.
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    Try it in safe mode.
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    Nope, it doesn't show up in safe mode either.
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    (Original post by CullenLoverX)
    Nope, it doesn't show up in safe mode either.
    What about scanning it with an anti virus?

    How do you take out your USB? Do you just yank it out? Because if you do then the data could potentially be corrupt.
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    Stab in the dark but, if it's corrupted due to not removing it properly last time, you could try something like this on the free trial:

    http://software.ivertech.com/Corrupt...tware24134.htm
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    moral of the story?
    only use a memory stick to transfer data from one pc to another. do not use it as your primary storage location.

    you could try booting a linux live cd, and seeing a linux OS can recognise it
    or, go to device manager (right click on my computer then manage), and check that there are no yellow exclamation marks
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    What about scanning it with an anti virus?

    How do you take out your USB? Do you just yank it out? Because if you do then the data could potentially be corrupt.
    Should i scan it in normal or safe mode?

    and umm sometimes I do just yank it out :redface:
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    (Original post by CullenLoverX)
    Should i scan it in normal or safe mode?

    and umm sometimes I do just yank it out :redface:
    Normal is fine, don't scan the normal C:, change it to your USB pen but since Windows won't tell you the location of the USB pen, I'm thinking the anti virus might pick it up.
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    (Original post by alexsheppard11)
    moral of the story?
    only use a memory stick to transfer data from one pc to another. do not use it as your primary storage location.

    you could try booting a linux live cd, and seeing a linux OS can recognise it
    or, go to device manager (right click on my computer then manage), and check that there are no yellow exclamation marks
    Do this FIRST OP.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    Do this FIRST OP.
    I'm not sure what I was looking for so I've attached a screenshot.
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    (Original post by CullenLoverX)
    I'm not sure what I was looking for so I've attached a screenshot.
    well your graphics card isnt installed properly:p:
    what's under USB controllers?
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    (Original post by alexsheppard11)
    well your graphics card isnt installed properly:p:
    what's under USB controllers?
    lmao right then. What's the consequences of my graphics card not being installed properly?
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    (Original post by CullenLoverX)
    lmao right then. What's the consequences of my graphics card not being installed properly?
    was your flash drive plugged in when you took the 2nd screenshot?

    because its not listed or not being recognised.

    without the correct drivers, the graphics wont work properly and as effectively.
    with the correct drivers, you will have the correct display options available for your graphics card
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    (Original post by alexsheppard11)
    was your flash drive plugged in when you took the 2nd screenshot?

    because its not listed or not being recognised.

    without the correct drivers, the graphics wont work properly and as effectively.
    with the correct drivers, you will have the correct display options available for your graphics card
    Yep it was plugged in during the 2nd screenshot.
    What should I do now? Scan it using AVG?

    and I'm reinstalling the drivers for the graphics card. thanks for the heads up on that lol.
    EDIT: it said The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software
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    (Original post by CullenLoverX)
    Yep it was plugged in during the 2nd screenshot.
    What should I do now? Scan it using AVG?

    and I'm reinstalling the drivers for the graphics card. thanks for the heads up on that lol.
    if device manager cant see it... i doubt avg can.

    i think it may be a hardware fault with the flash drive

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