Unreadable flash drive on XP

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I have a Transcend 4GB flash drive. My computer which is running Windows XP was unable to detect the flash drive when I plug it on USB port. But when I use it on a computer with Windows 7 OS, it was easily detected by the machine.

Is there a problem with my Operating System? My XP doesn’t give me any problem except for this.

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Unreadable flash drive on XP


Your Windows XP might be missing some components that are needed, to be able to detect that kind of flash drive. There is a way on how to determine if your operating itself is the problem. Try to plug you flash drive on a different computer running the same Operating System as yours. If the flash drive is detected, then you have a problem on your computer. Try to perform an in-place upgrade by repairing your computer:

  1. Insert your windows XP installation CD.
  2. Boot from CD-ROM. If you cannot boot from your CD-Rom then you have to set the CD-ROM as the first boot device on the BIOS settings.
  3. Press any key to boot from CD-ROM.
  4. Wait until loading of files is completed. Press Enter.
  5. Accept agreement by pressing F8.
  6. Select you Windows installation that you want to repair.
  7. Press R to start repairing your computer.
  8. Supply the necessary information if the setup asks you and wait until the process is complete.

Your Windows XP should now be able to read your flash drive.

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