Changing USB drive letter


R

Roy

Hello group
Recently I was dismayed why my USB drive was not recognized anymore
by window explorer. Therefore if I plug it on the USB slot it does
nothing. I searched the web for some ideas and came from this fellow
which states:\

'A user of a company I know recently told me the following experience
he had with a USB flash drive. The user traveled a lot and had a
laptop that he used to connect to the company's network when he was in
the office. And he was used to plugging his flash drive into the USB
slot on his laptop so he could transfer files to another machine he
used at home. But one day he came into the office, connected his
laptop to the network, plugged in the flash drive and nothing happened
-- normally an Explorer window would open displaying the contents of
the drive. This was disconcerting, so he opened My Computer and
discovered that the USB drive wasn't there. Puzzled by this, he took
out another flash drive from his pocket and tried it, and this time it
worked fine so he knew at least the problem wasn't with his computer.
He was just about resigned to throwing out his first drive when he
decided to send me a quick email detailing the problem. My immediate
reaction too was that it was that the drive had failed, but then I
thought about it some more. One of the key steps in troubleshooting
problems is to ask what just happened. The drive failure had occurred
after he connected his machine to the network, so could it be an issue
with the network? I emailed back and suggested he disconnect his
laptop from the network and try the flash drive again, and a short
time later I received an email saying the drive now worked!
Then it dawned on me. I told him to remove the drive, connect to the
network and open My Computer again and look for something different.
He did this and told me there was a new mapped network drive that he
hadn't seen before. Aha! The network administrator must have modified
their logon script to map a new drive on users' computers, and this
new mapped drive probably assigned the very same drive letter that
this particular user's laptop had previously assigned to his first USB
drive. I told him to plug the USB drive in again, open Computer
Management, and change the drive letter of the USB drive. He did this,
and right away an Explorer window opened displaying the contents of
his USB drive. Problem solved'


Since I have never done such things these ideas sound strange to me.
Meaning if the drive is malfunctioning it might have something to do
with such and not a hardware fault.
Although I was not using a laptop but just a desktop PC.

I did found the computer management ( local) and had viewed the disk
management on the right pane.
Indeed there are letters that indicates one drive say for example
Drive D and drive C which is easier tounderstand as well asthe Drive E
and F and so forth. Previously the Flash drive was recognized as
Drive G and J as well as drive H for another External hard drive.
But now it does not recognized my flash drive.
What I don't understand is why window explorer does not recognize my
USB flash drive but still do with the other drives.

Early this morning I was plugging these drives to the networked
computer in the internet cafe and immediately it was not recognized
and this kept me worried so when I arrived home I immediately plugged
it and there the flash drive is not functioning or being recognized
anymore.
Could somebody offer me their advice how to sort this out

What is going on?

TIA
Roy
 
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Paul

Roy said:
Hello group
Recently I was dismayed why my USB drive was not recognized anymore
by window explorer. Therefore if I plug it on the USB slot it does
nothing. I searched the web for some ideas and came from this fellow
which states:\

'A user of a company I know recently told me the following experience
he had with a USB flash drive. The user traveled a lot and had a
laptop that he used to connect to the company's network when he was in
the office. And he was used to plugging his flash drive into the USB
slot on his laptop so he could transfer files to another machine he
used at home. But one day he came into the office, connected his
laptop to the network, plugged in the flash drive and nothing happened
-- normally an Explorer window would open displaying the contents of
the drive. This was disconcerting, so he opened My Computer and
discovered that the USB drive wasn't there. Puzzled by this, he took
out another flash drive from his pocket and tried it, and this time it
worked fine so he knew at least the problem wasn't with his computer.
He was just about resigned to throwing out his first drive when he
decided to send me a quick email detailing the problem. My immediate
reaction too was that it was that the drive had failed, but then I
thought about it some more. One of the key steps in troubleshooting
problems is to ask what just happened. The drive failure had occurred
after he connected his machine to the network, so could it be an issue
with the network? I emailed back and suggested he disconnect his
laptop from the network and try the flash drive again, and a short
time later I received an email saying the drive now worked!
Then it dawned on me. I told him to remove the drive, connect to the
network and open My Computer again and look for something different.
He did this and told me there was a new mapped network drive that he
hadn't seen before. Aha! The network administrator must have modified
their logon script to map a new drive on users' computers, and this
new mapped drive probably assigned the very same drive letter that
this particular user's laptop had previously assigned to his first USB
drive. I told him to plug the USB drive in again, open Computer
Management, and change the drive letter of the USB drive. He did this,
and right away an Explorer window opened displaying the contents of
his USB drive. Problem solved'


Since I have never done such things these ideas sound strange to me.
Meaning if the drive is malfunctioning it might have something to do
with such and not a hardware fault.
Although I was not using a laptop but just a desktop PC.

I did found the computer management ( local) and had viewed the disk
management on the right pane.
Indeed there are letters that indicates one drive say for example
Drive D and drive C which is easier tounderstand as well asthe Drive E
and F and so forth. Previously the Flash drive was recognized as
Drive G and J as well as drive H for another External hard drive.
But now it does not recognized my flash drive.
What I don't understand is why window explorer does not recognize my
USB flash drive but still do with the other drives.

Early this morning I was plugging these drives to the networked
computer in the internet cafe and immediately it was not recognized
and this kept me worried so when I arrived home I immediately plugged
it and there the flash drive is not functioning or being recognized
anymore.
Could somebody offer me their advice how to sort this out

What is going on?

TIA
Roy

Uwe Sieber has a web site, with that kind of information on it.

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbtrouble_e.html

From a hardware perspective, you can verify that the plugged in
device is being detected (communicated with), via UVCView program
from Microsoft. (Use the upper right hand link, to download an
executable for Windows 32 bit OS.) This is an archived web page,
as Microsoft has taken down the download page. There have been
several versions of programs that look like this one, and so far,
this one is the most capable. (Some of the originals, had limits
on the number of ports they could handle.)

http://web.archive.org/web/20070516...com/whdc/device/stream/vidcap/UVCViewdwn.mspx

If the physical layer is working, and the USB device can be
enumerated, and fill the window with data, then the problem
must be at a higher level in software. (In the picture here,
you can see VID/PID 0x0ECD 0xA100 device has been detected, and
the presence of the Endpoint Descriptor presumably means a
communications path is set up.)

http://www.die.de/blog/content/binary/usbview.png

For resetting the USB stack, usbman.com has a page describing a
procedure to do in safe mode. But this doesn't necessarily fix
everything. There are also instances where a driver cache is
corrupted, or the registry is locked to updates, that might
cause a procedure like this to not fix anything. But in those
cases, searching on the exact error text, will likely lead you
in the right direction.

http://www.usbman.com/Guides/Cleanup Device Manager Safe Mode.htm

HTH,
Paul
 
R

Roy

Uwe Sieber has a web site, with that kind of information on it.

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbtrouble_e.html

 From a hardware perspective, you can verify that the plugged in
device is being detected (communicated with), via UVCView program
from Microsoft. (Use the upper right hand link, to download an
executable for Windows 32 bit OS.) This is an archived web page,
as Microsoft has taken down the download page. There have been
several versions of programs that look like this one, and so far,
this one is the most capable. (Some of the originals, had limits
on the number of ports they could handle.)

http://web.archive.org/web/20070516010130/http://www.microsoft.com/wh...

If the physical layer is working, and the USB device can be
enumerated, and fill the window with data, then the problem
must be at a higher level in software. (In the picture here,
you can see VID/PID 0x0ECD 0xA100 device has been detected, and
the presence of the Endpoint Descriptor presumably means a
communications path is set up.)

http://www.die.de/blog/content/binary/usbview.png

For resetting the USB stack, usbman.com has a page describing a
procedure to do in safe mode. But this doesn't necessarily fix
everything. There are also instances where a driver cache is
corrupted, or the registry is locked to updates, that might
cause a procedure like this to not fix anything. But in those
cases, searching on the exact error text, will likely lead you
in the right direction.

http://www.usbman.com/Guides/Cleanup Device Manager Safe Mode...

HTH,
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Thanks !. sounds complicated and Microsoft is cautious about
installing hotfixes which may not be the solution to the problem
I did try to follow a certain procedure
http://www.port-huron.k12.mi.us/tech/Handouts/How-To/usbflashdrivetroubleshooting.pdf
But it when I right my computer- choose manage- Storage- disk
management
Then I right clicked the listed removable disk then change drive
letter and paths
And want to assign a new drive letter.
I was given a warning that changing the drive letter might cause
problem that the hardware connected might no longer run so stopped
there.
I also tried to create another drive letter but it says the letter was
not recognized.
Creating a new folder needs that you need another path, but when I
browsed I only find that there are two path- the C and D drive.
So I got lost here and would need some suggestion from people that are
familiar with this methods.
Thank You!
 
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Paul

Roy said:
Thanks !. sounds complicated and Microsoft is cautious about
installing hotfixes which may not be the solution to the problem
I did try to follow a certain procedure
http://www.port-huron.k12.mi.us/tech/Handouts/How-To/usbflashdrivetroubleshooting.pdf
But it when I right my computer- choose manage- Storage- disk
management
Then I right clicked the listed removable disk then change drive
letter and paths
And want to assign a new drive letter.
I was given a warning that changing the drive letter might cause
problem that the hardware connected might no longer run so stopped
there.
I also tried to create another drive letter but it says the letter was
not recognized.
Creating a new folder needs that you need another path, but when I
browsed I only find that there are two path- the C and D drive.
So I got lost here and would need some suggestion from people that are
familiar with this methods.
Thank You!

Have a look at this page. The Drive Letter Manager
might be able to change a USB drive letter for you.
I haven't used it, because I don't have any USB flash
devices here.

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

Paul
 
R

Roy

Have a look at this page. The Drive Letter Manager
might be able to change a USB drive letter for you.
I haven't used it, because I don't have any USB flash
devices here.

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

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Thanks, I will have to read first the literature about its use.
BTW, is there anybody here have experience about USB drive
overvoltage? What I mean I am not discounting the fact that the
desktopPc might have fried circuitry and this is an additional worry
for me. I was thinking that some computers might have higher USB
voltage rating for USBs than laptops?
Is there a likelihood for such to happen?
I just hope that this hardware is still intact...
 
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Paul

Roy said:
Thanks, I will have to read first the literature about its use.
BTW, is there anybody here have experience about USB drive
overvoltage? What I mean I am not discounting the fact that the
desktopPc might have fried circuitry and this is an additional worry
for me. I was thinking that some computers might have higher USB
voltage rating for USBs than laptops?
Is there a likelihood for such to happen?
I just hope that this hardware is still intact...

The USB connector consists of +5V, GND, D+, and D-. Two power
signals and two data signals. The power level is a standard, whether
desktop or laptop. A high power device may draw up to 500mA of
current, and the total maximum power of 2.5 watts is just enough
to operate a modern 2.5" hard drive.

A USB device can be damaged by handling, such as dropped and broken.
Or static discharge could damage a device. But the
operating voltage should be the same on each computer. And
the connectors seem to be well designed, at least compared to
some more problematic connectors (Firewire).

The reason I wanted you to use UVCView, is to see if any low
level communication was happening or not. If there are no
endpoints and no enumeration data being shown, for a plugged
in USB device, it could be a hardware issue. If the right hand
window in UVCView has data in it, then there is hope that the
USB device is not completely dead.

The foreign computer could also have malware or a virus on it,
and a software like that might erase the flash device. I suppose
a device could be "killed" by being reconfigured, but I don't understand
how those tools work. It is possible to change the declared size
of a USB flash device (fraudsters on Ebay do that), so there is
some kind of interface to USB flash sticks, that hackers understand.

The only "frying" I've heard of, is Intel ICH5/ICH5R Southbridge
chips, can have their USB ports fail. When that happens, all the
USB ports on the computer, fail to operate. No plugged in device
will be recognized at all. You would not see any activity in UVCView.
In extreme cases, there will be a burn mark on the Southbridge chip on the
motherboard. But many of the ones reported to have
failed, don't have the burn mark - and that is good, because
if the chip is not burned by the failure, the computer
continues to be bootable. When it burns, it is finished, and
won't boot again. (I get to worry about this, because I have
that chip on my motherboard :) )

Paul
 
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R

Roy

The USB connector consists of +5V, GND, D+, and D-. Two power
signals and two data signals. The power level is a standard, whether
desktop or laptop. A high power device may draw up to 500mA of
current, and the total maximum power of 2.5 watts is just enough
to operate a modern 2.5" hard drive.

A USB device can be damaged by handling, such as dropped and broken.
Or static discharge could damage a device. But the
operating voltage should be the same on each computer. And
the connectors seem to be well designed, at least compared to
some more problematic connectors (Firewire).

The reason I wanted you to use UVCView, is to see if any low
level communication was happening or not. If there are no
endpoints and no enumeration data being shown, for a plugged
in USB device, it could be a hardware issue. If the right hand
window in UVCView has data in it, then there is hope that the
USB device is not completely dead.

The foreign computer could also have malware or a virus on it,
and a software like that might erase the flash device. I suppose
a device could be "killed" by being reconfigured, but I don't understand
how those tools work. It is possible to change the declared size
of a USB flash device (fraudsters on Ebay do that), so there is
some kind of interface to USB flash sticks, that hackers understand.

The only "frying" I've heard of, is Intel ICH5/ICH5R Southbridge
chips, can have their USB ports fail. When that happens, all the
USB ports on the computer, fail to operate. No plugged in device
will be recognized at all. You would not see any activity in UVCView.
In extreme cases, there will be a burn mark on the Southbridge chip on the
motherboard. But many of the ones reported to have
failed, don't have the burn mark - and that is good, because
if the chip is not burned by the failure, the computer
continues to be bootable. When it burns, it is finished, and
won't boot again. (I get to worry about this, because I have
that chip on my motherboard :) )

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Hello Paul...sorry for the delay, been very busy the last several days
to visit newsgroups. I did try to download the UVC view.x86.exe. but
never been able to finish downloading this file as it tends to hang up
when its about 65-77% of the program has been downloaded. And it
cannot be refreshed either as it just start from the beginning. I have
done this so many times....but failed.
Therefore I can't evaluate my USB drive.
Is there any mirror for these site?
BTW, I was starting to think about the efffect of static electricity
on some computer hardware and got worried that this particular flash
drive got it.
The PC that I plugged my USB ( i found out later was home built). What
is your opinion on this?
Thanks
Roy
 
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Paul

Roy said:
Hello Paul...sorry for the delay, been very busy the last several days
to visit newsgroups. I did try to download the UVC view.x86.exe. but
never been able to finish downloading this file as it tends to hang up
when its about 65-77% of the program has been downloaded. And it
cannot be refreshed either as it just start from the beginning. I have
done this so many times....but failed.
Therefore I can't evaluate my USB drive.
Is there any mirror for these site?
BTW, I was starting to think about the efffect of static electricity
on some computer hardware and got worried that this particular flash
drive got it.
The PC that I plugged my USB ( i found out later was home built). What
is your opinion on this?
Thanks
Roy

If the PC is home built, there is a small chance the port is miswired.
But the owner would have his/her pile of dead USB devices, if that
were the case.

As for UVCView, the page used to be on the Microsoft site, and was probably
there for a while. It could have been part of some SDK or kit that goes
with a Microsoft product, so there are alternate ways to get the tool.
I was surprised to find that the page was still available on web.archive.org ,
so I've been pointing people there to get a copy.

For the download link itself, this would be the index page. The archive.org
site took snapshots five times. And what usually happens, is it actually only
archives one copy (as long as the other four are detected to be duplicates).
So clicking any one of the five links here, should start a download. Maybe
you'll get lucky.

http://web.archive.org/*/http://dow...f-a31d-436b-9281-92cdfeae4b45/UVCView.x86.exe

I clicked on the May 9, 2006 link just now. There was a slight pause, before
the dialog came up to save the file. The file downloaded in about five seconds,
and file size is 167,231 bytes. I have another copy which is 167,232 bytes.
Both seem to work OK. The bigger file has an extra 0x00 byte at the end of
the file. The above executable will run the program immediately, without
installing anything.

Good luck,
Paul
 
R

Roy

If the PC is home built, there is a small chance the port is miswired.
But the owner would have his/her pile of dead USB devices, if that
were the case.

As for UVCView, the page used to be on the Microsoft site, and was probably
there for a while. It could have been part of some SDK or kit that goes
with a Microsoft product, so there are alternate ways to get the tool.
I was surprised to find that the page was still available on web.archive.org ,
so I've been pointing people there to get a copy.

For the download link itself, this would be the index page. The archive.org
site took snapshots five times. And what usually happens, is it actually only
archives one copy (as long as the other four are detected to be duplicates).
So clicking any one of the five links here, should start a download. Maybe
you'll get lucky.

http://web.archive.org/*/http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/b/a...

I clicked on the May 9, 2006 link just now. There was a slight pause, before
the dialog came up to save the file. The file downloaded in about five seconds,
and file size is 167,231 bytes. I have another copy which is 167,232 bytes.
Both seem to work OK. The bigger file has an extra 0x00 byte at the end of
the file. The above executable will run the program immediately, without
installing anything.

Good luck,
    Paul

Hello Paul
I was able to downloaded the file and immediately run it but
regardless if the USBflash drive plugged is suspected to be defective
or intact , it does not react...Is there a special way to run this
software?
Thanks
Roy
 
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Paul

Roy said:
Hello Paul
I was able to downloaded the file and immediately run it but
regardless if the USBflash drive plugged is suspected to be defective
or intact , it does not react...Is there a special way to run this
software?
Thanks
Roy

If there is no reaction, then the USB flash is dead. It could be that
there is a break in where the connector meets the PCB, inside the flash
packaging.

You should also test, with a known to be working USB device. That
will demonstrate how the program is supposed to work, and also prove
there isn't a problem with the USB ports on the computer you are
using for this testing.

I also use a couple Linux LiveCD distributions, for hardware testing.
Knoppix (knopper.net) and Ubuntu (ubuntu.com), can be booted from
their respective CDs, without installing any software on the hard
drive. Using programs like dmesg, lspci, and lsusb in Linux, you
can list/enumerate the hardware that the OS can "see". But UVCView
should be doing the same thing, with a much smaller investment
in time and effort. Those Linux distributions, are a 700MB download.
Any time I need to prove "it's a hardware problem", I boot one of
the Linux CDs, and see if the symptoms look the same. For example,
my first computer had a video (AGP) problem, and the symptoms
existed in both Windows and Linux.

Paul
 
R

Roy

If there is no reaction, then the USB flash is dead. It could be that
there is a break in where the connector meets the PCB, inside the flash
packaging.

You should also test, with a known to be working USB device. That
will demonstrate how the program is supposed to work, and also prove
there isn't a problem with the USB ports on the computer you are
using for this testing.

I also use a couple Linux LiveCD distributions, for hardware testing.
Knoppix (knopper.net) and Ubuntu (ubuntu.com), can be booted from
their respective CDs, without installing any software on the hard
drive. Using programs like dmesg, lspci, and lsusb in Linux, you
can list/enumerate the hardware that the OS can "see". But UVCView
should be doing the same thing, with a much smaller investment
in time and effort. Those Linux distributions, are a 700MB download.
Any time I need to prove "it's a hardware problem", I boot one of
the Linux CDs, and see if the symptoms look the same. For example,
my first computer had a video (AGP) problem, and the symptoms
existed in both Windows and Linux.

    Paul

I did try using a working USB device such as the flash drive,
wireless mouse dongle, it does not react... or does it need more time
for its operation? Whenever I click the close icon it states that "
windows cannot close the program, it may need more time for its
operation etc".

Further
the caption says:
16 Bit MS-DOS Subsystem
D:\UVCVIE~1.EXE
C:\DOCUME~\ROYBAS~1\LOCALS~1Temp\. A temporary file needed for
initialization could not be created or could not be written to. Make
sure that the directory path exists, and disk space is available.
Click close to terminate the application
This surprises me is as I never experienced this with previous command
prompt application.
I don't understand why would it have an issue of disk space when I
still have 35 gigs of free space in my hard drive
BTW Sorry
I am not familiar with linux applicationeither..
Roy
 
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Paul

Roy said:
I did try using a working USB device such as the flash drive,
wireless mouse dongle, it does not react... or does it need more time
for its operation? Whenever I click the close icon it states that "
windows cannot close the program, it may need more time for its
operation etc".

Further
the caption says:
16 Bit MS-DOS Subsystem
D:\UVCVIE~1.EXE
C:\DOCUME~\ROYBAS~1\LOCALS~1Temp\. A temporary file needed for
initialization could not be created or could not be written to. Make
sure that the directory path exists, and disk space is available.
Click close to terminate the application
This surprises me is as I never experienced this with previous command
prompt application.
I don't understand why would it have an issue of disk space when I
still have 35 gigs of free space in my hard drive
BTW Sorry
I am not familiar with linux applicationeither..
Roy

UVCView.x86.exe should execute immediately when you double click it in
a folder window. File size is 167,231 bytes. It is not a DOS program.

When it starts, it should look very similar to this.

http://www.die.de/blog/content/binary/usbview.png

I don't know right off hand, what versions of Windows it supports.
I'm using it on Win2K right now, and it is fine. Something else
is going on with your system, would be my guess. Are you seeing
any other strange problems, or is this the only one ?

Paul
 
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Roy

UVCView.x86.exe should execute immediately when you double click it in
a folder window. File size is 167,231 bytes. It is not a DOS program.

When it starts, it should look very similar to this.

http://www.die.de/blog/content/binary/usbview.png

I don't know right off hand, what versions of Windows it supports.
I'm using it on Win2K right now, and it is fine. Something else
is going on with your system, would be my guess. Are you seeing
any other strange problems, or is this the only one ?

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I have never experienced such peculiarities with other programs and
only with that UVCvie...
My PC is run by WinXP Sp2.
I could never get it to display the appearance that you showed here
http://www.die.de/blog/content/binary/usbview.png
 
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Paul

Roy said:
I have never experienced such peculiarities with other programs and
only with that UVCvie...
My PC is run by WinXP Sp2.
I could never get it to display the appearance that you showed here
http://www.die.de/blog/content/binary/usbview.png

I've been looking for another copy, and there is one here.

ftp://ftp.efo.ru/pub/ftdichip/Utilities/

File size is 167,232 bytes.
MD5sum is 93244d84d79314898e62d21cecc4ca5e

The MD5sum matches the download from the Microsoft site, so seems
to be legitimate. Give that one a try and see if the behavior is
any different.

Maybe someone else understands the significance of -

"16 Bit MS-DOS Subsystem"

because I don't. Presumably it is an important clue. I'd
almost suspect malware, or alternately, an important file
on your C: drive is corrupted. I tried looking on the
Microsoft site, and so far, don't see an exact match
for the symptoms.

Paul
 
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Roy

I've been looking for another copy, and there is one here.

ftp://ftp.efo.ru/pub/ftdichip/Utilities/

File size is 167,232 bytes.
MD5sum is 93244d84d79314898e62d21cecc4ca5e

The MD5sum matches the download from the Microsoft site, so seems
to be legitimate. Give that one a try and see if the behavior is
any different.

Maybe someone else understands the significance of -

    "16 Bit MS-DOS Subsystem"

because I don't. Presumably it is an important clue. I'd
almost suspect malware, or alternately, an important file
on your C: drive is corrupted. I tried looking on the
Microsoft site, and so far, don't see an exact match
for the symptoms.

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Thanks for that link Paul! The UVCview.x86 from that ftp really
works ! It displays the activity of all the available USB ports and
its conclusive, the suspect drive is really bugged or possibly fried
by static electricity as its not shown in the diagram no matter how
many times I refreshed it.
Meanwhile a normal flash drive will indicate its connection status.

Now the question is there a way to retrieve the data DIY or I just
have to dispose it?.
Roy
 
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Paul

Roy said:
Thanks for that link Paul! The UVCview.x86 from that ftp really
works ! It displays the activity of all the available USB ports and
its conclusive, the suspect drive is really bugged or possibly fried
by static electricity as its not shown in the diagram no matter how
many times I refreshed it.
Meanwhile a normal flash drive will indicate its connection status.

Now the question is there a way to retrieve the data DIY or I just
have to dispose it?.
Roy

I understand there are outfits that will attempt recovery of data from
USB flash sticks. I don't see a way to do it with software right now,
unless you can coax the unit to appear in UVCView. If there is absolutely
no response, then any kind of software probe will fail. (You might start
with the manufacturer's web site, before searching for an independent
recovery lab.)

To recover the data in a hardware lab, I think there are at least two chips
inside the flash stick. One is the controller, with USB interface. The other
chip or chips, are the flash storage devices. By removing the flash storage
chip and connecting it to another controller, a recovery lab may gain access to
the data. (Or for that matter, they may even have a clip or jig, to probe
the chip without removing it.)

If the unit is easy to disassemble, you can look at where the USB connector
solders to the PCB. If the design concentrates bending stresses all
at one point, the result can be that a trace to the USB connector is
broken. If that is the case, then some careful work with a soldering
iron (not a Weller solder gun), might be able to fix it enough, to do
data recovery. You would want a soldering iron with a grounded tip, and
really old fashioned soldering irons, may deliver a small static discharge
to what they are soldering. But the last small iron I bought from
Radio Shack, was grounded.

With regard to why the archive.org version of file failed, as I mentioned
earlier, the files for download now, are a byte short. There should be
a byte with 0x00 in it, on the end of the file. My copy of Win2K seems
to tolerate the missing byte. I guess WinXP is being more careful. The
FTP site I provided the link to, is not missing the byte, and is the
full file. So perhaps that is why it worked. I've never had a complaint
from other people, about the web.archive.org version of the file. I
guess now I'll have to permanently switch to that new link.

Paul
 
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Roy

I understand there are outfits that will attempt recovery of data from
USB flash sticks. I don't see a way to do it with software right now,
unless you can coax the unit to appear in UVCView. If there is absolutely
no response, then any kind of software probe will fail. (You might start
with the manufacturer's web site, before searching for an independent
recovery lab.)

To recover the data in a hardware lab, I think there are at least two chips
inside the flash stick. One is the controller, with USB interface. The other
chip or chips, are the flash storage devices. By removing the flash storage
chip and connecting it to another controller, a recovery lab may gain access to
the data. (Or for that matter, they may even have a clip or jig, to probe
the chip without removing it.)

If the unit is easy to disassemble, you can look at where the USB connector
solders to the PCB. If the design concentrates bending stresses all
at one point, the result can be that a trace to the USB connector is
broken. If that is the case, then some careful work with a soldering
iron (not a Weller solder gun), might be able to fix it enough, to do
data recovery. You would want a soldering iron with a grounded tip, and
really old fashioned soldering irons, may deliver a small static discharge
to what they are soldering. But the last small iron I bought from
Radio Shack, was grounded.

With regard to why the archive.org version of file failed, as I mentioned
earlier, the files for download now, are a byte short. There should be
a byte with 0x00 in it, on the end of the file. My copy of Win2K seems
to tolerate the missing byte. I guess WinXP is being more careful. The
FTP site I provided the link to, is not missing the byte, and is the
full file. So perhaps that is why it worked. I've never had a complaint
from other people, about the web.archive.org version of the file. I
guess now I'll have to permanently switch to that new link.

    Paul- Hide quoted text -

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I understand....I think cost wise, data recovery from the flash drive
is not encouraging if a third party will attempt to recover it.
Regarding DIY with the information you mentioned I can't do it myself
as that requires some sort of considerable skill in electronics and
surgical precision and I am not good in doing that.
I just have to extract the bits and pieces of that important file of
that busted flash drive from the hard drive of the computer where it
was copied and recompose it. That s a lot of work to be done but I am
certain I can recover the lost data better this way...
Anyway I learned something very important
To be in careful of plugging any Flash drive on any computer as there
are some units that have stray static electricity.
I just verified it from somebody who also plugged a flash drive it was
busted also by the same PC that destroyed mine.

Thank you very much for all your help Paul!
Sincerely
ROY

BTW,
Just another thing. to think about..how come larger external HDD USB
connected drives is not affected by that PC and how come only the
flash drives .....?
Just keep me wondering

Roy
 
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Paul

Roy said:
BTW,
Just another thing. to think about..how come larger external HDD USB
connected drives is not affected by that PC and how come only the
flash drives .....?
Just keep me wondering

Roy

If you want another lesson to learn from this experience, it would be
that when visiting a friend, plug your USB flash stick, into a
rear port on the computer. The rear ports should always be wired
correctly, as they are soldered to the motherboard. I don't think
I've ever read an account of a rear port being wired incorrectly.

It could be, that your friend's computer has a wiring problem with
the front USB port. Perhaps the D+ and D- pins are wired OK, but
something is wrong with the +5V and GND signals. (There are four
signals in all, on the USB interface, plus a ground for the metal
shield.) What I do when I build a computer, is I verify the signal
names on the wiring harness, by using a multimeter. I touch a pin
on the front (using a pinout diagram from the Internet), and use the
other lead on the meter, to touch the named wire inside the case.
That is called "buzzing" out the wiring. I check the wiring, because
I have a couple computer cases here, where the wires are not labeled
correctly. So the fault may not actually be caused by your friend,
but by the computer case manufacturer - and because of my experiences,
I recommend verifying the wiring is correct, if someone is going to
wire up their own front ports. It seems computer case makers aren't
that concerned about wiring issues, and are better at bashing and
cutting metal.

Paul
 
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~misfit~

Somewhere on teh intarweb "Roy" typed:
Thanks for that link Paul! The UVCview.x86 from that ftp really
works !

Thanks from me also Paul. I've grabbed that to put in my bag of tricks. :)
--
Shaun.

DISCLAIMER: If you find a posting or message from me
offensive, inappropriate, or disruptive, please ignore it.
If you don't know how to ignore a posting, complain to
me and I will be only too happy to demonstrate... ;-)
 
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Roy

If you want another lesson to learn from this experience, it would be
that when visiting a friend, plug your USB flash stick, into a
rear port on the computer. The rear ports should always be wired
correctly, as they are soldered to the motherboard. I don't think
I've ever read an account of a rear port being wired incorrectly.

It could be, that your friend's computer has a wiring problem with
the front USB port. Perhaps the D+ and D- pins are wired OK, but
something is wrong with the +5V and GND signals. (There are four
signals in all, on the USB interface, plus a ground for the metal
shield.) What I do when I build a computer, is I verify the signal
names on the wiring harness, by using a multimeter. I touch a pin
on the front (using a pinout diagram from the Internet), and use the
other lead on the meter, to touch the named wire inside the case.
That is called "buzzing" out the wiring. I check the wiring, because
I have a couple computer cases here, where the wires are not labeled
correctly. So the fault may not actually be caused by your friend,
but by the computer case manufacturer - and because of my experiences,
I recommend verifying the wiring is correct, if someone is going to
wire up their own front ports. It seems computer case makers aren't
that concerned about wiring issues, and are better at bashing and
cutting metal.

    Paul

The front side USB slots are not working anymore and there was only
one remaining free USB PORT and that is located in the rear side or
rear port and it was that place where I plugged my flash drive that '
fried ' it. the USB ports adjacent to it are connected to other
peripheral devices which incidentally are working normally...
I am also wondering if its the fault of the flash drive due to sloppy
build?
Incidentally Both of the damaged flash drives were made by transcend.

Sorry
I am not willing to risk another of my flash drives on that
machine,,,,,
 

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