Fix an XP System That Won’t Recognize Flash Drives
By Rick Broida, PCWorldNov 9, 2010 7:33 am PST
Reader Thomas is having a problem with his six-year-old Windows XP Professional system: When he plugs in a flash drive, Windows doesn’t recognize it. He’s tried different brands; same result. But other USB devices work just fine.
Before I reveal the solution to this vexing problem, Thomas, a quick slap on the wrist: you didn’t give me nearly enough information in your initial e-mail. In fact, it took two follow-up e-mails for me to get all the details I needed to find a fix.
So to you and all other readers, I kindly ask that you revisit my post on how to ask for tech help, and to remember that you’ll greatly increase your chances of a response if you follow those simple guidelines.