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Windows Vista will not recognize flash drive

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I have a new Sony Vaio 4gb flash drive. When I plug it into the USB on my Vista Home Premium, it's not recognized. I called HP support but was told to check the Sony site; I did, to no avail.

The flash drive is from China and I was told to open the driver download with Winrar. I've downloaded Winrar3.71 but I'm still not able to get the flash drive working.
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You downloaded Winrar, but did you follow it through by installing Winrar, extracting the driver files in the download, and installing the driver?
It's unusual for an official driver to require Winrar -- they are usually supplied as 'zip' files which Vista can deal with on it's own without any other software. Where did you get the driver from?

What's also unusual is that both XP and Vista should recognise 99% of flash drive's with no need for an external driver. Vista has more drivers built in than any previous version of Windows.
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