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USB key not recognised

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Hi Guys,

First post here and hope you can help. I have a 256MB Usb used for college stuff (projects etc) and it has been working properly until today. I didnt drop it or anything, it has just stopped working.
Normally when i plug in my photos pop up or if i go to My Computer the name of it comes up. Now when I plug it in Removable disk (E:) comes up and if i click on it there is nothing there. It recognises that hardware has been added as the icon for safely removing hardware on bottom right of screen appears when i plug it in.

When i look at the properties it says 0 bytes of used space and 0 bytes of free space. Tried it on different ports and computers but same thing is happening.

Please help
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Welcome to Geeks2Go!

Try re-formatting it in Windows if it shows up as a drive letter. In 'My Computer', right-click -->Format.
Do not enable 'Quick Format' in the formatting dialog as it will probably need a full format to fix it properly.
Obviously you will lose any existing data on it but that may be the price you have to pay to get it working.

Personally I would no longer trust it now and I would replace it, even if the format fixes it. It's happened once already
so every reason to expect it will happen it again.
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