I get the classic "Drive E: is unformatted; do you want to Format now?" but every time I say "yes" and try to format, XP tells me formatting didn't work.
Figuring that I'd killed the flash drive, I went and bought a new one (after having read lots of stuff on-line about folks having trouble formatting USB flash drives -- but all seem to focus on the flash drive being the problem) -- same problem with the new flash drive.
Silly me, before buying a new drive, I should've tried the old one in other computers -- sure enough, have tried BOTH flash drives on three or more computers (desktops running XP, one running Vista) and they work fine in all three.
Plus, I've tried every other type of USB device I own (external hard drives, printers, digital cameras, etc.) and they all work fine in all four USB ports. Also, all my other drives and devices still work fine. Windows recognizes that I've plugged in a USB flash drive, and even gives it a drive letter -- but it thinks the format is RAW and the drive needs to be formatted before use....
Pseudo-Geek's conclusion: It's clearly NOT the flash drives, and it's clearly NOT the USB ports, so it's gotta be something in WINDOWS that is hosed up -- am I right, or is there something I'm missing?
Have found nothing on Windows support sites to help...
Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance.