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mrh3138

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For the past couple of years, I've run Firefoxoff a 1 GB flash drive on my XP machine at work (which I also use to store some music) without any problems. I recently got a 4 GB flash drive and loaded it with the same stuff as the smaller drive (since the smaller drive is getting full). XP won't recognize the 4 GB drive at all though. It doesn't give me any errors or anything, It just doesn't show up in Windows Explorer. I don't have administrative access on the PC. Is there anything I can do to fix the problem that doesn't require an admistrator account?
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Have you tried the Flash Drive on any other system? As you mentioned it is restricted you for Adminstrator Account..

Try with your Admin account and then see what happen..
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I'm running Vista at home, and it works just fine. I don't have access to the administrative account at work, otherwise it would be pretty straightforward to make it work. Any suggestions?
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If your lack of Admin privileges is what is preventing you from accessing the drive, there is nothing more that we at Geeks To Go can do to help you.
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Try starting the computer with the USB flash drive inserted.

If still no joy, try this.
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If your lack of Admin privileges is what is preventing you from accessing the drive, there is nothing more that we at Geeks To Go can do to help you.


I agree with you but his other USB flash drive did work...

Edited by karbo, 02 February 2009 - 12:09 PM.

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Try starting the computer with the USB flash drive inserted.

If still no joy, try this.



Using that method, when I click on 'Disk Management' I get the error "You do not have access to Logical Disk Manager on PC". Since it seems to be a drive letter assignment issue, if I removed my networked drives to free up drive letters and then re-mapped them after the USB drive was recognized, would that work?
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I was afraid of that. You have to have Administative rights to access those settings.

As for your question, I doubt it since you don't have Administrative rights. You could also run into trouble as this is a work computer.

Try another flash drive or reformat this one and try again.
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I got the drive working! I had to unmap a couple network drives (one of which I realized I don't need anymore anyway) and restart the computer. Then Windows assigned the flash drive to drive H and everything's working fine. I just remapped the network drive I do still need with a different letter.

Thanks for the help guys.

Edited by mrh3138, 02 February 2009 - 01:29 PM.

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I don't feel like I did much! :) But glad you got it working! :)

Edited by karbo, 02 February 2009 - 02:35 PM.

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No prob! Feel free to post back if you need any more help :)
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