USB Storage Device Problems

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I have a Maxell USB storage device which I'm having problems accessing. Whenever I connect it to my desktop it takes ages to recognise that the device has been connected, and showing the folder in the My PC. When it finally does and I try open it and I have to wait for the green bar to fill up at the top on the address bar, when it fills up it still refuses to open the device's folder and freezes the computer. I've tried this on multiple USB ports on my desktop and also tried it on my laptop with the same results. Can anyone help me with accessing this device without needing to use my desktop or laptop?

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  • ToddN2000
    Sounds like you may have a corrupted driver. My concern is that you said it's happening on multiple devices. I assume the USB drive may be damaged. How large is the drive? Is there data on the drive or is this a new drive?  I have a bunch of various drives up to 16gig and have not seen the green bar.
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  • Baaliefiy
    It's only 4GB, there's pictures on it. It's pretty much full with them.  I wouldn't normally be that bothered but there pics of my niece when she was a baby so they're no exactly replaceable.  There's no physical damage to the USB device, and it's not been used since I put the pics onto it.
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  • bhannah
    There are several things going on here. Possibly corrupted drivers is one of them. One thing that I know that is doing upon insertion into a PC / Laptop is that it is being indexed by windows and that takes awhile especially when the drive is almost full, or has a lot of images on it. It may also need to be cleaned up and defragged. Was it removed from the USB Hub before it was fully closed? If it was, it may have corrupted files on it. Lastly, and I know that all my machines are set to auto scan for viruses / malware any USB memory device upon insertion. That always takes awhile for it this to happen especially with images since images are one main triggers for malware / viruses.
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  • Baaliefiy
    A lot of people said they think it may be corrupted, a friend suggested trying on his Mac, if that doesn't work he said the PC World may be able to retrieve the data if it is corrupted, is that true?
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  • ToddN2000
    There are some data recovery companies that can retrieve data of damaged drives. It's expensive and usually a last resort. I have heard this story time and time again. I actually keep 3 copies of my data as a back up. I have an external 2TB drive and burn copies of pictures, like vacation to DVD. I only use thumb drive for transport pictures to show others. I hope you can recover you pictures...let us know how you make out.
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