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I have 2 memory sticks, one of which in explorer I right clicked on and selected properties and reformatted it as FAT32 as I wanted to use it on a portable video player, now if I put either of my memory sticks in any of my USB ports and right click on it explorer freezes and restarts. I can still read and write to them perfectly happily and I've re-installed the drivers. Any one with any ideas please? (Windows7 Pro)
Last edited by green granite; 25th Dec 2012 at 21:16.
Having bought a 16gb flash drive from a reputable manufacturer (think brown sauce) was very disappointed to discover that, while I could copy individual files to it, any attempt to down load large folders resulted in my whole computer (XP) freezing after two or three items. Ctrl/Alt/delete had no effect. Only solution - switch off. Can any expert explain the problem in terms that a computer novice might understand?
GG I'm assuming that you simply deleted the hubs in device manager and then refound them....if so that shouldn't cause issues. However can you just confirm one thing - you formatted ONE pen drive, and now BOTH are giving you problems? Or were both reformatted?
scotbill Are you sure the machine was actually stalling, or simply not visually responding while copying files? Its common for a large file copy over USB to apparently stall a machine while the files are actually moved. Especially true of Vista, but other versions of windows do it also The machine will usually come back to life after the transfer is complete
As an update, it does it in safe mode, I also ran the system file checker while in the safe mode and it said no errors. It's not the end of the world as I can always do a format using the Command Prompt.
Is it possible that the stick you reformatted had a U3 or StartKey partition and apps on it?
Reformatting the drive may have removed part but not all of the associated components. Subsequently, inserting the drive into a PC might have made some registry changes that the formatted drive no longer had the ability to undo upon removal.
OK, guessing here, but at this stage I'd be worried about a rootkit or shell hijack. Major system cleanup required - boot from a live CD and replace explorer.exe and userinit.exe Then a manual clearout of all temp files, followed by a series of rootkit and virus scans My concern would be that one of those pen drives was compromised
Last edited by Milo Minderbinder; 26th Dec 2012 at 22:16.
Sorry not to come back sooner, but I've been involved in the major project of putting some vhs tapes onto the pc then onto dvds and since most of it was over 2 hrs it had to be split, luckily most of it was in 2 acts or more.
Anyway having run out of space on drive C I cleared out all the data and moved it to D thus freeing up around 24G of space ran CCleaner and had a good clear up and the problem's gone, so your guess is as good as mine.
Unlikely to be a virus on the mem stick as the only thing it had been in was the portable video player which I think runs xxNIX
I haven't yet made a live cd as I've not yet got my addled brain around WinBuilder, and avast refused to allow make_pe anywhere near the computer.