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USB Flash Drive won't work on some windows computers


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I have a Kingston 1GB flash drive that I use on my MacBook. According to Disk Utility, it is formatted as a "MS-DOS File System (FAT 16)"

However, the computers at my school are windows. The flash drive works fine on certain computers, but on others, it doesn't. Windows recognizes that there is a USB, but it says an error occurred. It calls it "unknown device" in device manager. It doesn't show up in my computer.

Any suggestions? Your comments are much appreciated!
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Have you tried formatting it on a PC? It might be a driver issue as well on a PC. Although it's kind of strange for a USB thumbdrive to need a driver?
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it's not a format issue, it's a driver issue and yep.. they do need drivers. Just like hard drive controllers

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it's not a format issue, it's a driver issue and yep.. they do need drivers. Just like hard drive controllers
Wow if it's a driver issue, and then you are using computer's at school that could be a problem because they have restrictions on installing things. That could be a potential problem.

I think that it's strange that a thumbdrive need a driver. >_>" Kind of sad especially since it's suppose to be plugin and play?
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plug and play just means that a compatible driver is supposed to be installed. Just like IDE hard drives

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Guess that's why when you plug a USB into a PC that doesn't have it installed, it says "new hardware found" and it takes a minute before you can access the thumbdrive. Learn something new everyday.

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