Drivers/Hardware :: USB Flash Drive - Light Keeps Blinking?
Dec 6, 2015
I recently purchased a Windows 10 tablet, everything else works fine except one annoying issue. I have a 64 GB USB 2.0 flash drive, which works well on my desktop PC (Windows 7). I also have another 16 GB USB stick (USB 2.0). Both USB sticks work fine on my desktop PC. However, when I test the full size USB port on my tablet, only the 16 GB USB stick worked. For the 64 GB USB stick, as soon as I plug it in, the USB light starts to blink forever.
While the USB light blinks, I keep hearing the windows sound for detecting new USB device, but see no notification messages. When I open DISK management or File explorer, I see no trace of this USB stick at all. I also checked "device manager", under USB controllers, I do NOT see any USB Mass storage there, and there are no unknown device in the device manager either. I tried re-scan devices, restart computer, clean USB registry ... None of them works. Then I choose to show "hidden devices" in device manager, and now see a new "USB Mass Storage Device" appear under USB controllers, however the status is "not connected", even though the USB stick is plugged in and the light is blinking.
As I said, I tested the USB stick with my other computer and worked fine. I also tested the tablet's USB port by plugging in other USB devices, such as a 16 GB USB stick, a MicroSD USB reader with a 32GB MicroSD inserted, a USB mouse, etc. and they all worked fine. Now I am really puzzled. It does not look like my USB stick is dead or the USB port on the tablet has any problem.
For the last 3 weeks anytime I "restart" my hp 32 bit pc it takes 6 minutes and all the while the screen is black with a small blinking light in the upper left corner everything is fine after it finally restarts and if I shut it down and start it back it starts normally and in the morning when I first start it up it starts normally it just happens any time I restart it for any reason.
I have a USB flash drive which for some reason is formatted with an active partition.
I usually use Minitool Partition Wizard to set a partition as inactive but for some reason it doesn't work on this flash drive. I also tried booting from the Partition Wizard boot disk but that won't set the partition inactive either. I even deleted the partition and reformatted the flash drive but it popped up as active again!
How can I force the partition to be set inactive? Note it's quite an old USB flash drive so I'm wondering if there something in the hardware which stops it being set inactive?
I recently used a 16GB USB flash drive to create an installer for a new Linux distro. I noticed that the created partition is 8GB and the rest 8GB is unused. I want to create a second NTFS partition so I can use the USB as a recording medium for my PVR, but Disk Management doesn't give me this option. I then used MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, which did create the partition but warned that it won't be recognized by Windows as it normally sees only the first partition on a USB Flash drive. I even went back to Disk Management and assigned a drive letter to the second partition, but in Explorer I see only the EFI partition (first, drive is formatted in GPT mode) with that drive letter. Is there any workaround? Of course I could just format the whole drive as NTFS, but I wouldn't like to do so until I don't need the installer anymore.
I'm interested in the W10 free upgrade from a usb ISO image. I now have W7.
A couple of questions concerning the W10 installation from a bootable usb ISO image - will the hard drive require prior repartitioning, and what do I do when the install process asks for the license key ? AS I recall, installing W7 without a key only allowed 30 days of use.
In Windows 10, I insert the flash drive and the File Explorer window opens. I then double click on a file to open it's supporting app. I close both the File Explorer window and the app and eject the drive. The first eject results in a "device is currently in use" message. The second click displays the "Safe to remove" message.
If I don't open the app and just close the File Explorer window, the first eject attempt is successful.
In Win 7, I could eject the drive without closing the Windows Explorer window or the app. Ejecting the drive would close the Windows Explorer window and leave the app open, displaying the "Safe to remove" message. The file would remain in memory to be read. But an attempt to save it would fail.
I have been having problems starting up windows. I have a SSD in my laptop and I'm not sure if it is failing, or if my windows files are corrupt.
1.Windows will sometimes start, allow me to log in, but then freeze as soon as I get to the desktop. 2.Windows will start up to the login window and then freeze. 3.Computer will start, have a blank screen, but still have mouse that i can move. 4.Computer will start with error "hard disk (3f0) Laptop does all four of these in varying order, but most often it would do 2.
I have not been able to get it started into safe mode yet. (freezes up before getting there).I do have a bootable flash drive with Ubuntu on it, but when it boot, it doesn't recognize the hard drive.
Having recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 I have tried to create a recovery drive to go on a USB flash drive. All I get, however, is the message " We can't create the recovery drive. A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive". I have tried a few times without success.
I looked at the Event Log and saw the following which, I believe, is related to the problem: Microsoft-Windows-CAP12. I.D.513.
Whenever i try to eject my Sandisk flash drive, by right-clicking on it's icon and clicking on "Eject Cruzer",I get an error window with the title, "Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device".The message says, "Windows is unable to stop the device 'USB Mass Storage Device'. Don't remove this device while it is still in use. Close any programs using this device and then remove it."
This only happens the first time I attempt to eject my flash drive since connecting it.The second time I try to eject it, it always works.I know it's not a problem with my flash drive, because it works just fine on other computers.I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver for the flash drive in the Device Manager, but that didn't work.
I'm trying to update my desktop to Windows 10. I got the update, and downloaded it, but when I try to update via "Windows Update", it comes up with "Windows 10 couldn't be installed.""You can't install Windows on a USB flash drive using Set-Up".I don't understand, the only USB ports being used are for mouse, keyboard and PS4 controller for some games, I'm certainly not trying to install windows on a USB.
I cannot seem to install any other way. Media Creation Tool will not start. When I mount the ISO and click on setup I am given a small, rectangular blue window that says "Windows", and it disappears after a second. I have a tried through Windows Update and get fail code 8007005. I also have been notified two separate times through "GetWindows10" icon that I am ready to install and once received the 80070005 code and the other time the famous "Something Happened" screen.I was able to create a bootable flash but my understanding is that I can only perform a clean install if I boot with it and would need to purchase an activation code.
I am running Windows 8.1 64-bit on an HP Pavilion 15 series laptop and I am able to successfully update anything through Windows Update except Windows 10 upgrade. All of my other *.exe files start fine except Setup on Windows ISO.
I created a Windows 10 restore flash drive on my computer, which was updated to Windows 10. If I use this flash drive to reinstall Windows, will it restore Windows 10, or will it restore the system from the restore partition on my present hard drive?
Installed Win 10 and get it working. My problem is I have Win 8.1 Pro on a Samsung EVO SSD T-1. I went out and bought a Samsung 225 gig SSD HDD to install Win 10. I downloaded the Win 7 ISO and it worked perfectly. When I first tried to install Win 10 on the boot up with the USB flash media drive I went into setup on Win 10 and when I selected the new hard drive for the installation it gave me a message that it could not install on that drive. The other partition on the drive said system info. I hit delete and it installed. I don't know if I should have re formatted.
I go to bios setup on my motherboard Asus Z-97 and select Samsung EVO and it goes directly into Win 8.1 Pro. If I reboot and select in the bios Windows media drive it boots into Win 10. My question is I thought (based on all the screen shots I see here in the forum) that when I boot up my computer it should take me to a blue screen with 2 selection boxes Win 8.1 pro or Win 10 and I should be able to select.
I would rather see the 2 boxes where I can select one of them. My last question is when I bring up my Win 10 the fonts on the menus and etc. are so small I cannot hardly read them. I am using a LG 21.9 3440 x 1440 ultra wide monitor and have my text at largest and my screen zoomed to 150.
I have upgraded my pc and surface pro to windows 10 and now I want to download the iso for USB to do a clean install on my surface pro. I have the media creation tool. I launch that, select my version, etc., then when I get to the screen where it would create media to USB, it says that there is no USB connected. I am having this issue on both the desktop and the surface. Is there something I am doing wrong? Do I need to format or configure the flash drive a certain way for it to show up to the media tool? My computer is certainly reading that the flash drive is connected.
Yesterday I upgraded from Windows 8,1 to Windows 10. I wanted to clean install so I booted from my USB drive (which has the Windows 10 image and worked before on my other PC) and it didn't work.
Something was corrupt with my registry on the C: drive so I formatted it. Now I can't boot obviously and I get odd error messages like bad_config_info or something like that. I can't even clean install on the damn drive, it gets stuck after copying files.
I really need my laptop ready over the weekend, because my current PC is garbage and also blue screens with Memory_Management. I'm not even bothering with that on a 6 yr old PC.
yet another question about my "favorite" Windows 10. I already have installed windows 10 on my PC. I would like to have a copy of Windows 10, so in the case I have to reinstall it , I will have a copy of it for the future. Now, I have downloaded Media Creation tool to my USB Flash Drive. What do I do next? I do not want install Windows 10, since I already have it. If I click o Run Media Creation tool, what will it do? I just want to have a copy of Windows 10, so that if I need to reinstall it, I can have it right away.
Right now I have Media Creation tool is on USB flash drive .
I have a Surface Pro 4 that I want to set up a Dual Boot on. I normally wouldn't have too much of an issue resolving this on my own, but due to the Surface Pro 4 not supporting Legacy flash drives, my standard way (Booting into a MBR Flash Drive w/ an Offline OS on it and doing the defrag/moving the files to the beginning of the drive) of solving this issue has left me baffled. I've attempted downloading Rufus and utilizing a MBR ISO (Which failed, since it didn't have the EFI boot sector on it), going back and forth amongst various methods of removing secure boot (which was a doozy at first, after having to go through recovering my BitLocker key) in order to boot from legacy, all to no avail.
Basically, I want to take my SSD, and move all the files to the beginning, which I can't do in Windows due to system files being in use (Ironically, a large portion being near the end of the drive). All I am looking for is a method to create a bootable UEFI flash drive that I can use to defrag/do this from. I've dug a little bit around on Linux and didn't find anything that seemed to be able to do it, as most options seemed only relevant to Windows PCs. Is there any options available to do this? Or would formatting and reinstalling it be the only option?
Bought and tried two 64 gig flash drives to create image backup. First told they were not NTFS format. Did that. Now both come up as an invalid backup location, although image should take only 48 gig. Have seen other queries with same problem but no answers. Do not want to use laptop more until I have a system recovery method.