Whenever I plug a USB stick into my laptop, I am told the drive is 'not formatted'. I've tried this with three USB sticks (with data on them) on all available ports and it's the same.
I'm using Windows XP Service Pack 3. After a day of research I've concluded that the problem might be to do with SP3, and I was going to roll back to SP2, only to remember that I did a fresh install of XP with SP3 already included about a year ago. So I have nothing to roll back to!
I am faced with doing a complete reinstall of Windows only to access about 2.5GB worth of files on my USB, or finding a way to install SP2 over what I have now. Or maybe someone knows how to tackle this software issue directly (I am sure it is a software issue; I never recalled problems with the ports on this computer before, so all three dying at once seems a bit suspicious).