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I bought a 32 GB thumb drive (similar to the one below) and copied my wiki on to it using my Windows 8 laptop.

I then plugged it into my HP Envy h8-1414 which has Windows 7 shoe horned onto it.

The drive came up, but as soon as I started to browse deeper than the root directory it froze up, and I couldn't safely remove it. I yanked it, and then when reconnecting the drive it asked me to scan it and this screwed it up completely. I formatted the drive and it just didn't work at all after that on neither the Envy or the Laptop.

I decided that maybe it was a lemon or something, so I returned the drive and bought a 64GB one that was similar (see below) except the size was larger:


I tried the same process and copied my wiki files over to the new drive using the the laptop and then I tried to make it work on the Envy and got the exact same problem, except that this time when I plugged the drive back into the laptop I was still able to access the files.

Now I just use the wiki on the thumb drive on the laptop and remote in from the Envy, but I still don't understand why the drive doesn't work on the Envy.

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Perhaps an AV or other security software is having fits dealing with some file on the drive? – Karan Apr 18 '13 at 22:43
@Karan Shouldn't it popup a message then? – leeand00 Apr 19 '13 at 12:24
No idea if that is really what's happening, but if it is then it's entirely possible that whatever's causing it to choke/freeze is also preventing any popups it might ordinarily have displayed. – Karan Apr 19 '13 at 14:07
Popups? No it's just explorer.exe, and both computers have the same virus scanner so I doubt that's it. – leeand00 Apr 19 '13 at 17:36
****Crickets Chirping**** Anybody? – leeand00 Apr 22 '13 at 12:07

I also have a 64 gig flash drive from PNY, I put a bunch of files and pictures on it using an older laptop with windows XP. All was fine until I tried to retieve files on an HP / Compaq laptop with windows 7. It continues to work fine with the XP software.

Somehow I might have downloaded a driver from Microsoft for WIN XP, think it was called "xformat" but it's been a while so the name might not be right. Can't find a driver for WIN 7 though.

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As written, your answer provides very little useful information. Can you expand it on a bit? – bwDraco Dec 1 '14 at 0:08

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