Flash Drive Troubleshooting

Almost all flash drive problems: “Flash drive not recognized”, “Jump memory stick access denied”, or your memory stick simply not showing up can be traced back to 2 simple reasons.

  1. Your computer, or your drive simply screwed up. Technology seems to “screw up” more often than not these days so it is understandable. Thankfully this is an easy fix. Take out your flash drive, restart your computer and try again. This takes a minute or two on average and is so easy a caveman could do it.
  2. Your USB memory stick is dead. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Jump drives have a limited lifespan. Computers usually last around five years, TV’s can go for ten or more. The lifespan of a flash drive is a completely different topic but on average you should be able to get 2-5 good years out of your drive depending on how often you use it.

Another reason why jump drives die is because of viruses. The best way to avoid viruses is to make sure what you download to your drive is completely safe. You also need to make sure you stick your drive into computers that are completely clean.

The last [popular] reason why jump drives die is because their files become corrupted. Do you know the annoying “click here to safely remove USB memory stick button”? That button is a very important one that should not be overlooked. Removing your drive without clicking the button can cause your downloads to stop before they are done, which means they could corrupt your entire drive.

ByEvan X Smith