How to Troubleshoot Issues with Your Flash Drive

USB flash drives, while quite convenient and easy to use, occasionally experience hiccups. If you plug a USB flash drive into your computer’s USB port and it is not recognized, there are few different issues that can be occurring. It’s easy to troubleshoot the issue and, in most cases, get your USB flash drive responding as it should.

Start with Disk Management

Step 1: Plug the drive into a USB port and check whether Windows is detecting the presence of the drive. Open the Disk Management tool by pressing the Windows Key + R simultaneously. A box will pop up. Into the field labeled ‘Open,’ enter ‘diskmgmt.msc’ (do not include quote marks) and click the OK button on the screen, or hit the enter key. Your USB flash drive should show up in the list of drives in the Disk Management window. If you don’t find the drive listed, go to step 3 for instructions on how to properly format the drive so Windows can recognize the flash drive. If you don’t see the USB drive on the list, continue on to step two.

Check Your Hardware

Step 2: If Windows is not recognizing the drive, the problem could be your computer’s USB port, a problem with a driver on your computer, or the drive itself. Try plugging the drive into a different USB port. If it is working fine in another port, you may have a broken USB port on your computer. If you’re using a USB hub, try plugging the drive directly into a USB port on the computer, as sometimes USB hubs are not powerful enough to work with external drives.

If you’ve tried other USB ports on the same computer and the drive is still not recognized, it can still be difficult to determine if the problem is the flash drive itself or if there is a problem with your computer. You can try connecting the drive to another computer and see if it can be detected. If it is not detected on another computer, repeat step 1 to determine if the drive is being recognized by Disk Management. If it is not being recognized by Disk Management on another computer, the problem is likely a dead USB drive and it will require replacing.

If you find the drive works OK on another computer, or you’re unable to test it on a second computer, you can check your computer to see if there may be an issue with a driver. To check this, you’re going to use Device Manager. Press the Windows Key + R simultaneously. A box will pop up. Into the field labeled ‘Open,’ enter ‘devmgmt.msc’ and click the OK button on the screen, or hit the enter key. If you see any disk drives with a warning (!) mark next to them, you have a problem with a driver. Right click on the line with the mark and select ‘Properties’ to see the error. You can then use Google to search for more information about the error.

If you’ve only recently experienced a problem with getting the USB drive to be recognized by your computer, you may want to try System Restore to easily correct the problem. Or, you can click on the ‘Update Driver’ button on the list of device properties to install a newer driver if one is available. The ‘Roll Back Driver’ button will restore the previous version of the driver. You can even use the ‘Uninstall’ button to uninstall the drive from your computer. Hopefully you system will them reinstall and configure the driver correctly upon reconnecting the drive.

Partitions and Formats

Step 3: You may be experiencing issues with the partitioning or file systems on the USB drive. A drive that is unpartitioned or unallocated can be cleaned up and partitioned, allowing it to be used.

If you’ve partitioned the drive and it’s still not reading, be sure you’ve set a drive letter to allow Windows to access it. Normally, this is automatic, but if you’ve manually unset the drive letter, you may not be able to access the drive through Windows.

If the drive is partitioned and still not showing up, it could have been partitioned on the wrong file system. The drive may have been formatted through another operating system. Reformat the drive with the NTFS system or the older FAT32 file system to allow the drive to be recognized If you have important files you need to save and the drive was formatted with another operating system, you’ll need to take the drive back to a computer with that operating system and save the files to another drive.

If you’ve tried these troubleshooting steps and the drive is still not recognized, there is a chance that your flash drive is broken and will need to be replaced.

Marketing with Personalized USB Drives

Marketing with Personalized USB Drives

Gaining an edge in marketing requires that you get creative and place the customer experience above all else. Reaching out to customers with a variety of marketing tools is a necessity, and taking a creative approach can set you apart from your competitors.

Consider providing your customers with something useful, something tangible that puts your brand in front of them on a regular basis. Product giveaways, for example, nearly always beat the return on investment of even lucrative Facebook ads. A product a customer can hold in their hand is a way to positively engage with them and create positive brand association.

Promote with Innovation and Design

Consider a USB drive. USB drives are available in a variety of shapes and designs. You can purchase personalized USB drives with swing covers that are very standard, or USB drives incorporated into ink pens, bracelets, keychains, lanyards, carbiners, and credit card style that fits neatly into a wallet. Any of these styles of USB drives lends itself nicely to custom design with your company logo and contact information.

If you want to get really creative with it, we have specially designed USB drives shaped into unique designs such as chess pieces, lipstick cases, footballs, guitars, mini-barrels, tractor-trailers, airplanes, and more. Custom designs and colors are available. You can choose from a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, wood and cork, to name a few.

Whether you want to go with something standard imprinted with your company logo, or get really creative and do a special design that reflects a key aspect of your business, a USB drive is a fun, useful and creative marketing tool.

The Number One Product Promo Item

A study by BPMA Research shows that USB drives as a marketing tool are the most popular promotional item used today, as compared to other popular giveaways such as pens, electrical items, or mugs. USB drives were preferred by 21% of respondents, compared to 11% for electrical items, the next most popular category. 87% of respondents indicated they had held onto these promotional items for more than a year, and 30% held on to them for more than 4 years. Additionally, an astounding 97% said they did not forget the name of the company or product advertised.

That’s a lot of bang for your buck! How much do people love USB drives? There are more than a half trillion USB drives out there currently.

Adapting to the Digital Age

Let’s take a look at an example of a wedding photographer. For several years, he had presented his clients with a beautifully packaged DVD of their wedding photos. He packed the DVD in a metal tin printed with a carefully selected photo of the newly married couple. Inside was placed the DVD and printed inside the lid was his company logo and contact information. The package was wrapped up with a lovely bow, a business card was attached and this finished product was presented happily to clients. At the time the photographer introduced the DVD to his clients, the technology was still cutting edge, but as time wore on and technology continued to advance at a blinding pace, the photographer found the DVD no longer cut it. More and more in this digital age, his clients no longer even had DVD drives in their computers.

The photographer, wanting to stay ahead of the game, quickly realized a change to USB drives would keep his business relevant and thriving. Using just 30-40 USB drives a year, he ordered mostly 4 GB drives, some 8 GB drives, custom designed with his company logo. He presented the drives in small 3.5” gift boxes lined with fabric matching his company logo color, had his company logo and contact info printed inside the lid, and tied it all up with a bow and attached a business card.

He didn’t have to change his entire world. He just had to adapt with the times and recognize changing technology to stay competitive. He provided his customers with a service, but more than that, he presented the finished service in a way that was technologically savvy, useful to the customer, and allowed him to promote his brand.

Whether you’ve got a service that lends itself to sharing information via a USB drive, or merely want to use a personalized USB drive as a giveaway to keep your name in front of customers and potential customers, USB drives are a great option. You can purchase a small number, or purchase in bulk. USB drives are available in a variety of sizes and price points, with something available to fit nearly every

The Benefits of USB Drives for Photography Professionals

The Benefits of USB Drives for Photography Professionals

The work of a photography professional affords the opportunity to be a part of something special and capture moments that others will cherish for a lifetime. A photographer is entrusted with the responsibility of the capturing memories for those celebrations we treasure the most, weddings, anniversary parties, family reunions, a newborn baby, family portraits, graduations, and more.

A Shift to a New Medium

As a photographer, your special craft includes getting the perfect lighting, capturing the best angles, and editing photos so as to make them as perfect as possible. Until recently, the final step in the process was often burning those photos onto a CD or DVD and delivering them to the client. However, in the digital age, there’s been a shift in the medium.

Today’s market has shifted away from discs toward the digital experience. As a result, USB drives have begun to dominate as primary means of digital storage and delivery for professional photographers. Options for photographers continue to expand with the offering of custom USB drives in a variety of storage capacities, easily customized with a company logo and color scheme. The USB drive offers the photographer the opportunity to provide clients with something that can be personalized, exquisitely packaged, and can be used over and over again.

A Commonly Used Form of Storage

Technology is rapidly developing and it is not uncommon these days for many laptops other portable devices, and even some desktop computers to not include external disc drives. Optical media is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Using an outdated format can spell the demise of your business. Clients are always looking for the best, and that includes utilizing cutting edge technology. USB drives have become one of the most commonly used forms of storage in the world. Mass production and a reduced price point has resulted in the sale of over a half trillion USB drives worldwide.

      

Enable Your Clients to Share Your Work Quickly

When a client receives their special photos, they are often anxious to share those treasured moments with friends, family, co-workers, and potentially hundreds of others. A photographer’s work is often shared on popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Optical media such as CDs or DVDs can hinder the sharing process, as access to a drive may not be readily available, and discs can become easily scratched, damaged or lost. A USB drive allows clients to quickly upload photographs via computers, and many tablets and smartphones.

The faster and more efficiently a photographer’s work can be disseminated, the better the client experience. When a photographer’s work is shared, it serves as an important marketing tool as others admire the photographer’s work. When personalized with a company logo and color scheme, the USB drives presented to clients serve as a reminder to keep a business first and foremost in the client’s mind.

A Variety of Affordable, Customizable Options

USB drives also offer a pricing advantage. Today they are available at a relatively low cost, often competitive with more outdated media. Many companies require only a low minimum purchase for personalization. When ordering in bulk, additional savings of up to as much as 50% are typically available. Additionally, USB drives are available in a variety of storage capacities and styles. The small size of a USB drives lends itself nicely to elegant packaging which can further promote and enhance a photographer’s brand.

    

The Importance of Branding

In a competitive marketplace, branding remains of the utmost importance. Highly customizable with color, design and logo, the USB drive continues to be an effective marketing tool even once a client’s contract has been fulfilled. It provides a convenient medium for pre-loading data such as contact information, rate sheets and special offers as a way to encourage repeat business.

In the digital age, it is critically important for a business to keep up or risk falling behind. Simply delivering a quality finished product is no longer sufficient. Clients demand the latest and greatest. Clients want a finished product that offers them the greatest ease of use. As a result, professional photographers are rapidly moving toward USB drives as a means of product delivery, branding, and marketing with the impact of high return on investm

    

How to choose a good quality usb flash drives

What’s the usages of usb flash drives ,of course ,save data is the basic and important usages of usb .

So choose a good quality usb flash drives to save your data is quite important . how to judge it ?

1: high speed .  the low speed usb flash drive writing speed is about 3MB/s , it means ,when you uploads 1GB data you need  6min at least . for middle speed usb flash drives wrting speed is about 5MB/s , it means about 4 min ,  then for high speed usb with 10MB/s , it only need   1.71min

This speed difference also caused price difference, so don’t say your price is higher ,we should see what kind of chips they used and how about the speed .

2: enough capacity : no upgrade

Some client buy cheap usb flash drives, when they used ,they found the 8GB usb flash drives can only used 1GB capacity or less . this is fake usb ,we called it upgrade . So here recommend you one software to test your usb if with full capacity , “h2testw.exe”  It can show the speed and capacity

3: Check the Brand of chips . for regular users they may not check the ID of chips ,but the different chips is really effect the lifetime of usb .  Now ,the popular Brand in maket is Toshiba ,Micron ,SAMSUNG .

4: Design/Outlooking : Of couse,the surface of usb flash drivers is also quite important , above 3 points we talked is about inner side of usb . The style of use also important ,don’t forget usb flash drives another usage is promotional. You can choose the Custom Flash Drives,credit card usb ,Crystal usb and capless usb drives and key usbs and so on …

All these USBs has own feature , Custom flash drives can do what you want , Credit card usb has biggest size to printing and with competitive price . Crystal USB flash drives is unique Flash drives with 3D laser engraved….. There must be one for you.

 

 

Top 5 Utilities to use on a Flash Drive

USB flash drives and jump drives are often underrated and overlooked devices that can be used for much more than simply storing personal files and those needed for educational or professional purposes. With the increased amounts of storage options found in modern USB drives, flash drives can now hold just about any application, extension, or program with a variety of uses.
Here are five ways your trusty flash drive can help you on in a pinch:
ReadyBoost
ReadyBoost is a disk cache service that can be used in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and the new Windows 10 operating system. It can increase the speed of your computer by storing temporary data on the flash drive, essentially letting the flash disk work as a mini temporary SSD hard drive. ReadyBoost works best on older computers with slow hard drives or low RAM, and you may not see much benefit on a high-end modern computer.
PREDATOR
PREDATOR is software that allows you to both lock and unlock your computer using your flash drive, by inserting and removing the flash drive. Once you insert the drive, your computer will operate as it typically would, but upon removing the drive, your keyboard and mouse are disabled while placing the screen in a standby-mode visual. Multiple computers can be registered with the same copy of PREDATOR and the same flash drive.
Windows Recovery
Creating a recovery drive for your Windows computer will not only save the copious amounts of stress that one experiences when a critical system failure occurs, but can also allow you to boot your computer to access an immense amount of troubleshooting tools and features to revive an otherwise dead or failing PC. Now you no longer have to worry about having a proper restore point or the data that is needed on an alternate hard drive, a small drive the size of a pen cap can now recover all lost files.
Portable Apps
PortableApps is a catch-all program that allows you to download and install portable versions of hundreds of popular applications. Keeping a portable PDF viewer handy for example, such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader, ensures that you’ll always be able to view and access portable document format files and presentations without worrying about having a safe, secure internet or wireless connection that allows you to search the internet for your favorite program to open these. When using a public computer, one never knows what applications will and will not be available, and PortableApps allows you to take key applications like Skype, Chrome, GIMP, Audacity and LibreOffice with you.
Use as a Password Reset Disk
If you’ve ever experienced the horror of entering a password to unlock your system, just to get the error that the password entered is incorrect, then you’ve felt the miniature heart attack that many computer users worldwide experience when attempting to sign in. After forgetting a main system password, such as the one used to sign into a user profile, it’s nearly impossible to reset. Keeping a password reset disk on a flash drive can allow you to reset the password and gain access back to your profile and hard disk.

Wooden USB Flash Drives – Marketing at Its Finest

If you have been searching for a cheap, effective, stylish marketing tool that is sure to make an impression with prospective clients then switching to flash drives from your current coffee cup or business card is a sure fire way to increase your brand recognition. In today’s digital world, most people keep all files, pictures and other important information in digital format. A wooden USB flash drive allows them to load their own data onto the drive for easy transport to work, school or anywhere else it may be required.

Wooden usb flash drives

Wooden usb flash drives

Make a Statement

Do you want consumers to recognize your companies name and brand and associate it with an innovative fashion forward company? If so, then a stylish wooden USB flash drive is an inexpensive way to make a big impression for less. Order wooden USB drives in bulk and pass them out at your next promotional event or company meeting to proudly display your company name for all to see. This innovative product is sure to be a hit with employees and consumers alike which won’t get thrown away with the rest of the business cards cluttering up their purses and wallet.

Bamboo Usb flash drives

Bamboo Usb flash drives

Personalization

Wooden flash drives can be laser etched to create a beautiful one of a kind look that displays your company’s name, contact info or logo. Choose from a variety of different fonts and styles and show off your company’s logo for all to see. This is one marketing tool that consumers will actually use and they will be recommending your business to others whenever they use it. By choosing to add your company name to a wooden USB flash drive, you can quickly and easily make each USB a walking billboard for all to see.

Maple Usb flash drives

Maple Usb flash drives

Convenient

USB flash drives make it possible to take any file, document or image with you on the go. No need to take your laptop with you to work or school; with a wooden USB flash drive you can easily load the files onto the drive within minutes and toss it into your pocket, purse of bag. This is a much more convenient option than taking the whole computer with you, so your prospective clients are sure to appreciate this thoughtful marketing gift. If you want a marketing tool that simplifies life for your customers then these affordable wooden USB flash drives are sure to be a hit.

Maple usb flash drives

Maple usb flash drives

USB 2.0 vs. USB 3.0 Flash Drives

USB 3.0 has been available for more than 5 years and many newer computers are built with USB 3.0 ports. The benefit of USB 3.0 is, of course, faster transfer speed. You may be wondering if it’s time to upgrade to take advantage of USB 3.0. Will you really see a significant speed advantage? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons and weigh whether it’s time to upgrade.

Transfer Speeds

Due to backwards compatibility, your USB 3.0 flash drives and cables will work in USB 2.0 ports. That’s the good news. The bad news is they’ll still operate at USB 2.0 speeds. A USB 3.0 flash drive is still going to operate at USB 2.0 speeds if your computer has USB 2.0 ports. You’ve have to have USB 3.0 ports if you want to get USB 3.0 speeds from USB 3.0 cables and devices.

The signaling speed for a USB 2.0 is 5 megabits per second. For USB 3.0, it is writing speed is 15-18MB per second  and reading speed is 86.6mb/s , which translates to speeds more than 10 times as fast as USB 2.0.

That’s the theory at least. The reality is devices tend to develop bottlenecks due to other factors. A USB drive, for example, is only as fast as its flash memory.

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How Variables Can Affect Speed

You may be wondering then how fast is a USB 3.0 flash drive versus a USB 2.0 flash drive in the real world. This depends on the quality of the drive. Most USB 2.0 drives test at between 7.9 megabytes per second and 9.5 megabytes per second. USB 3.0 drives test from 11.4 megabytes per second to 286.2 megabytes per second. There’s a huge variation in speed from drive to drive.

Some of the worst USB 3.0 drives tested only slightly better than USB 2.0 drives, but some of the best USB 3.0 drives were more than 28 times faster than their USB 2.0 counterparts. Never make the assumption that because something is a USB 3.0 that it’s going to be a significant upgrade. Research the benchmarks of any USB 3.0 device before you lay down your money because you can get sold on a speed increase that is in fact imperceptible.

Another thought is that as USB 3.0 becomes more popular, the prices of USB 2.0 devices have dropped, making them a bargain if you don’t mind the slower speeds. USB 3.0 cables and devices are slightly more expensive than their USB 2.0 competitors. Flash drives with the highest benchmarks can be quite a bit pricier. On the pro side, if you do your research, you can see significant speed increases when switching to USB 3.0 and still find some pretty good prices.

Charging and Powering

A USB 3.0 port delivers an output of 0.9A, compared to a USB 2.0’s speed of 0.5A. A USB 3.0 port will charge cell phones and other devices more quickly, and they are better able to support those power-hogging devices.

The first phone introduced to market with a USB 3.0 port was the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Giving this device a full charge from 0-100% battery on USB 2.0 takes 7 hours 48 minutes. On USB 3.0, a complete 0-100% charge is achieved in 5 hours 8 min, saving you about 2 hours 40 minutes. Of course the best time is achieved with a standard wall charger (USB 2.0A) which does a complete charge in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Charging time is a big pro for USB 3.0 because it’s going to save you a noticeable amount of time. This goes without saying, but remember to use a USB 3.0 cable with your USB 3.0 port for optimal charging speed.

How Can I Tell if I Have a USB 3.0 Port?

If you are uncertain whether your computer or other devices have USB 3.0 ports, fortunately there’s a very easy way to tell. A USB 3.0 port is typically colored blue inside to make it easy to discern the difference with the naked eye. Many of the computers built in the last 3-4 years include both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and anything built in the last year or two is almost guaranteed to have been built with USB 3.0.

So, to sum up, pros of USB 3.0 include faster charging time for cell phones and other devices, faster speed in theory, and faster speed in practice when you do your research on the benchmark of peripherals such as flash drives. Cons are the higher expected speeds can get bottlenecked due to slow flash memor

Attracting Customers with Crystal USB Flash Drives

Attracting Customers with Crystal USB Flash Drives

One of the most interesting things about USB devices are that they come in different sizes, shapes, colors and materials. You can get your hands on different kinds of USB flash drives, even though the purpose of all these devices is the same. So it may be said that appearance is an important factor when it comes to choosing USB devices. USB flash drives made of various materials are available in the market, but have you got hold of one made of crystal?

Crystal USB flash drives

Made of crystal and available in various sizes and shapes, these flash drives are definitely a source of awe to anyone who gets a glance at them. They come in various attractive shapes such as circular beveled, spherical, rectangular, heart-shaped, octagonal and sometimes even custom-shaped. The flash drive is ideal for all types of uses for students and professionals.

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Ideal as promotional gifts 

A personalized crystal USB flash drive with the company logo 3D laser engraved, or simply imprinted would serve as an ideal promotional gift. You may even opt for one with LED light that illuminates your logo when the flash drive is connected to your system. These affordable, visually appealing, useful and easy to carry products will be appreciated by the customers giving your company more brand loyalty.

On the whole, a USB flash drive made of crystal is a beautiful product that would invite jealous eyes of your friends.There is 3D engraved logo inside of Crystal USB , that make your brand more attractive.

Customized usbs we did for aquarium

Custom usb sticks is more and more popular nowdays. Because Custom gifts can show individuality well and Has the commemoration significance.

When you want to get a custom gifts,you can consider custom usb keys firstly. No matter for custom wedding gift,personalized birthday gifts,personalized corporate gifts,customized usb is a good choice. We do custom usb drives for photographers,personalized usb drives for wedding ,jump drives for students and cool usb drives for sale. So you can see custom usb china can used in different filed.

Following is some custom shaped usb we did for aquarium,so cute and stunning Custom usb sticks.

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How can you image Lively starfish is a customize USB flash drives and it is with smile on face? you can image how your client see it .

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The beautiful and colorful stones are custom made usb too

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This crab usb flash drives must be welcomed by Children

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custom usb drives no minimum.cheap custom usb drives is here. Qucik return for proof and production.

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These are features of custom usb china

Do you want to get a custom shape usb as a unique gift or unique wedding gifts.. Contact with us now .we will offer best price for custom usb.

Eco-friendly USBs for Your Next Promotional Event

Eco-friendly USBs for Your Next Promotional Event

A number of companies are opting for an eco-friendly approach to promote their products through campaigns and awareness programs. As a part of such initiatives, various companies are opting for eco-friendly promotional gifts. Apart from keeping the planet green, such promotional events also allow the company to establish itself as a responsible as well as eco-friendly institution.

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When technology meets nature

USB flash drives are largely used by professionals as well as students. They rely on the tiny storage devices to transfer all kinds of files, projects and presentations from one system to another. Dependence on the product makes USB flash drive a useful and ideal promotional gift. By handing out these handy flash drives, you might have got their love, now it’s time to get their respect. Go green and give away eco-friendly pen drives to your clients and visitors, to show them your green side.

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Eco-friendly USBs

Eco-friendly USBs are made of bio-degradable materials such bamboo,  cork and various kinds of wood. They are also sometimes made of recycled cardboard, which is both durable and shock resistant. These devices are as efficient as USB drives, but are much sustainable and easy to dispose or recycle. They come in different colors and textures depending on the material used for casing, which gives it a  uniqueness when compared to the plastic ones available in the market.

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USB devices are extremely useful promotional gifts, and the green attitude highlights your company’s responsible nature. For your next promotional event, gift eco-friendly USBs to your valued clients.

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