Update Flash Drivers for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
Flash drivers are commonly associated with the audio/video delivery framework Flash; however, if we talk about flash drives, they are the memory chips or USBs that are used to store data and that can be inserted into your computer, camera and other digital devices. The flash drives became very popular because of the convenience they offer due to their small size and high data storage capacity.
All the available flash drives work properly because of the inclusion of flash drivers in every computer available today. The flash drivers serve as the communicator between your operating system and your flash drive. They enable your computer to write and read any data stored in the device without any problem.
Common Flash Drivers Problems
It’s rare to encounter problems with your flash driver especially if you are using a new computer. The flash driver is a standard part of every new operating system. In addition, some of the flash drives work without the need of a driver. However, if your OS is Windows 98 or older (with comparable specifications) you might encounter some problems. So, for your flash drive to work on these systems, you need to know if the maker or the OS provider has a patch containing flash drivers.
Regardless of your OS, problems do occur sometimes. Normally, flash drivers do not work when your OS is set at sleep mode. Some indications of flash driver malfunctions are: 1) You can’t open your flash drive, 2) Very slow processing and 3) Your OS does not recognize the device.
Troubleshooting Flash Drivers
If you are experiencing the above mentioned problems, follow the steps below for troubleshooting:
1. The first step is to restore your operating system to its previous set up when the flash drive functioned well. To accomplish this process, use the system restore of your computer:
Close and save any unsaved documents.
Click the Start menu.
Select the All Programs icon.
Select the Accessories icon.
Select the Systems Tools icon.
Select the System Restore icon.
Click Continue if the user account window pops up. After you click Continue, the System Restore Window appears.
Click on the Undo System Restore and click Next to restore your system:
2. In case you are not successful in solving your problem through the system restore process, you have to download the driver of your storage device. You can go to your device manufacturer’s website and check if there is an available driver for your device. If driver is available, simply download and install it to your system. Or you may update your flash drivers with this tool.
3. If the above mentioned solutions still render your flash drive unusable, you need to check it using another computer to see if it works.
4. Reinstall your operating system if your storage device works with other computers. This process should restore the functionality of your storage device.
Some possible reasons of continued flash drive malfunction may include:
1. The possibility of a faulty access point of your storage device. So it needs replacement!
2. Another possible cause is a problem with the main board of your computer or within the memory modules of your computer. In this case, you need an expert hand to help you out.