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Issues with USB Devices

  1. #1


    Lucknow,India
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    Windows 8 64-bit Developer Preview

    Issues with USB Devices


    I am having issues getting my Flash Drives and some other USB devices.
    My 8 GB Kingston Data Traveler doesn't seem to work. Tried connecting it in both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. It is detected at times but then vanishes or is not functionable.
    Seagate GoFlex 1TB does work in the 3.0 ports though.
    Regarding my cellphones the Nokia N8 is able to connect in Media Transfer Mode but the rest like the Nokia 7230 and my E63 are not detected at all in any mode. I tried them all..PC Suite,Media transfer,etc.
    I read a post on softpedia about this Windows 8 USB 2.0 and 3.0 Device Issues - Softpedia wish this gets fixed somehow. Not being able to use my USB devices is disappointing.

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I have two Kingston Data Traveler permanently attached to my system and they work perfectly well in W8.
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  3. #3


    Lucknow,India
    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 64-bit Developer Preview


    Which ports you using them in ? And the drivers you have ?
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  4. #4


    Lucknow,India
    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 64-bit Developer Preview


    Yeah I tried my Transcend 4GB and it worked like a charm.
    I guess there is some issue with that specific Flash Drive. Dunno about my Cellphones though...will try something for them too.
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    One thing I noticed in my install of Win8 is that, unlike with Win7, there is no option to safely remove a flash drive. When I click on the green arrow icon, I get the same popup for the device, but it is greyed out. In Win7, I can click the device and safely remove it. So, I have been just pulling out the USB sticks and flash cards -- and so far, this has not posed a problem.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It's an alpha build, so I wouldn't worry to much about that.
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  7. #7


    Australia
    Posts : 584
    Windows 8 Dev Preview x64


    Removing USB devices 'unsafely' is just a load of crap. As long as you are not reading or writing data to them, and a program is not interacting with it, pull it out! :P

    Sounds like OP is having a software problem though, so wait for Beta/RC and see if it gets resolved.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    Removing USB devices 'unsafely' is just a load of crap.
    Not necessarily, Avalon.
    If you have a critical file that you must take to a client meeting, it's best you do all you can to be assured it's on the USB stick.

    Haven't worked much yet in the real world, have you?
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    Removing USB devices 'unsafely' is just a load of crap.
    Not necessarily, Avalon.
    If you have a critical file that you must take to a client meeting, it's best you do all you can to be assured it's on the USB stick.

    Haven't worked much yet in the real world, have you?
    That is a good point. But all you have to make sure is that the write buffer was emptied. And for that it suffices that you wait a few seconds whilst the system idles. But you could also turn off the write caching (you take a small performance hit though).
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    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Indeed, Wolfgang, even so, the action of removing a USB stick in the proper manner (or "safely") does not make the action of doing so "crap" as Avalon alleged.
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