Published: Friday, 08 July 2011
Written by Jon Chandler
The following is from Gary's Blog on EEWeb. Think you know what happened? Click the link at the end to read the read of the blog and learn an important lesson.
How to Destroy Data and Hardware, Wholesale.
Posted Jul 07, 2011 at 4:22 pm
So a nice holiday weekend, I decide to reorganize my home office and set up some extra equipment I had sitting around. I pull everything out, unplug all the cables, and dress everything up nicely. I add a network hub, and set up an old PC that I use occasionally, and added the power wall wart to the USB hub I’d been using. Also fixed and set up a scanner. It all looked great and I had more workspace as well.
After that, I did have a few hours of work to do for a client, and the latest files were on a thumb drive so I plugged that in and sat down to work. Odd, it doesn’t recognize the thumb drive. I try another one, and it doesn’t see that one either. Hmmm, no external USB HD as well. Plugging directly into the PC USB ports doesn’t work either, but my keyboard and mouse are working OK. Ah, I think I’ve heard of this – Win 7 not recognizing USB mass storage devices. A quick check of the Googlenet, confirms that this is probably the problem. Unplug everything, reboot, uninstall/reinstall drivers. Nope. Roll back the last Windows update. Nope. Stumped.
Well, it’s getting late, and I have work to do, I can get the files off the thumb drive on another PC. Plug it in, and* that *PC doesn’t recognize it either. Same for the other thumb drive. What the flock is going on!
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