Install Flash Drive in Windows® XP®
Whats is the need of installing flash drive in Windows XP ?
USB flash drive is a commonly used storage device in today’s world .It delivers a high speed data transfer and is very easy to carry. The USB interface is available on all new computers. So, you can easily copy data from any computer and carry it to another computer. Windows XP with service pack 1 supports all versions of USB devices. You just need to plug in the USB flash drive and start using it. You get an auto run pop up box as soon as Windows XP detects the Flash drive and a storage device icon is displayed in ‘My computer’. You can check the 'Device manger' in Windows XP to check if your Flash drive is detected. The flash drive is displayed under storage devices in Device manger. Once you connect the USB device on a computer which has Windows XP, you should dismount the USB Flash drive before you unplug it. You can click on the 'Safe removal' tab on your system tray to dismount the USB flash drive before you remove it. The plug and play feature of Windows XP automatically detects and installs the USB devices. In some cases you might need to install or update the USB drivers.
The reasons for installing a driver for USB drives are mentioned below:
- USB Flash Drives not detected
- Incompatible Flash drive
- USB Expansion cards or Hubs
USB Flash Drives not detected
If the USB Flash Drive is displayed under “unknown devices” in the device manger, then in that case you might need to find the driver for the USB Flash drive and install it on Windows XP. If the drivers are properly installed you can see the USB Flash Drive displayed under Storage devices. USB divers are available for download from the website. Some device drivers are updated when you run a Windows update. If the Flash drive is not detected after the Windows update you need to download and install the updated driver for the flash drive. You can update the BIOS to fix various issues on your computer. You might experience some issues with the USB drives after the BIOS Updation .You need to check if the USB is enabled in BIOS setup and check the USB Flash drive on another computer to make sure that the USB drive is functioning. If it works on another computer, you can download and install the latest version of USB device driver on your computer to fix the issue.
Incompatible Flash drive
Some flash drives work only on latest USB Interfaces. If your USB flash drive is not detected, you need to check the version of service pack you have for Windows XP, if it is below service pack 3 you can update the Windows XP Service pack to the latest version and then download and install the latest USB drivers.
USB Expansion card and Hubs are available in the market. These expansion cards and Hubs allow you to connect more USB devices on your computer .Sometimes a flash drive connected to one of the ports of the expansion card or Hub is not detected as storage device .They are displayed under other devices tab in device manger . In such case you can try to download and install the Windows XP compatible driver for your USB Interface and for the Flash drive if required.