New subscriber Ken Phillips wrote recently to ask for help with his SanDisk flash drive:
I have an 8 Gig Sandisk flash drive .
It stopped working and I tried it in several computers and operating systems and it won’t even light up.
I wrote back to Ken to tell him that I don’t really have any solution for him.
If his flash drive doesn’t work in multiple computers, it sounds like it has been damaged or has a manufacturing flaw.
Ken implies that the flash drive was previously working for him, but that it’s not now. That doesn’t really sound like a manufacturing problem.
However, it’s also possible that the flash drive has a write-protect switch that he’s accidentally turned on (or forgotten that he’s done it). Some models have them, others don’t.
If there is one, it’s usually a tiny slide switch on the side of the drive. You may have to use a pencil, pen, pocket knife or small screwdriver to move the switch.
I suggested that he examine the flash drive for damage that he (or someone else handling it) may have caused. At a time like that, don’t forget to examine the USB connector on the drive. I’ve heard of users damaging their USB device connectors or damaging the connectors on the computer, or both, by forcing a USB device into the connector upside down.
If he doesn’t find any damage to the device, he should check into his warranty status.