Hey! Where'd my E: Drive Go, Vista?

I use ReadyBoost in Vista. One day, I went to power up my laptop and when Vista resumed from hibernation I noticed that the light on the USB Flash-memory Device (UFD) was not on. Finding this a bit odd, I jumped into Windows Explorer, double-clicked on the E drive (the letter assigned to the UFD), and was presented with an interesting dialog:

Title: Item Not Found
Text: Could not find this item
This is no longer located in <%3 NULL:OpText>.
Verify the item's location and try again.
Removable Disk

Try Again Cancel

So I looked at the back of my laptop to verify the item's location, and deciding that the item was still there I clicked "Try Again". (I know, I know - not really what the person who wrote the message for the dialog intended...) I don't recall if the dialog dismissed and another instance reappeared, or if it was just that nothing happened. Either way, I wasn't getting anywhere. I unplugged the UFD, and plugged it back in again and things were fine.

A few days later, the same thing happened. I suspect I'll be dealing with this for a while.

Procedurally, I hate to think that I'm going to have to eject the device prior to hibernating, and then plug the device in again when Vista resumes - that's too tedious for my tastes. ReadyBoost would have to have a significant impact on performance for me to go through that rigamarole, and at this point I'm just not convinced that's the case.

Anyone else coping with %3 NULL:OpText? How are you dealing with it?



Otter said...

I feel your pain. I had the same experience with my FirefoxPortableSettings.ini file. Moved some files from the portable drive and the .ini file never showed up. It was replaced by the error box it seems. Another file lost to the "Microsoft Zone" -Otter

Anonymous said...

I have the same cryptic message.

Mine has now stopped working completely. Dont put anything important on it.....!

michaelbag said...

Well... I have the same dialog in Windows Vista (Russian) in very interesting situation. Go to network drive (samba, Linux) like this \\srv then go in read/write accessory folder and try to create new folder or file... and boom... Have this dialog. Help solve problem... please.
Need to mark that i able to do this operation using another network file source on Windows 2000 (second file server).

lgermiquet said...

you can restore your e:drive by starting system restore. I just restored back to Jan 12 2010 and my e drive has been reinstalled. I think microsoft is slipping nasty installs into the auto updates it feeds us, so that we all decide to move to windows 7.

«/\/\Ø|ö±ò\/»®© said...

Hi lgermiquet,

When I had the problem, I could get around it by unplugging the drive, and plugging it back in, if I recall. Of course, I'm on to 7 now, and have not experienced the same issue...