Sony Micro Vault Pro USD8G capacity 8GB model flash drive is not recognized by Windows XP 32bit, Vista 32 bit or Windows 7 64 bit

Nothing shows up when I open My Computer after plugging the drive. If I
plug any other USB drive, they are recognized(and seen as External Drive G:  ) so I know the USB ports are working fine. No other network drive is mapped which could cause name conflict.

In device manager, the message is the device cannot start Code 10.
Went to Disk Management, but the disk is not seen.
Ran the Microsoft Fixit tool from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310123, but it did not help.

Tried updating the driver for USB drive, but Windows(after searching on the Web) claims best driver is already installed for the device. I don't notice an updated driver at http://www.sony.net/Products/Media/Microvault/products/usd/index.html

I am running Windows 7 professional 64bit. Tried opening the flash drive on
Windows Vista 32 bit, Windows XP 32 bit, but there also it is not recognized as an external drive.

The data recovery tools Recuva cannot work since Windows does not recognize the drive. User has some data which needs to be recovered. He claims that it was working fine last week on his home computer. He tried using it in his home computer now which also does not recognize it.

Tried Paragon System Recover CD to see if it can recognize the drive as connected, but it could not. Attempted using Ultimate boot CD to check if it would recognize the drive, but it does not. When the drive is plugged, the light on flash drive is on as if the device is in use. The flash drive does not appear to have any physical damage

What else can I try other than sending it to a data recovery firm?

Sounds like you've covered the bases - if it won't work in multiple computers or multiple operating systems, the drive is almost certainly dead beyond the ability of a non-professional to recover the data from it.

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Thanks, using UVCView program, I can see that Windows is communicating with the USB device and retrieves some information which is posted below.

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English product name: "Sony USB Storage"

ConnectionStatus:
Current Config Value: 0x01 -> Device Bus Speed: High
Device Address: 0x02
Open Pipes: 2

===>Endpoint Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x07
bDescriptorType: 0x05
bEndpointAddress: 0x81 -> Direction: IN - EndpointID: 1
bmAttributes: 0x02 -> Bulk Transfer Type
wMaxPacketSize: 0x0200 = 0x200 max bytes
bInterval: 0x00

===>Endpoint Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x07
bDescriptorType: 0x05
bEndpointAddress: 0x02 -> Direction: OUT - EndpointID: 2
bmAttributes: 0x02 -> Bulk Transfer Type
wMaxPacketSize: 0x0200 = 0x200 max bytes
bInterval: 0x00

===>Device Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x12
bDescriptorType: 0x01
bcdUSB: 0x0200
bDeviceClass: 0x00 -> This is an Interface Class Defined Device
bDeviceSubClass: 0x00
bDeviceProtocol: 0x00
bMaxPacketSize0: 0x40 = (64) Bytes
idVendor: 0x054C = Sony Corporation
idProduct: 0x027D
bcdDevice: 0x0100
iManufacturer: 0x01
English (United States) "SONY"
iProduct: 0x02
English (United States) "Sony USB Storage"
iSerialNumber: 0x03
English (United States) "M01070110103249"
bNumConfigurations: 0x01

===>Configuration Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x09
bDescriptorType: 0x02
wTotalLength: 0x0020 -> Validated
bNumInterfaces: 0x01
bConfigurationValue: 0x01
iConfiguration: 0x00
bmAttributes: 0x80 -> Bus Powered
MaxPower: 0xF9 = 498 mA

===>Interface Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x09
bDescriptorType: 0x04
bInterfaceNumber: 0x00
bAlternateSetting: 0x00
bNumEndpoints: 0x02
bInterfaceClass: 0x08 -> This is a Mass Storage USB Device Interface Class
bInterfaceSubClass: 0x06
bInterfaceProtocol: 0x50
iInterface: 0x00

===>Endpoint Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x07
bDescriptorType: 0x05
bEndpointAddress: 0x81 -> Direction: IN - EndpointID: 1
bmAttributes: 0x02 -> Bulk Transfer Type
wMaxPacketSize: 0x0200 = 0x200 max bytes
bInterval: 0x00

===>Endpoint Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x07
bDescriptorType: 0x05
bEndpointAddress: 0x02 -> Direction: OUT - EndpointID: 2
bmAttributes: 0x02 -> Bulk Transfer Type
wMaxPacketSize: 0x0200 = 0x200 max bytes
bInterval: 0x00

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