Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Southwest Ohio, USA
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Many flash drives have software on them that puts files in a "container". On a PC you can still see the files, but they wouldn't show up in your car. The software usually runs transparently so sometimes it's hard to tell that you are using it. If you get two drive letters when you put your flash drive in your computer, you probably have this type of software running.
I'm using a Sandisk Cruzer Fit. A 16GB was $15 with shipping on eBay. It is the smallest flash drive I've ever seen and works great in the Elantra GLS stereo. It looks good because it barely sticks out of the usb port. I have about 1500 songs on it right now and it works fine.
I have a "mp3" folder, and then each album in it's own folder inside the mp3 folder. Maybe the folder structure has some effect? I know there is a low limit of how many folders/files you can have in the root directory.
After I posted I noticed that you had listed the model number of your HP flash drive so I googled it. I don't think there's any software included with it so that's probably not your problem. There are tons of bad reviews though. I bet you just have a flaky flash drive and the Elantra has a compatibility problem with it. Flash drives are so cheap, I would just save the hassle and buy another brand.
Last edited by Cledus; 05-02-2012 at 11:17 PM.