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    Default USB drive not accessible in Windows Explorer

    plugged in an usb drive into one of the usb ports.
    presence is recognized by windows and is said to be working properly. shows up under device manager too.
    drive does exists, as it shows up when "open" or "save as" etc options were prompted.
    typing the drive letter in explorer's address bar opens up the disk too.
    however, drive does not show up under windows explorer under my computer.


    is this a driver problem?
    cause i encountered this problem recently too... and had someone repair my computer for me.
    was solved then as a driver problem... the driver was reinstalled but now the problem's here again...

    (or bug? but rebooting with the memory stick plugged in doesn't solve the problem...)

    any help~? ><
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    btw, memory stick works fine on other pc.

    tried on all the usb ports on the computer, with a few different memory sticks/usb cables, but same problem exists.

    and pc does not have any mapped drives.
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    This might help:

    http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/w...um/126083.html

    Original Message
    Name: somata
    Date: January 23, 2005 at 13:46:58 Pacific
    Subject: USB flash drive not in My Computer
    OS: Win XP Home SP2
    CPU/Ram: AthlonXP 1800+/768MB
    System Manufacturer: Custom
    Comment:

    I have this problem where USB removable storage devices do not show up in My Computer. The drive is recognized by the system, and I can access it through an application's Open command, but the only way to access the drive in Explorer is through Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management->Explore. If a drive in connected while the system starts up, it will show up, but then it won't dissappear if the drive is removed.

    I have tried three different USB drives and they all exhibit the same problem. The drives are being assigned unique drive letters, and even if I try to change the letter to something really obscure via Disk Management, the drive still won't show up. If I boot in safe mode, the drives show up just fine, but I'm not sure how I can use that info.

    The funny thing is, I had this problem a couple years ago, and somehow it resolved itself. I don't know exactly when it started happening again, but I'm thinking it might be related to upgrading to SP2. Normally I would use system restore, but the earliest restore points are after the USB problem started (my system restore was misbehaving until recently). I've tried perusing the registry, looking for relavant entries, but without knowing where to look, that isn't really getting anywhere. Any ideas?
    Response Number 7
    Name: somata
    Date: January 25, 2005 at 20:51:38 Pacific
    Subject: USB flash drive not in My Computer
    Reply:

    Good news! I closed down all non-essential processes (and there were alot of them ) and now the drives behave as they should as I disconnect and reconnect them. I don't know exactly which process made the difference, but I will post back tomorrow with the info in case anybody else ever has this problem. Thanks everybody for your suggestions.


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    thanks for the reply (:

    think i've seen this before too... but it's not a long-term solution.


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    have you tried using the device on another computer? it could be the devices' software


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