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Usb Ports Not Showing In Windows Explorer


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#1 jimsjm

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:44 AM

After doing a reinstall of my C drive from a backup, my USB ports are not showing up in Windows Explorer

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:11 AM

Have you looked in the Device Manager to see if there are any problems with the drivers?

Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Device Manager.

The Universal Serial Bus controllers should be at the bottom of the list.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:29 AM

Hi. Are you sure you had USB ports showing in Windows Explorer? The only place I remember seeing any information about USB is in Device Manager.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:08 AM

I gather when you say USB device and explorer you are refering to a USB flash disk.
USB devices will not show up in explorer until they are plugged in. This will allocate a drive letter to the device that is connected. I would say the first thing to do will be to plug the USB device in and goto Start>Run>compmgmt.msc
Expand Storage section. Click on Disk Management. Check to see if the USB device is showing as a Disk. It could be that the USB device is not allocated a drive letter. This can be due to a mapped drive being used as a letter that was previously used for a USB drive. This will then stop the USB from grabbing the correct drive letter. If this is the case right click on the Un Assigned drive and click Assign Drive Letter. It will give you the option for availaible drive letters.
When this is done the drive should become functional.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:37 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions. The card shows up in Computer Disk Management. All of the USB's are showing in Device Manager. It is just not showing in Windows Explorer, so that I can use it.
Windows Explorer used to show and assign drive letters to all of the USB ports, now it doesn't , even when something is plugged into the port, like a flash card.
If I assign a letter to the drive in Computer Management then it thinks it is permanent and will continually flash low disk space for the flash card.

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 02:27 PM

I found a fix that works for those with the same problem:

http://www.computingsuccesssecrets.com/com...ndows-explorer/




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