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USB disks - how to remount without reinserting?

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:00 AM

I ran into a problem the other day. I left the office with my USB stick left in my computer. I had ejected it before I left, got distracted, then went home without it. I needed some docs so from home I logged in remotely (VPN) and found the drive inacessible. I could not find a way to "remount" the drive. I even tried to reboot my office computer remotely, logged back on but it was still not recognized. Couldn't find an answer searching the interwebz. Is this possible to do?

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:06 AM

You can use Device Manager


Under Universal Serial Bus controllers, right click, disable/enable one by one, until you find the right one...


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:27 AM

Unfortunately it didn't work for me. (Windows XP). It keeps sayings "Please insert a disk into drive F:". I disabled/enabled each one (found out which one was my mouse too) and checked. Nope. Then I even rebooted but it still didn't recognize it.


Seems this would be easier than it is. I guess the moral of this story is going to be: never eject your USB disks. :/

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 02:06 PM

I would go to USB controllers...uninstall each item with the word "controller" in it....don't bother with anything else...then reboot Windows.


The items under USB with "controller" in the description are the USB drivers...rebooting automatcally causes Windows to install new ones if they have been uninstalled.


You have to uninstall the USB drivers one at a time, with the reboot coming affter you have uninstalled the last driver.



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