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USB mass storage wont show up

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USB mass storage wont show up

kingofjokes1999
I have looked at several sites for an answer and they only partially apply to me.. i plug in my usb storage device and it wont show up on 'my computer' it will show up in device manager and yet it wont show up in the computer management. i have used it before on this computer and another but now it wont and i already have it formatted and i have items on the device too. its properties say that it is all working and the drivers are fine.. it just wont show up anywhere other than the device manager and i cant access it.. can anyone help out on this please?
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retro77
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Is this on a school computer? They may have locked it down.

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kingofjokes1999
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its on my home computer

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Chris910
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--Right-click My computer
--select manage
--select disk management
--in the bottom right pane select the Drive with no assigned drive letter
--right-click it and select "change drive letter and paths"
--Click on change and select an unused drive letter

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kingofjokes1999
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thats a problem.. it wont show up in the disk management.. only things that show is my hard drive and my dvd drive.. not the usb

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Chris910
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Have you tried deleting it from device manager? (you should remove the drive and reboot the workstation prior to reinstalling)

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kingofjokes1999
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just tried it and it still doing the same thing

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qmsa
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I'm having the same problem. Did you manage to get a
solution?

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usinguru
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Your solution worked great. And i also disconnected the duplicate mapped drive and unplugged and plugged in again , then followed your instruction by renaming to the available port (Desired). Now you needto restart.
http://usinguru.blogspot.com/2008/12/usb-mass-storage-wont-show-up.html#links

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OldER Mycroft
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Perhaps now is the time to make sure it does actually STILL work on another computer.

If it does - transfer the files on THAT computer.

Problem solved.

You can then continue to battle with it to get it recognised in Disk Management but the worry of the files will be gone.

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normhaga
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There is a family of virus that is going around that removes the USB and other fixed and removable drives from the registry in an attempt to prevent you from installing malware removal products. I would first suggest you run a virus check followed by a spyware check and then look on the web to replace them in the registry.