External HD and flash drives notrecognized?

By thirdimpact1 ·
The oddest thing happened - my computer suddenly decided, after three years, to no longer recognize my two external hard drives or my four flash drives. None of my six ports recognize them. They don't load. Nothing. Just a little pop up saying something akin to "USB device not recognized by Windows."

Hmmm. Non-storage devices like the printer, scanner, mouse and keyboard, all still work without a hitch on any of the ports. My HDDs and flash drives still work on my other home computer and my laptop so it's not the devices themselves. This is really perplexing because I haven't installed any new software in ages nor have I put in new hardware. This problem just seems so arbitrary! I was using these devices just yesterday, too!

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by shhite In reply to External HD and flash dri ...

Did you install any updates to the OS or any software currently on the machine?

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by ---TK--- In reply to External HD and flash dri ...

right click "my Computer", go to "manage", and go to "Device Manager". there should be a yellow "!" or red "x". I would right click it and choose uninstall. and then allow plug and pray to pick the device up and attempt to reinstall it....

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I'll try that

by thirdimpact1 In reply to I would....

No, I haven't installed anything for the last month. And tkrl26,I'll try that when I get home tonights. I'll report back soon.

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