Question

  • Creator
    Topic
  • #2213657

    USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

    Locked

    by healer ·

    USB drive ports do not show up on Windows Explorer with my Windows systems until a USB stick is inserted. It would then show up as a Removable Disk.

    Why do some systems always show all USB drive ports as Removable Disks regardless of whether any USB sticks are inserted?

All Answers

  • Author
    Replies
    • #3029589

      Clarifications

      by healer ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      Clarifications

    • #3029571

      Try this out for your USB issue(s)…

      by peconet tietokoneet ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      • #3027233

        I think

        by healer ·

        In reply to Try this out for your USB issue(s)…

        you misunderstood my question. I have come across some Windows computers that show USB drives on Windows Explorer even though nothing is inserted in the drives. My computers however wouldn’t show any USB drive until a USB stick is inserted. Why? Has there anything got to do with any settings?

    • #3029566

      It is that way.

      by mehulnpatel ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      It will show only when USB stick is inserted and will show as removable as it is removable!!!???

      • #3027231

        That’s what I believe

        by healer ·

        In reply to It is that way.

        as that is what I have found on all of my computers. Then one day I found some computers in a computer club show the USB drives on the Windows Explorer regardless.

    • #3027357

      Card Reader

      by willcomp ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      PCs which continually show assigned logical drives on USB port(s) have a memory card reader installed which uses a single USB port. That is normal when a card reader with several slots is installed.

      • #3027230

        I will check that

        by healer ·

        In reply to Card Reader

        but why? Are you saying that USB ports will show up on the Windows Explorer regardless where a card reader is installed?

    • #3027245

      Re: USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      A USB port isn’t a drive. A drive can be attached there but as long as there is no drive attached it is just an unused port.
      There is no such thing as a USB port with a permanent drive letter. Card Readers have drive letters because the drive is always there and only the media comes and goes like in a CD/DVD drive.

      Uwe

      • #3027228

        But I do see some computers

        by healer ·

        In reply to Re: USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

        have a permanent drive letter on each of its USB port.

        • #3027213

          Re: But I do see some computers

          by Anonymous ·

          In reply to But I do see some computers

          Believe me, this is impossible. No drive, no drive letter.
          Maybe this computer had an internal card reader or a printer with a card reader and therefore shown some “Removable” drives.

          Uwe Sieber

        • #3029133

          Are you saying that

          by healer ·

          In reply to Re: But I do see some computers

          installation of a card reader will cause the show-up of all USB ports even though no USB stick is inserted?

          They are definitely USB ports as I can see.

        • #3029064

          Re: Are you saying that

          by Anonymous ·

          In reply to Are you saying that

          No. I think what you have seen are the drive letters of a card reader’s card slots.
          If you attach a USB drive it will get an additional drive letter.

        • #3029025

          There are

          by healer ·

          In reply to Re: Are you saying that

          three of them. Are you saying that if the computer has a six-in-one card reader, then there will be six permanent drive? If that is what you meant, I shall check.

        • #3028986

          Never seen more than five

          by Anonymous ·

          In reply to There are

          The maximum number of logical card slots of a USB cardreader I have seen so far is five.
          Even if there are more slots, some slots might share the electrical contacts, so they cannot be used at the same time, for instance a normal SD slot and a Mini SD slot.

        • #3028970

          Uwe Sieber missed saying it in the above explaination…

          by darryl~ ·

          In reply to There are

          But yes…it would display the same number of drives as the card reader….so, if you had a 3 in 1 card reader…it would display 3 additional drives.

    • #3027226

      You can download this little program “USBDeview”..

      by peconet tietokoneet ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      This will show you ALL of your USB connections plus others, it is not what you are looking for but it is more detailed for you. It comes in either 32 bit or 64 bit versions. It is freeware.
      Scroll down to the end of the page and you will see the links to click on for the download.

      http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

      Or download here:
      http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usbdeview.zip

      64 bit here:

      http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usbdeview-x64.zip

    • #3027221

      You can use “SPTD” to see if that works for you…

      by peconet tietokoneet ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      Read and Download here (32 or 64 bit versions):
      http://www.duplexsecure.com/downloads

    • #3029055

      Not as common

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      But the user hasn’t set external HDD or Thumb Drives with Permanent Drive Letters have they?

      That can cause some screwy thing to happen with some Windows Systems. 😉

      Col

      • #3029029

        Not

        by healer ·

        In reply to Not as common

        that I know of. I shall check.

    • #3028874

      Drive letters

      by bimal_kumar_sanghi ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      Yes. It has to do with Card readers and USB sticks

      Most card readers installed will have a drive letter assigned
      But you can make the drive letters disappear I believe. There are some settings that need to be changed. I believe it is in the Folder Options. Hide drive letters when nothing is inserted. (is in Windows 7). Not sure of other O/S

      • #3027635

        I understand that

        by healer ·

        In reply to Drive letters

        the option only hides empty card reader, not empty USB ports.

    • #3027601

      want to know the logic behind what is a USB drive vs what is a USB port?

      by cg it ·

      In reply to USB Drive port shown as Removable Disk?

      Think TheChas could better explain the theory behind the universal serial buss in conjunction with plug and play devices and the theory behind what is considered a logical drive in x86 architecture and how operating systems recognize and use “drives”.

      But what everyone here posting is saying is that the universal serial buss is a “port” where a “port” is defined as “something” that plugs into it.

      A “drive” is a storage container.

      For a computer to be able to use a storage container, it first must know about it. That’s where universal serial buss and plug and play “software” comes in.

Viewing 9 reply threads