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PC's usb ports not detecting usb or removable devices

Q: PC's usb ports not detecting usb or removable devices


My Problem:
Okay this is the problem, my usb ports dont seem to read my usb device, theres nothing wrong with the ports because when the computer is booting up the flash drive flickers as if it were active, but when in windows it doesnt detect it.
Another problem i have is that, in Device manager there is no Serial and bus controllers tab,

Any ideas?

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A: PC's usb ports not detecting usb or removable devices

- What is the make and model of your computer?

- Which operating system are you running?

/* Edit */ - Ooops, never mind. I see you have already included a system profile.

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A little background info:
I had a friend of mine build this PC for me a few days ago, its custom. 
This is the motherboard I bought (new): Z-97A
I did a lot of upgrades so we had to do a custom install, I chose the default location to the same drive as my original W7 OS was on.
I installed all the drivers that came with the motherboard and all windows updates.
Even if they are not recognized the devices still get power (like my phone will charge but the PC doesnt know what it is or even see it as unknown)
While gaming 2 nights ago one of my presumed dead USB ports that didnt read my Sennheiser headsets randomly began to read it & automatically installed drivers for it after I was initially unable to get it to detect before. So it just kinda came "alive" on its own you could say
I've attached screenshots of my devices and printers and device manager

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4 weird things about the devices and printers list:
You will see in devices and printers it says I have 3 Keyboards, I only have the one on the far left.
I Only have 1 Playstation controller
When my Sennheisers were detected I immediately installed the drivers for them from their website but now it shows up as "Unspecified". Before my reinstall of windows I am pretty sure it listed in the devices category with a picture of the headset.
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A:Some USB ports not detecting devices + Duplicate devices showing

FWIW:  Duplicate devices may appear...if one device is used to install...and a different one is used later, IME.
The ximple way to remove any apparent dupes...is to delete them via Device Manager (including the use currently installed)...then reboot and reinstall the drivers if they are not automatically reinstalled by Windows.
Device Manager typically reflects such items on a given system, see Remove Unused Drivers and Devices - http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsXP/UserTips/TroubleShooting/RemoveUnusedDriversandDevices.html .
I have no answer for your USB questions, it appears that the right drivers are installed.  You might take a look at

USB port may stop working after removing or inserting USB device - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817900/en-us

USB Problems, MS FixIt - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Tips-for-solving-problems-with-USB-devices

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Hi all, it's friday the 13th and on cue i have another weird one i have a PC that does not detect any USB device connected to it though i know power runs through since it can charge my cell phone. here is what i have so far: 1. WinXP home SP2, P4 2.63Ghz, Gigabyte 81845GVM-RZ, 256 DDR400. 2. have uninstalled all usb root hubs and rebooted 3. 2 ports at the front of the case and 2 at the rear, plus (here's the punchline) 2 ports from a PCI add on card. NONE of them work. 4. USB controller is enabled in BIOS. 5. while my cell phone charges blissfully, the power tab of all root hub properties still shows 0mA 6. i've tried clearing CMOS 7. i've done a repair (NOT full/format) installation of the OS 8. to try and isolate the issue, i've tried booting from miniPE (a WinPE variation) while a USB flash drive was plugged in, it's worked for me before, nogo here either. what have i missed? not sure about changes made to the system prior to this since it's someone elses and they can't say for sure either. i'd settle for it being a mobo issue and recommend they trash it, but an add on card too? please help guys, you've saved my posterior before, so i'm counting on you. thanks.

A:Solved: USB Ports Not detecting devices...Please Help!!

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I'm running windows 7...
I have 4 usb ports on the back, two on the front
All usb ports appear to be giving power, i can charge things (except ipod), but no devices get recognized in windows
So yesterday i plugged my camera into my computer and it cause my mouse to turn off. After which i plug my mouse into a different usb slot which seem to work. After a while i notice though that my mouse would lag and cause my computer to not response for a few seconds every once in a while... The next day when i came to my pc i notice my keyboard was turned off... I tried to move it to different ports and in every port i would get "Device not Recognized or malfunctioning..." No usb device gets recognized anymore, except my razor mouse, for some reason this gets identified.

Right now i have no keyboard and i can't go into my bios or re-install my OS... I tried putting BOTH my keyboard and mouse into usb-ps/2 converters but when i plug them into the ps2 ports nothing happens... no windows device sounds, nothing happens...

I tried uninstalling my usb controllers from device manager, as well as manual install my dell keyboard drivers (NEITHER DID ANYTHING)

I'm pretty much lost for ideas here...

A:USB ports stopped detecting devices... except mouse

PS/2 ports are, I think, not plug and play. Try shutting down the system and then boot with the keyboard/mouse plugged into the PS/2.

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I have dell inspiron 5520 and previously windows 7 was installed on it and now I have clean installed windows 10, after installation i noticed that usb ports are no longer detecting devices. In the device manager i can see exclamation mark on USB xHCI compliant host controller with error code 10. It must be some driver problem. I tried every solution on the internet related to this problem but all in vain. Please help its really frustrating and disappointing.
I have tried following solutions so far:

uninstall driver and restart
installed windows updates
downloaded drivers from vendor's site
updated bios

A friend of mine has same laptop with windows 10 and his ports are working.

A:Usb ports giving power but not detecting devices at all.

Open device manager and uninstall or remove the host controller then shutdown and reboot the computer. Windows should recognize the controller and install drivers.

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I have a UAD Apollo Twin Mk II TB audio interface. I have a couple TB cables that I've tried with the same results. Use an Akitio T3T TB3 to TB/TB2 adapter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M04U186/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Has always worked without issue until trying on this laptop. Just tried on a different computer and works fine. Latest BIOS 1.19. After a clean install of Windows, install all drivers and make sure they are up to date. Thunderbolt icon appears in the notification area. Plug in the Apollo and power it on. It is recognized. Select "Always recognize" or whatever it is as opposed "Just this once" or "Never". Install the UAD software, or not... the outcome is the same. Restart. Log back in to Windows. Thunderbolt icon no longer appears. Open it manually. Says device isn't conected despite it being connected and powered on. Try different TB3 ports. Remove device from list of approved devices in TB3 software. Uninstall and reinstall the TB3 drivers. Remove any mention of the device from registry. Result is the same. Won't say it is plugged in. Did a clean install of Windows... read the previous paragraph over... same thing. Anyway, any idea what is going on here? Honestly, about to return the thing. Between this issue and and the +30 hours spent trying to get dual boot working, to no avail, with every combination of UEFI Only w/o CSM, UEFI Only w/ CSM, Legacy Only (all without Secure Boot) and Ubuntu Des... Read more

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I have a Dell XPS 8000 with a 4 in 1 card reader. I also have a DVD and a Blu Ray drive installed in the computer.

But in the descriptions in Computer, I get this:

BD-RE Drive (G SD/mini-MMS/RS

I have even moved the two drives off of the SATA ports built into the motherboard to a Startech SATA III PCI card, but this behavior continues. I have even deleted the 4 drives in device manager and had windows reinstall them. I have also unassigned and reassigned drive letters to the card readers. Nothing I have done fixes the situation completely.

The only progress I have made is that after moving the drives to the PCI card ports, I can put a disc into either drive and it will read it, and the description will change and drop the card reader description. But the other drive will keep the wrong drive description.

What can I do to fix this?

A:Devices with removable storage combining devices?

That is supposed to be colon and a closed parenthesis on the drive letters, not smilies.

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When I start my computer, it detects 4 removable disks (f,h,e,g) but there aren't any. my hard drive failed so i replaced it and installed a new windows. At boot up, it detects removable disks as if they were connected, but nothing is...

A:computer detecting removable disks at start up

Do you have a storage card reader installed?

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I've just switch over from fresh install of W10 that was supposed to be my daily driver, back to W7 and because I didn't made image CD's of W7 like moran that I am, now I have to set it up all over again. I thought I've done it like I did before wiping my SSD and switching to W10 but it turns out that I haven't because this time my OS does not recognize any removable drives like Thumb drives, ext HDD's or my phone. I beat that it has something to do with driver for the chipset on my motherboard. Which is amd 9 series. But the case is that I did install it. I went to manufacturer's web site, dl appropriate driver(mb_driver_chipset_amd9series_win) and rune it. For a minute it worked as I could see any ext drive I hooked up to my PC, but that was till reboot. When I switch my PC off for the night and started it up today, first I was greeted by the message that displays before windows starts to load up saying that system is checking integrity of the files on disk c. I saw it deleted some entries and windows started. Since then OS is unable to detect any ext drives.
What's going on here? Why is this happening and what I did wrong this time?

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I have a Dell Inspirion 537S. A few weeks ago I went to plug in my MP3 to charge using one of the 2 USB ports on the front of computer. I use one for my wireless mouse and that is fine. But it is not being recognized by my computer. same goes when I plug in my camera to download pictures. I check on the My Computer page and it is not there. I even tried switching the ports however it made no difference. Can anyone give me advise/suggestions?

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When I open My Computer,under Devices With Removable Storage,it has 6 entries. They are Floppy Disk Drive [A]---Removable Disk [F]---Removable Disk [H]---DVD RW Drive [E]---Removable Disk [G]---Removable Disk . I know how to use Drive [A],and DVD RW Drive [E]. I have only on drawer to place a Disk, So how would you burn? Also with the 4 removable Disk,How would you use them? I have an Acer Computer. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You

A:Devices With Removable Storage

The number of removable drives has nothing to do with the steps for burning a CD. You haven't done this before?

The removable drives are probably assigned to various flash media slots.

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I have just setup a medium sized network and wanted to cut down on the possibility of viruses and other nasty things from causing problems. Someone mentioned to me that disabling removable devices would help but I don't know how to do this or if it really works. So I would like some information on how to disable removable devices in Windows 7 and if doing so will actually work since I don't know.

A:Diasable Removable Devices


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I got a new desktop just under 2 months ago. It's not a big deal but it can bug me sometimes. This is what My Computer looks like:

OS C: is the primary internal HDD.
Local Disk L: is my 320GB external HDD.
DVD RW D: is my one and only CD/DVD drive.

E:, F:, G: and H: drives are non existent as physical drives installed on the computer, but they appear as options within the menu. How do I get rid of these if they don't even exist?

Windows 7 64-bit

A:Extra removable devices??

Do you have a printer connected to the computer or any memory card slots on your computer?

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Hello, I am new to windows so please be kind :)

I connect my usb disk but it does not show up in "my computer". Is there a command like "dmesg" that shows a log of devices detected? How can I find out _why_ my usb disk is not mounting?

any help loved, thanks!

A:Where can I see a log of removable devices detected?

In Event Viewer (via Administrative Tools) there's some log with the ending node Framework??.

It shows external USB devices being connected (power on) and disconnected (power off), but IIRC, it will NOT show USB thumb drives (maybe different power requirements).

Device Manager will also show all your USB ports and if it is recognized, you should see it there if you wade through the tree.

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I click start, then My Computer and find my devices with removable storage are not showing. Only DVD-RW Drive E is showing, where is F, G, H, I and J? If I restart my computer, they come back, but I'd like to know why they disappear, and how I can get them back without having to restart. I am using Windows xp. Thanks.

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I have an acer with vista business that had the elock program installed. It had locked the E drive and USB ports. I uninstalled the program, and now everything works just fine. My problem is that the icon for the E and F drives is the generic icon. If I change the drive letter to G or after, the correct icon is displayed. A minor issue, but when I use the USB port it automatically uses drive F and uses the generic icon. The problem only occurs on drives E and F Any suggestions?

A:Removable Storage Devices

Hi jlamb,

Welcome to Vista Forum.

You might try one of these methods to change the F: drive icon to one you want instead.

Drive Icon Change

Hope it helps,

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Hi I Just made a new computer and every thing is working great. Jut one thing that is a little Irritating. When I click on my computer and you see Devices with Removable Storage. I see 31/2 floppy (A), DVD- Ram Drive (D), Removable Disk (F), Removable Disk (G), Removable Disk (H), Removable Disk (I), Removable Disk (J). My old computer would show just the floppy and the DVD but the rest would not show until you put in the USB stick or the SD card in then it would show up.

This way it is easier to identify witch one you have put in. Other wise It it is looking like this Removable Disk (M) then if your not looking good you will have to click on all of them.

Is there a way to do this?

A:Devices with Removable Storage

on my computer, it is the same thing. Even is there is no media in the the Media Reader Slots, they still show up, How ever with a media card inserted it shows a capacity bar much the same as the hard drives, so you can identify which media slot is occupied from that.

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Hi there.I am having problems with my usb ports not showing my removable devices at all.not even unrecognizable just nothing at all.I cannot get into the bios cause it has a password on it that is unknown.I am running a compaq presario 2500 notebook with winxp sp2.can anyone tell my what my options are?the devices im trying to plugin are a mp3 player and a camera.

Thanks in advance.

A:usb not showing removable devices

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In Vista, in My Computer under "devices with removable storage" for some reason there are some drives listed that were not there before:

DVD RW Drive (D this is always showing now but only used to when I actually had a disc inserted if I remember correctly

BD-ROM Drive (F
BD-ROM Drive (G

these 2 were never there before and don't know why they are there now. Nothing happens when I hit eject on these 2 and when I dbl click it just asks me to insert a disc. How do I make these disappear and why are they there?

A:Removable storage devices

Do you have SD slots on the front of your computer? (For cameras)

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So I have this weird problem with my PC where any sort of removable storage or music device I connect to my PC through any USB port, shows up saying that it needs to be reformatted and then if I try to reformat it it says that it cant do it.

I have tried this with 2 flash drives that work on other computers and an Ipod that is perfectly fine. It says that the Ipod is corrupt or something and wont work on Windows.

Obviously there is something wrong with my PC, but I'm not sure where the problem is coming from. I already have a USB mouse and a USB cord for my keyboard that I leave plugged in permanently and they dont seem to be effected. It seems like anything that is showing up on my PC as a storage device or drive, automatically needs to be reformatted but I cant actually do it.

This is a real problem, I need to be able to move files on a flash drive for school and its currently not possible. thank you in advance for any advice.

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I would like to restrict certain USB removable storage devices from an un-networked Windows XP Professional SP3 desktop. This is the sort of system where a virus or other malware would be very inconvenient.

I would like to allow certain USB hard drives to have read-write-whatever privileges, all other USB removable storage devices to get no privileges, and all other devices to be unaffected. I would like this to be applied to all three accounts (Administrator, Normal, and ASP).

The problem is, the hard drives will have to be replaced from time to time in order to minimise "spontaneous" failure. This means that the solution provided by Microsoft will not be ideal.

I can't use the "Administrator Only" functions because the owner shares the Administrator password with all of his employees. I have explained to him time and time again why this is a Very Bad Idea, and I don't know why I bothered.

If anyone has any ideas, they will be considered.

A:Restict Certain USB Removable Storage Devices

I went through something similar a few months ago trying to combat company espionage. The best I could do was prevent ALL USB storage or nothing. This was on a Win7 machine which has some built in policies for this. For Win XP I couldn't find one. All I have in my notes for XP is a registry key to disable USB storage devices globally. I'd be interested in hearing other ideas as well.

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Up until recently, it was a simple, straightforward procedure to
transfer files to and from a memory stick or digital camera via any USB
port on my desktop. The stick or camera appear in Windows Explorer under Control Panel/Portable Media Device. Since installing SP2, however, when I attempt to access their files, nothing shows up, and when I attempt to move or copy files to them, a STOP symbol is displayed. Other USB devices work normally, and both the memory stick and camera work normally on my laptop and appear as removable disks, as they did on my previous desktop.

Following advice so far: fully updated system (including drivers), virus and spyware checked, disabled suspicious-looking services--which has not resulted in any other problem. What next?
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name GLASER
System Manufacturer INTELR
System Model AB60
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2605 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2605 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 7/11/2003
SMBIOS Version 2.2
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name GLASER\Bill
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
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A:Removable Storage Devices not working

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Could anyone please tell me why when i use my USB memory stick it seems to take an absolute age to copy.It seems to spend ages calculating time needed then is so slow.

Never was like this XP, seemed so fast.

Anyone any ideas

A:removable storage devices and vista

If you are using a new VISTA machine it should work as fast as your XP machine. If you 'upgraded' to VISTA then possibly you have a Driver issue, i.e. your computer no longer knows it's using USB 2.0 and thinks it can only go USB 1.0 speeds. If that is the case you might be seeing a message saying "USB 2.0 device on USB 1.0 port".

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The DVD drives in my machine do not show up in the removable devices section of Explorer under Computer. They are listed under the hard drives section and there is no removable devices section shown.
Some of my applications cannot detect that there is a DVD drive attached to the system because of this.
As an related problem, USB devices do not show as removable storage also.
I've tried re-installing the devices for the DVD drives but no change to the situation.
Can anyone suggest a solution? The problem has persisted since I did a clean install of Win 7 Pro.

A:DVD drives not showing as removable devices

Quote: Originally Posted by steveci

The DVD drives in my machine do not show up in the removable devices section of Explorer under Computer. They are listed under the hard drives section and there is no removable devices section shown.
Some of my applications cannot detect that there is a DVD drive attached to the system because of this.
As an related problem, USB devices do not show as removable storage also.
I've tried re-installing the devices for the DVD drives but no change to the situation.
Can anyone suggest a solution? The problem has persisted since I did a clean install of Win 7 Pro.

Hi Steve and welcome
This might be as simple as a driver. Can you go into device manager (type device manager is search) and check the dvd drive tab. Is your device listed? does it have a yellow explanation on top?

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When I try to access any removable storage device (DVD, pendrive, memory stick using a flash card reader) on my Windows Vista Business, I always get a "access is denied" message. And now all the removable devices listed on Windows have a red "not allowed" symbol (as you can see here: http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/8504/problemadc4.jpg )

I believe the problem started when Windows froze while the computer was reading a memory stick, so I had to reboot it using directly the power button. Before that, everything was working fine (and they're still working under Linux).

I have already tried to reinstall both the flash card reader and the dvd drive, and it didn't help. I did a chkdsk too. My guess is that it has something to do with the removable storage manager or something like that.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Problem with removable storage devices

On the keyboard, press the windows key + r, in the run box, type gpedit.msc, click ok, expand Administrative Templates, System, Removable Storage Access. Check if any policies are configured. Under CD and DVD: Deny Read Access, and : Deny Write Access, try disabling them. Reboot any see if access is allowed now to the DVD drive.

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Sir, i recently updated my pc tp a newer verion of windows8.1, but immediately after update its not showing any extenal devices which are connected to it.I have updated it once more, restarted it twice, scanned through windows defender but its still not working..so help me out of this

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Hi all,

I've recently purchased a new PC running Windows 7 Home Premium. Everything is running like a dream except I have five devices with removable storage showing in My Computer. All I have attached is a WD External Hard Drive which I have assigned to E: changing my CD drive to K:

Is there any particular reason why these 5 additional unknown devices have appeared and can they be safely removed?

Many thanks in advance

A:Unknown Devices with Removable Storage

Include your system specs so us helpers can look up your system on the internet - motherboard, video card etc.

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Where can i find my devices with removable storages?
All i have is the DVD RW Drive (D I could have sworn i had 2 more.
I'm missing these two because i reinstalled vista on my computer, please help.

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I have a machine on which xp is installed at the momen, it has some big files and all datat is scattered here and there, So, no chance I can format it completely, though I installed the xp-repair install which fixes the system32 errors. It fixed the PC freezing issue. But, two problems are still nagging me.
First, my dvd-ram drive is not working, the icon appears as dvd-ram, but, the moment I insert any disc the dvd ram logo changes from this to this and then it even stops taking eject command.
Second, I am not able to access my flash drive. Its says this.

And the thing is in safe mode my dvd-ram and flash drive both are working fine. Please help

SOrry if i have posted it in the wrong section cuz i am confused its the hardware issue or the os issue-- move this here if i did confuse http://forums.techguy.org/21-windows-xp/


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Hi All-

Lately, whenever I plug in my flash drive or camera to the machine to use them as removable disk E:, it will allow me to view contents/copy from them for a couple minutes, then it will give me an error: "The parameter is incorrect" and they show up blank until I unplug them and plug them in again, where it will repeat the same thing.

This only happens on this desktop, the camera and flash drive are fine anywhere else. Any ideas?



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I am using Vista Home Premium.

The icons for 'Devices with Removable Storage' are missing under My Computer; whereas they appear on the left side under Folders.

Pls assist. A screen shot is attached herewith for reference.

A:Icons Missing under 'Devices with Removable Storage'

Click the chevron in the right side, in the same line as the text "Devices with removable storage". The section will then expand.

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I don't know why but when I click my computer I see my 2 hard drives but devices with removable storage drives DVD burner and BluRay burner show as CD drives. Not a big deal but is there a way to get them back to correct drive IDs?

Below are my specs:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3325 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT , 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 426456 MB; D: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 113556 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FM586, ˙˙˙, ..CN7360483D02ZS.
Antivirus: Norton 360, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled


A:Devices with Removable Storage incorrect Identity

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My folders became shortcut links and I cannot open them to access my files. Below message appears:
Windows cannot find 'D:\.Trashes/b3fdadef.com'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
There are also additional shortcut links created inside the removable device, like, $Recycle.bin and System Volume Information
Thers is one other folder name, Recycler
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16476  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.11.2
Run by Van at 20:26:10 on 2013-05-05
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.2991.1203 [GMT -4:00]
AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {86355677-4064-3EA7-ABB3-1B136EB04637}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {3D54B793-665E-3129-9103-206115370C8A}
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled* {BE0ED752-0A0B-3FFF-80EC-B2269063014C}
============== Running Processes ================
c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Drive Encryption\HpFkCrypt.exe
C:\Program Files\DisplayLink Core Software\DisplayLinkManager.exe
C:\Program Files\DisplayLink Core Software\DisplayLinkUserAgent.exe
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A:Cannot accessing files in my removable devices External HHD

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Be like here: How to Separate ?Devices and Drives? Section in Windows 8.1 Explorer ?This PC?? - AskVG

I think I'm pretty sure it wasn't like that on my windows 7 pc before I did some updates.

Or I may be mistaken and this is not happening. I think I solved it.

A:Did a windows update cause the drivers and removable devices to?

What kind of problem did your computer have that is now fixed.
No I don't want to go to what ever AskVG is.

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I beg pardons for all forumers here if I post in the wrong Subforum & also for my bad english cuz it is not my native language.. :D

I have dell inspiron n4010 notebook, runs win 7 home premium with SP1.
it can't detect any removable device I connected also my internal card reader.
if put a memory card to my card reader than nothing happen.
at first I though it maybe my internal card reader failed, than I try to use external card reader attached to USB port, than I found another problem, it detected, but when my win 7 cannot detect the driver, I used this this external card reader before n it works fine.
than I tried to attach a mobile phone that have a mass storage function. it happens again it detected but the driver not found. I'd attached this mobile before n it also works fine.
afterthat I tried a flashdrive, it also had same problem like above.
- win 7 supposed to detect any generic device isn't it?
- those devices above work fine before, but somehow now it cannot recognized.
- it's only happen for removable devices, cuz when I tried to attach keyboards and mouse the usb port work perfectly.
I should say sorry again for my bad spelling, n thank for the patient to read all those bad spellin' and more thanks if any of you can help me solve this problem.

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I would like to NOT have my two SATA hard drives and my DVD/CD player not showing as removable hardware in the list on my task bar. Any ideas anybody?



A:Hard Drive showing in removable devices

In BIOS - Is your drive controller enabled as AHCI? This allows SATA drives to be hot swap - removable. You and I can both search SevenForums for a reg hack to remove the two drives from the Safely Remove Hardware (SRH) icon list. I think there is a registry setting.

I'm a bit tired tonight, but I think you can change the BIOS setting to IDE without ill effect (not true for changing IDE to AHCI, but I think AHCI to IDE is OK).

Somebody stop me if I am wrong.

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Devices with Removable Storage incorrect Identity
I don't know why but when I click my computer I see my 2 hard drives but devices with removable storage drives DVD burner and BluRay burner show as CD drives. Not a big deal but is there a way to get them back to correct drive IDs?

Below are my specs:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft? Windows Vista? Ultimate , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3325 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT , 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 426456 MB; D: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 113556 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FM586, ???, ..CN7360483D02ZS.
Antivirus: Norton 360, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

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Hey guys I have a question, is it possible to remove floppy disk drive from view in explorer?

I don't have floppy, so I don't want to have it there.

A:Devices with removable storage,how to remove flopy DD

Yes, go into your BIOS, disable the Floppy controller, and disable assigning it a drive letter.

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CD/DVD Drive (Removable storage devices) are not Visible...plzz help me.....i am using Windows 8...All files and folders are visible...but only Removable storage device...i mean CD/DVD is not appearing....When i connect usb...it's recognising it....but when i attain to CD/DVD...it's not identifying......any one please help me.......

A:CD/DVD Drive (Removable storage devices) are not Visible..

One of the main problems with non recognition of Peripherals is the cables, in particular the power cables. Open up your machine and try plugging the power cable you have in the CD/DVD into the HD and see if the BIOS recognizes it on boot up. if you have to move plug around to get the HD to work wrap a little masking tape around it one loop and try that, often those power cables get sloppy and don't work. LOL

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Hi All,

Can anyone help me find a way to disable booting from removable devices on a toshiba Satellite R830,

thank you?

A:How do you disable booting from removable devices on Satellite R830?


You cannot ?disable? booting from an bootable device.
You can just change the booting order in the BIOS.

If you don?t want to boot, for example: USB, just set the HDD as the first booting device.
Now the notebook will boot firstly from HDD. If the HDD isn?t bootable (because of missing system), the BIOS will switch to next device, i.e: CD/DVD drive?

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I read here that "hardware manufacturers" can disable encryption on "internal, non-removable ReadyBoost devices": http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff356869.aspx
I also find the particular setting here, for unattended setup:
specifies an "EnableEncryption" key which defines whether ReadyBoost on internal non-removable devices are encrypted.  Unfortunately it defaults to "true".
However, I haven't been able to find out where I might be able to change the same setting on an already-installed system.  It doesn't appear to be in Local Group Policy, and I haven't been able
to find something like it in the registry either.  If someone can point to where this setting might be changed, it would be really helpful.

A:How to turn off encryption on internal non-removable ReadyBoost devices

Are you using a non-removable device for ReadyBoost? What kind of device is that?
AFAIK you found the correct setting, but you must make sure that Windows defines the storage you are using as non-removable.Ray - Author of Windows 7 for XP Professionals

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I've had a new computer with win7 64bit for 4 months.

A couple of days ago 4 removable discs (f,g,h & i) appeared on the page that shows details of my computer (start->computer)

Using device manager under Portable devices I see 4 units coded f,g,h & i.

I can remove them from the device manager, but when I restart the computer they reappear.

I and not aware of activating these four removable disks / portable devices.

I cannot find a way of removing or hiding these unwelcome listings

I've tried restoring my computer to a previous level, but the 4 devices/disks reappear

Any and all help welcome.


A:hiding/removing removable disks - portable devices

The first thing that I suggest when there are changes to the computer is to run a through anti virus scan. In addition download and run malwarebytes. This will elimiante the most serious of causes, we can move on from there.

Once your computer is known to be clean, in lieu of anything else, you can use system restore from before the problem. Before taking such action be sure that you did not install any new programs etc.

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I have two monitors that have ports for USB and memory card built into the side of them. When the monitor is plugged into the CPU they are assigned drive letters and become available for use. The problem I'm having is that they are sometimes interfering with my network assigned drive letters whereas they take the letter(s), J,K for instance even though it is reserved for a mapped network drive. Question: Is there any way to permanently assign drive letters to the removable devices (ports) so there is no chance that they will take my mapped drive letters?

Thanks for your help.

A:Removable devices USB port drive letter issue

I've had this issue before. The only way I found to rectify this was by changing the drive letters to way down the alphabet. My USB device wanted "G:" for some reason which was a mapped network drive. I fixed this by re-assigning the mapped drive to "Z:" but I did sort out another PC by re-assigning the USB drive letter to "Z:" and left the mapped drive as is. Hope this makes sense as even I'm cafuzzled now

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I want to Categorize Hard disc drivers and removable devices in my computer.
Please see the attachment

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greetings, first post !

i have a laptop where no removable mass storage devices work properly (they cannot be read).
the cd/dvd drive no longer can read either CD's or DVD's.
USB can no longer read thumb drives. OS is WinXP SP3.

the cd's and dvd's tested just fine in another computer, and so did the USB thumb drive.
the cd/dvd player has a drive letter, and XP correctly assigns a drive letter to the thumb drive (but prompts to format it instead of reading the data on it). when a CD is put into the cd/dvd player, no files are seen through windows explorer of the drive (0 items according to status bar).
there are no policies in the registry that would indicate a disabling of read access to removable mass storage devices. mouse and keyboard are plugged in via USB and work fine. can boot to USB, so USB reading of mass storage device only dysfunctional within windows.
scanned for malware, nothing. tried MS Fixit, nothing. can't restore due to policy disabling system restore (not my idea). reinstalled chipset drivers, nothing. removed cd/dvd from device mangler along with everything USB related, followed by reinstall of chipset drivers, nothing.

any ideas or i'm SOL and need to reimage?

thanks in advance.

edit: last thing i tried was running checkdisk, but doubt that'll fix the problem. i guess i'll find out on monday, but i'm not hopeful.

A:Solved: removable mass storage devices no longer able to be read

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Help! I have problems accessing the files in my removable devices (USB/flash disk, SD, external HDD). Files not inside folders can be opened but those inside folders cannot. My folders became shortcut links and I cannot open them to access/view the files. The virus seems to be: Worm:Win32/Dorkbot.I
Below is the message that appears whenever I click on the shortcut links in trying to open the folders:
Windows cannot find 'J:\.Trashes/b3fdadef.com'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. 

There are additional shortcut links created inside the removable device, named:  .Trashes, ._.Trashes, autorun,  $RECYCLE.BIN, 7163b97b1f3415df2c18, System Volume Information

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Does this mean files in my removable device are now corrupted? I believe my files are still there, as seen during virus scanning or by checking disk usage. Help please on how I can remove this virus and view and access my files and folders properly. Critical is my infected external HDD, which are basically all my pictures, videos and important documents.
Thank you so much and hoping for an immediate response.
Here's the DDS log:
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16537  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.17.2
Run by eurika at 20:02:13 on 2013-05-13
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A:Removable Devices infected with virus (Worm:Win32/Dorkbot.I)

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. Click the Watch This Topic button at the top on the right.Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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