How to deal with the situation – Removable drive is recognized but not displayed in windows explorer.

This problem usually occurs in windows xp when  a usb drive is usually plugged into a usb port but as some of the network permissions change overnight due to which the same drive that shown earlier as e: drive in windows explorer is not showing.

So now due to the network permission under E:\ and there is a conflict with the USb stick.

In short your removable drive or a normal usb drive is detected by the system but due to not being displayed in the windows explorer.

Lets see how you can figure out a simple solution to this problem.

1. Start >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >>Computer Management and now click on disk management.

2. Select the portable usb drive and right click on it and go to “change drive letter” then assign a new drive letter to it such as x,y,z to avoid any conflicts.

3. That’s it done! as soon as you assign a new drive letter i will show up in the windows explorer.

If you have any problem in following the above procedure leave a comment here i will be glad to answer you.

Comments

  1. says

    When the USB drive is not showing up due to some problem over night, this will work, but there are some cases where the USB fails to detect automatically.

  2. eches says

    I think a restart will do a trick on this. I probably talk about different thing, but if I had a problem, I know where to look for.

  3. Krrish says

    Simpy great,

    Keep up the good work,i don’t know how u collect these informations and shere with us but u r simpy ginny type guy.

  4. Reetuj says

    Hello, thanks for the solution, I am now able to access my USB drive via disk management, but still my explorer does not show the drive. Please help.

  5. mike says

    in my case the drive is detected in mstweakui but it stil refuses to appesr i m comp
    it opens though if i right click ->open on the drive in te disk management other than this it doesnt appear
    i have a ver old toshiba latop which had sp1 earlier and i installed sp2 recently after which the problems began..

  6. Emre Altan says

    I have the same problem on vista but I couldn’t solve, because eveytime I give a new letter, vista erase it again and again. letter shown just for one second. Not any more. any solution?????????????????

  7. Darshak says

    hi there, in my case, the USB drive is detected but Windows XP SP2 says, it can not find the required driver. The same usb drive works fine on my home computer, with Win XP SP2. Dont know what to do!!

  8. Jerina says

    Hi,
    I have Nokia 6080. When i activate the Infrared its not showing up in My computer. I’m using WinXp and i tried the same with one of my friend’s laptop i’m able to view the phone drive in My computer. Please share if you have any points..
    Thanks.

  9. Sony says

    Hi.. My usb drive detected on system tray and device hardware. But, no drive showing on explorer or disk management.. I can’t open my flash drive.. pls help

  10. GAZZA says

    COULD SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME IS THERE AN EASY SOLUTION TO THIS WINDOWS CD-DVD NOT BEING RECOGNIZED! BY THE COMPUTER, YOU SEE I AM ONLY AN OLD AUSSIE BUTTON PUSHING FREEWARE FREAK AND I AM LOST NOT ONE OF MY PRERECORDED CD,S OR DVD,S CAN BE PLAYED THIS PLAYER WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THEM OR EVEN UPDATE PLEASE, PLEASE, COULD ANY BODY HELP ME GAZZA

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