USB won't work

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  1. centurian

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    Hi
    Funny thing at the moment is that my external drives won't show up in the computer window. But my USB sticks work perfectly each time I plug one in.

    I've tested the hard drives on my laptop running Windows 10 and they show up as normal without any problems.

    So why don't they work on my desktop computer.

    Another strange thing is that I've had the disk management window open and the external drives have all appeared there one after another as I've plugged them in, yet none show up in the Computer window.

    The reason for asking the question is I have the complete series of Star Trek Voyager (yes, a Treki at heart) on the desktop computer and wanted to transfer them to an external hard drive for safe keeping and ended up putting them on a 64GB SSD USB stick.

    Any body have the same problem and like to tell me how to rectify it.

    Thanks a lot.
    Michael(centurian)
     
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    Try this, open an elevated (admin) command prompt
    Type these commands. Press Enter after each one

    Diskpart
    Automount enable
    Exit
    Exit

    See if that works.
     
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    Hello TrustMe
    Thanks for the work around, it works a treat. Still can't get the drive to show up on the desktop like it did before this problem showed up, but I'm now able to plug in an external drive with all my films on and look through it on Computer.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Could you take a screenshot of Diskmgmt when the drive(s) attached? It may be as simple as right-clicking and assigning the partition a drive letter.
     
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    This is a snapshot with my 1 TB drive plugged in.
     

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    TrainableMan ^ The World's First ^ Moderator

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    That definitely shows as an assigned drive. Based on that the drive should show up in Windows Explorer as your G: drive.

    What do you mean it doesn't show up on your desktop? Are you referring to the Autorun/Autoplay screen that can popup when you plug in a USB drive? If so then check the Control Panel settings > Autoplay.
     
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    Yes
    That's the one.
    It showed up as you inserted the drive and opened to show what was in it as well. My password file was there in a mili second and I could scan down it and find what I was looking for straight away, but now I have to click on Computer to see all that.

    Its not that much of a pain but I liked it the way it was before, you get used to these thing's.

    Playing with the Autorun/Autoplay window didn't improve the situation.
     

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    TrainableMan ^ The World's First ^ Moderator

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    If you are comfortable in the registry then run regedit & go to key ...
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Is there "NoDriveTypeAutoRun" & if so note the entry & its' value & then delete it. Reboot & then plug in your external drive and see if it works as desired. (Try your thumb drive & make sure it still works the same as always).

    The other possibility is that it may be related to protections they put in place because some nasty viruses were using autorun to spread via external devices; if so then that functionality is gone.
     
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    Hello TrainableMan
    You certainly know your stuff, because the registrary thing worked a treat.

    Many thanks for that.

    Michael.
     
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