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Flash drive connected to USB hub; where is drive located?

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    Flash drive connected to USB hub; where is drive located?


    Not sure if I've asked this right...but the issue is finding the file location for my flash drive. My computer only has 3 external USB ports. I have tried all of them, when the flash drive is plugged in somewhere on my computer it should indicate another drive location. I can't find anything....not sure where to look or if I'm looking in the right place. All that shows is c: drive & E: drive. The E: drive is exclusive for the OS system restore (can't be used; not accessible for anything else). The only other is the DVD drive. Nowhere can I find evidence of the flash drive plugged into the USB.
    I have all the essential drivers & everything is up to date [I have a task scheduler & Driver updater software installed. All drivers are up to date. This is a new computer, only 2 months old].

    I have gone into device manager & checked all the USB & composite serial bus controllers to make sure they are powered on (my computer has an energy saving management thing & it will possibly deactivate the hubs when not in use). According to the power management settings they are not set to "sleep" but all ports are active. I can't figure out why I can't find my drive, nothing is appearing when I have the flash drive plugged in. Please advise.

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    One alternative that works


    I found one method that works. Since acquiring my computer I've not bothered with the large SSD slot on side of flatscreen all-in-one monitor. I got thinking, I have a Bell micro-sd adapter, I wondered what would occur if I slipped the chip out of my thumbdrive adapter [which connects via a USB port/hub] put it in the larger adapter & then slid that into the SSD slot on the computer. PRESTO! The system automatically recognized it & opened it as a media device under :F drive. This may be the only way I can do photo & video stuff from my micro-SD memory card from here on out. But, I still think it doesn't explain WHY I can't do it the other way by using the thumb drive adapter that plugs into the USB. The computer should open up the flash drive...or if I had my Duracell memory stick inserted, the computer should recognize something is in the USB port & open that...but it's not. So, still in need of some answers. But for the interim I've found a satisfactory alternative.
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    That adapter might be defective, there should be some indications even if memory is not formatted or at least show up as "Unknown device" in Device manager. Have you tried another known USB memory device, pen drive or what not ?
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It sounds like its not actually a USB thumb drive, its a USB card reader adapter with an SD card plugged into it. You may have to install am additional driver from the manufacturer off that device to get it to work. I say "may" because I have never used one and I'm guessing. Does it show up in disk management when plugged in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It sounds like its not actually a USB thumb drive, its a USB card reader adapter with an SD card plugged into it. You may have to install am additional driver from the manufacturer off that device to get it to work. I say "may" because I have never used one and I'm guessing. Does it show up in disk management when plugged in?
    Knowing it's make and model would help.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It sounds like its not actually a USB thumb drive, its a USB card reader adapter with an SD card plugged into it. You may have to install am additional driver from the manufacturer off that device to get it to work. I say "may" because I have never used one and I'm guessing. Does it show up in disk management when plugged in?
    Knowing it's make and model would help.
    Yes,
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    windows would/should prompt for the card readers driver when first plugged in ,
    check device manager with the adapter plugged in to see if it shows up with a yellow ! or red x ,if it does then it needs driver installed to use it
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    @ alphanumeric in Nova Scotia: you are right...I'm a newbie [far removed from being a techie] but I pick up things fast. It didn't initially occur to me that the problem could be the thing I was using is not in fact a "thumb drive" but one of those cheap portable card readers you just plug into a USB hub. I'm learning to navigate my new computer & Windows 8.1 through trial & error as I find the tutorials & reading about stuff doesn't always connect with me. I'm a "hands on" learner. Anyhow...I did keep in mind that not ALL of my USB's are 2.0's & my flashdrives [or thumb drive] work on a 2.0 connection. I do have a couple ports that are the newer 3.0. So I kept in mind that there may be a compatibility issue. However, I tried all the USB's & still I wasn't finding anything anywhere.

    In the meantime I've managed to figure everything out myself [I'd not seen all the suggestions or more accurate replies]. I was busy navigating through "my pc" & I found out the following:

    The way my computer works is that it shows an icon that looks like an external hard drive for any USB powered flash drive or thumb drive device connected to the computer. It shows up as SDHC or just SD. I didn't know to recognize this. Also, if the device is RECOGNIZED by my system..then the itty bittyest little icon shows up in bottom right side of my 'lower' task bar on my desktop. When I click upon that tiny arrow then a microscopic menu appears with some icons within it [no options to enlarge & nearly need a magnifying glass to see) in this small list of icons it showed SDHC, when I clicked on that it said "browse files"....it also showed that an :F drive had appeared...well this was my SDHC reader. That's the solution I found...I had to take my mini-sd card OUT of the portable thumb drive card reader & put it into this larger flat adapter [leftover from a Bell micro-sd card I had for a cellphone on Bell network). This proved to be helpful, as I suspected a port on the side of my computer marked "SSD" was for the adapter. I found this to be what worked.

    Evidently my portable card reader is not recognized on my system. I wouldn't even know where to begin to find a driver download for that...it doesn't matter to me cause if I need to make the files portable...I can just use the adapter to copy from the micro-sd card onto my system....then just move the files to a thumb drive. I have these really handy duracell stick drives...a 16GB & 4GB.

    I hope that everyone can follow my meaning & what I discovered about my system. I've resolved the issue on my own. I'm still very grateful & appreciative to everyone who replied. I've made myself a computer note itemizing the steps & recognition patterns so that I can retrace my actions & remember where to look in my system next time.

    Just for the sake of curiosity...to the man in Serbia I think, who said the make & model of the card reader would be helpful. It's just some cheap generic thing I bought a few years ago. It looks like a little flat hockey puck but it's been very useful. Best $16 [with tax] I ever spent. It just says CG on it. They're not even produced anymore; I picked it up on clearance...
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    OK, Ok, you are excused for now on account of "newbyness" (lol) but you said that it doesn't show up any where so it's normal to think that it either needs a driver or it doesn't work. What you described you did later with new adapter is the normal way it should be. So you solved it, good for you, good way to learn.
    Keep on learning, computing, rocking, trucking or what ever you do and may force be with you.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    .
    file explorer would have been the first place to look.oh well
    its great you got it fixed ,on your own ,, good luck ,happy computing
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