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USB drives are not seen in explorer

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Replaced motherboard? That is a whole different situation. Same exact motherboard? Windows will see it as a entirely different computer. How was it replaced? Are you sticking your HD back into it after replacement or did the HD go with it when the MB was replaced?

    You may need to do a repair install at the very least.

    Also, plug in a USB drive then boot into BIOS. Does the BIOS see the drive?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1


    I'm dreading this but think I'll have to start from scratch����������.
    Took me forever to set up the environment that includes an ssd. Such is life. Thank you all for you input
    Last edited by Gr11zzly; 16 May 2015 at 16:33. Reason: spelling
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  3. #13


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    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Replaced motherboard? That is a whole different situation. Same exact motherboard? Windows will see it as a entirely different computer. How was it replaced? Are you sticking your HD back into it after replacement or did the HD go with it when the MB was replaced?

    You may need to do a repair install at the very least.
    Also, plug in a USB drive then boot into BIOS. Does the BIOS see the drive?
    You could be right with the repair install. computer management sees the flash drives which can be opened and the data accessed from computer management/storage. Seems as if there is a process not running whose purpose would be to update explorer.
    BTW yes everything else works fine after the MOBO replacement--windows is happy other than this issue.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1


    Click image for larger versionClick image for larger version Here are the two images of the computer manager and Explorer. The disks I insert are seen and drive letters assigned. I can right click and open the drives in the manager but they fail to be shown in Explorer.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 50
    windows 8.1


    1. Try the DriveCleanup Tool
    How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Mass Storage Drivers

    2. Local policy can be set to hide drive letters in Explorer. Are you running Professional? Use gpedit command to check policy

    If you're not running Pro, you need check the registry by hand If HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion ->Explorer->NoDrives subkey exists, delete it. Following link describes both approaches
    How to hide a drive in Windows 8 / 7
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  6. #16



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Gr11zzly View Post
    Thanks. Yes have tried that. Now the question might be how to unassigned static drive letters. It may be that some letters are reserved in explorer but not in storage management? Seems like a registry corruption to me. Might have been induced when Dell replaced the mobo
    You can try using diskpart How to Remove and Assign Drive Letters in Windows with Diskpart - Make Tech Easier
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  7. #17


    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
    1. Try the DriveCleanup Tool
    How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Mass Storage Drivers

    2. Local policy can be set to hide drive letters in Explorer. Are you running Professional? Use gpedit command to check policy

    If you're not running Pro, you need check the registry by hand If HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE –> Software –> Microsoft –> Windows –> CurrentVersion ->Explorer->NoDrives subkey exists, delete it. Following link describes both approaches
    How to hide a drive in Windows 8 / 7
    Thanks for the input. All sounded logical but no improvement. Its not the professional version and the key in question did not exist. .
    Interesting thing about the cleanup tool--After running it and restarting then plugging in the flash drive I would have expected a notification to say it was installing a driver but none came. Again the flash drive was assigned a letter and can be accessed by typing in the path or opening it from storage management but nothing in Explorer. Frustrating.
    Thanks for trying
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