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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.

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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.

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.

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..

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?????????????????

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!!

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.

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

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