Windows XP is not recognizing my USB drive?

WINDOWS is not recognizing my USB drive. I got all the drivers installed and also the USB drive is working fine. I solved it by following a simple procedure. If you too are facing the same problem then this will help you solve it.

Windows may be turning a blind eye to your external drive for several reasons. First, you should figure out if the problem is with that particular drive or port. Try plugging the drive into another USB port preferably one on the other side of the computer. Some ports (usually the front ones on desktops) can be more flicky than others. Next, try the drive in another PC, or another drive in the same PC. These tests will tell you if you have a bad drive (which you can replace), a reasonable workaround (use another port), or a real  problem.

If it’s a real problem, try uninstalling and reinstalling the driver for that drive. USB storage drivers are very easy to install because they’re built into the drives themselves. Here’s what to do:

  1. Connect the USB drive.
  2. In XP, select Start>Programs, right-click My Computer, and
    select Properties. Click the Hardware tab, then Device Manager. In
    Vista, click Start, type device manager, and press <Enter>.
  3. Find the drive under ‘Disk drives’.
  4. Right-click the drive and select Uninstall.
    Confirm by clicking OK.
  5. The final step: Unplug the USB drive,
    and then plug it in again. The drivers will
    reinstall automatically.

That is it and you will  have your USB showing in My Computer. If you got  any other problems with USB please mention them here along with solutions , If possible. 😀


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July 4, 2008 by: Prasanth Chandra


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