USB Drive works fine but missing under 'My Computer'

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by G, Apr 4, 2007.

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    G Guest


    All my drive letters are free after D:, which is being used by the cd rom
    drive. I will insert my flash drive, and the windows menu comes up asking me
    what to do with the USB drive. I can open and look in there from that menu
    fine. If I go to Start > run > "explorer e:", I can browse the e: drive. When
    I am in a program and want to save something, I can save to the E: drive.
    When I go to disk management and check the volume, it is mounted and assigned
    the letter E:.

    However, if I double click on 'My Computer', the E: drive does not show up.
    Not for this flash drive, or any other.

    The only thing that fixed this last time was reimaging this machine. Does
    anyone have any ideas?

    Thank you!
    G, Apr 4, 2007
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    I'd suggest using TweakUI to see if you inadvertedly set the drives to be
    hidden in Explorer.
    If they are, just re-enable them so that they aren't hidden.

    You can download tweakui at microsoft's website (just do a search and you
    should be able to find it).

    Gary Tsang

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Media Center
    Gary Tsang, Apr 5, 2007
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    dickm Guest

    This is a well known problem with XP and assigning drive letters. If the
    expected drive letter has already been assigned to another drive, XP will not
    assign a drive letter to the USB drive.

    If you have C & D, and th enext expected drive letter is E, and E has been
    manually assigned to some other drive that isn't presently plugged in, then
    XP wants to assign E to your USB drive but it cant.

    Under disk management, try manually assigning a drive letter like Z or some
    other high, previously unused, letter to the USB drive.

    Having said all this, when this problem happened to me, I never did get it
    to work unitl I reloaded XP.
    dickm, Apr 5, 2007
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