|I have this problem where USB removable storage devices do not show up in My Computer. The drive is recognized by the system, and I can access it through an application's Open command, but the only way to access the drive in Explorer is through Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management->Explore. If a drive in connected while the system starts up, it will show up, but then it won't dissappear if the drive is removed. |
I have tried three different USB drives and they all exhibit the same problem. The drives are being assigned unique drive letters, and even if I try to change the letter to something really obscure via Disk Management, the drive still won't show up. If I boot in safe mode, the drives show up just fine, but I'm not sure how I can use that info.
The funny thing is, I had this problem a couple years ago, and somehow it resolved itself. I don't know exactly when it started happening again, but I'm thinking it might be related to upgrading to SP2. Normally I would use system restore, but the earliest restore points are after the USB problem started (my system restore was misbehaving until recently). I've tried perusing the registry, looking for relavant entries, but without knowing where to look, that isn't really getting anywhere. Any ideas?